I saw hundreds of women in their Coming of Age Day best: special hairstyles and furisode, 振り袖, long-sleeved kimonos. These kimonos looked quite different than any I have seen before, and from what I understand some of them are quite expensive. To keep warm, many women had a fur accessories that resembled mufflers. I’m not super big on fur, but they did look pretty cool. The young men were dressed in either suits or traditional hakama, 袴, a men’s formal, divided skirt.
My friend Naomi, of the Nikujaga post, told me a little bit about the ceremony, and showed me where it was happening. She also thought it might be a good way to get some Japanese practice in. So, with a bit of moral support, I talked to several groups of women, and a group of slightly more brash/cool guys in hakama, 袴. Some of the women weren’t as friendly as I thought they’d be (I guess have to expect at least a little bit of that with 19 & 20 year olds), but all in all everyone was really cool about taking pictures, etc.
Here are a several more pictures from the Seijinshiki and along with a very short interview of a small group of women a the ceremony. Please keep in mind that my Japanese isn’t the best in the first place, and then being a bit nervous talking to a group of natives didn’t make things any easier…but it was invigorating…I had a great time TRYING to interview people in Japanese.