Coming of Age Day in Japan

12.January.2017 | FASHION

When someone turns 20 years old in Japan, they are considered to be 成人(Seijin, an “adult”. Coming of Age Day is one of the Japanese holidays held every second Monday in January. In Japan, 20 years old is special, like sweet 16 in America.

On this day, a ceremony, 成人式(Seijinshiki is held in the morning at local city offices to bless, encourage, and congratulate all the young people who have become adults. Every district is a little different, but there are taiko performances, yosakoi dance, and government officials give speeches at the ceremony.

You will see numerous girls wearing gorgeous 振袖(furisode around the city. Many girls would make an appointment at beauty salons to dress up and to set their hair. Girls wear furisode, a style of kimono with long sleeves, and zori sandals. Wearing furisode symbolizes a fresh start in your life. Men either wear a kimono with hakama, a traditional trouser, or a suit and a tie. 

This was the furisode set and zori sandals I wore to seijinshiki last year. It is quite expensive so many people either rent one, or buy one and reuse it with your siblings. The store lets you choose full set, including furisode, obi, fukuro-obi, obi-jime, bag, hair accessories, and zori sandals.

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Today, many people take 前撮り(maedori, a pre-photoshoot for the coming of age ceremony at a studio. You have the opportunity to send your family and relatives the photo or you can even create a mini album to look back on in the future.

This is one of my maedori. The cameraman would hand you various props like the umbrella, hagoita, a bench, etc and they would take millions of photos from different angles. 

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After the ceremony, the young adults often go to after parties with their close friends or high school/middle school classmates.

I think it would be a great opportunity to come to Japan in January to see young Japanese people wearing traditional clothes. I would recommend you to visit the big cities like Shibuya, Harajuku, and Shinjuku to take photos, or come and visit when you turn 20 so YOU can wear a furisode! 

■Writer:Jessica Poluhowich

Instagram:mintbaby

 

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    Width: 64cm / Length: 92cm / Sleeve Width: 36cm / Cuffs: 36cm / Neck: 5cm

     

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  • The kimono brand “Furifu” will hold a party! New yukatas of 2018 will be debuted

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    “Furifu to Kimono de Utage,” a party where new yukatas of the kimono brand “Furifu” will be displayed, will be held at @Light Box Studio Aoyama on the 17th of March 2018 Sun.

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    ■Information

     

    Furifu to Kimono de Utage

    Venue: Chome-16-7, 5, Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, @Light Box Studio Aoyama

    Date: 2018/03/17 (Sun.)

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    start 13:00~

    close 16:00

     

    Price: 6,000 yen

    (free food / free drink)

    Dress cord: Kimono or yukata (Japanese traditional summer clothes)

    Special site: https://furifu-utage.com/

     

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    First, Ruki learned how to bow.

     

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    Ruki “the Katana is much longer than I thought it would be and it’s difficult to use.

     

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    After rehearsing for 30 minutes, Luki could use the katana fairy well.

    And now let’s beggingSTAR WARS™/Jedi Challenges.

     

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    This isSTAR WARS™/Jedi Challenges which Lenovo developed. First , download the Jedi Challenges application and set your smartphone in the goggle. 

    The models which this app can be used are iPhone 6, Plus, iPhone X, Galaxy 7, edge, S8, Pixel / Pixel XL, LG G6, Moto Z2 Force Edition and Android smartphones.

    English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese are can be used. (2018 January )

     

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    First, connect the light saver and smartphone to Bluetooth. It’s good its wireless.

    It’s much lighter than you would think and it won’t slip because it has a good grip.

    This light saver is just like a real thing in every detail. Just by looking at it, you can enjoy the world view of this game.

     

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    Fasten the the smartphone to the goggles as is instructed in the app. It cannot be used with other apps.

    It is also recommended that you turn your banner off so that it’s not interrupt your game.

     

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    When you put your AR goggles on, a 360 degree 3D image will appear. Look around and you can enter the world Star Wars.

     

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    The half invisible characters will appear as life-sized characters. You can experience the scene where Princess Leia asks Obi-Wan for help – the best scene in EP4.

    If you play the game in the darkened room the images will be even clear and the atmosphere will be awesome.

     

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    There are 3 types of games in total, however the best game is “light saver battle.”
    In this game you can actually fight with the characters that appeared in the story using the light saver.

     

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    “I can see the light saver!” says Ruki in excitement. If it was for real you would have to do special training to be able to use the light saver. But in this game it is so easy to use. The power of technology is amazing. Thank you, Lenovo!!

     

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    At the early stage you can successfully finish but as the stages advance you enemies will become stronger and stronger. This time it is battle with Darth Maul. The life-size characters coming this way look so real-looking. Ruki looks like he is going to run away.

     

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    In the light saver battle, you have to stop you opponent’s light saver and then duck your opponent’s light saver, all the while looking for a moment for you to attack. Using AR you can experience a real battle scene. A hint will appear momentarily on the screen to suggest to you how to convey a big damage when your opponent is off guard. You have a chance to cause major damage. Don’t miss this chance. While you are playing this game you will no doubt be moving about, so make sure that there are no obstacles in your way and it is best to play the game in a wide space.

     

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    Ruki: “When you cut your opponent with the light saver, the light saver shakes and it is as if it is for real. It really feels like you have entered the world of the movie.”

     

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    Using sword-work learned directly from teacher Ukon, and after a desperate struggle, somehow you were able to win over Darth Maul.
    The light saver is not for real but this is the way you will feel.

     

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    We finished Samurai training and got a certificate.

    Overall Luki becoming a closer to be Jedi…?

     

    In addition, STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenge includes other games.

     

    Your concentration and strategy will be tested in Holochess.
    By making best use of the aliens in this game you are trying to increase your territory in the chessboard.

     

     

    This is a strategy game where rebel forces fight with the mighty empire forces.
    Enlarge your front line bases and repel the empire forces!

     

     

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    You might be able to become a Jedi by playing STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenge!

    May the force be with you!

     

     

    Model:Ruki

    Writer:Nao Shiota

     

    ◼︎Information

    STAR WARS™/Jedi Challenges

    URL:https://www3.lenovo.com/jp/ja/jedichallenges/

     

    Yumenoya Asakusa 
    Address: 1-36-8 Venis 2F, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Opening Hours : 10:00-18:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: 2 minutes on foot from Asakusa station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

    TEL:03-5770-5131

    URL:https://www.tokyo-samurai.com/

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