Category Archives: CULTURE

Hideaki Hamada’s View of Somewhere in Tokyo

The Japanese photographer Hideaki Hamada is perhaps most well-known for his lovingly intimate depictions of his two kids, Haru and Mina. But if you are following him on any one of his social media channels, you’ll know that he also has a keen eye for capturing places in photographs that are achingly mundane yet beautifully […]

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Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Episode 15 Impression

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On this episode, Rimuru establishes an alliance for monster races. Later, King Gazeru visits Rimuru to determine if he’s a friend or foe.

So seeing Rimuru’s monster nation development is just getting awesome. Also, it was plain funny to see how our male lead not expect his own ideas/proposals get glorified. Other than that, I liked how King Gazeru got involved and develop his kingdom’s connection for the new monster nation. Now what’s going happen next and will the mysterious dark leader get involved next? I’ll be looking forward to it. Overall, more awesome new nation development and a cool action duel.

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Japanese Hand-Carved Wooden Dumbbells

Blue 2 Tokushima is an initiative to connect designers with local manufacturers in Japan’s Tokushima Prefecture with the objective of coming up with new applications for craftsmanship and manufacturing expertise. One result of that initiative are these gorgeous, wooden dumbbells. The wooden dumbbells were designed by Taku Omura, who teamed up with Ikawa Sculpture Store, […]

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Seijin No Hi: Celebrating Japanese Youth’s Rite of Passage

Seijin no Hi, or Coming of Age Day, is one of the most important national holidays in Japan, not only due to the scale of preparation and publicity but also because it’s one of the most colorful and picturesque events throughout the year. The holiday, held on the second Monday of January, celebrates young people who have reached the age of 20 in the past year — Japan’s official age of majority. It’s a rite of passage and an opportunity for adults to remind future generations that maturity is not only about the ability to legally drive, consume alcohol and vote.

When did Seijin No Hi begin?

There are several theories regarding the holiday’s origins, including some that date back as far as the 700s, when a young prince presented his clothes and hair as a sign of becoming an adult. However, the official holiday began in 1946, when a small city in Saitama (currently, Warabi City), organized an event to give hope to younger generations after World War II. Other municipalities began to follow and in 1948, Sejin no Hi was established as a national holiday to commemorate young adulthood and celebrate their journey to a new life on their own.

How is Seijin no Hi celebrated?

Before officially bidding goodbye to their childhood, 20-year-olds registered in the area are invited by each municipality to a large ceremony at its local city hall. A series of lectures are conducted by established adults (key city hall figures, for the most part) on what it means to be an adult and the responsibilities young people have for building the future. Participants are usually given small gifts and souvenirs of the event. The ceremony is followed by parties …continue reading

    

Japan’s Coming of Age Day

In Japan, turning 20 years old marks the official age of adulthood, and there is even a national holiday celebrating this big lifetime milestone. Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) is held every year on the second Monday of January in Japan. The holiday congratulates those who have recently reached or will soon reach the lawful age of maturity in Japan. Here is everything you need to know about Japan’s Coming of Age Day holiday!

History

Coming of age ceremonies have been celebrated in Japan since at least 714 AD, when it is said that a young prince wore elaborate new robes to mark his passage into adulthood. When the holiday was first established as a national holiday in 1948, it was to be held every year on January 15. In 2000, the Happy Monday System moved a number of public holidays in Japan to Mondays, in an effort to create more three-day weekends for full-time workers. As a result, Coming of Age Day was changed to the second Monday in January.

Coming of Age Ceremonies

Traditionally, Japanese youths have celebrated the milestone of turning 20 by attending Coming of Age ceremonies called Seijin-shiki (成人式). This ceremony serves as a rite of passage into adulthood, and is generally held in the morning at local city offices all throughout Japan. All young adults who turned or will turn 20 between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current year are invited to attend (but not mandatory). Government officials give speeches, and small gifts are often presented to the newly-recognized adults. Japan’s larger cities will host several of these ceremonies. In Tokyo, the ceremonies at the Shinjuku and Shibuya Ward offices are some of the biggest in the nation, and therefore receive a lot of media coverage. …continue reading