Coming-of-Age ceremony held for victims of failed kimono firm
Jiji -- Feb 13
A group of citizens in Tokyo's Hachioji held a fresh Coming-of-Age ceremony on Monday for victims of the sudden shutdown about a month ago of kimono seller and rental firm Harenohi that attracted wide public attention and media coverage.

The event, in which participants wore kimono, was planned by Maki Nishimuro of Kimono no Nishimuro, a kimono firm in Hachioji, and supported by the Hachioji municipal government. A total of some 2.54 million yen was donated from across Japan for the event, according to the organizing committee for the ceremony.

Harenohi, based in Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, suddenly closed its operations on Jan. 8, this year's Coming-of-Age Day, forcing many client young women to give up wearing kimono at cerebration ceremonies. The firm is in now in the process of bankruptcy liquidation.

Ten new adults, and their relatives and friends attended Monday's ceremony, held at Olympus Hall Hachioji. Volunteer workers helped the new adults wear kimono prepared by the organizers, who wanted to make victims of Harenohi's bankruptcy smile.

After the event, a 20-year-old female university student, one of the participants, said, "I'm very grateful to the organizers, and I enjoyed the ceremony." At the same time, the woman said that she feels angry at Harenohi.

News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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