Inaugural SEIJIN-shiki USA, US-Japan Friendship Coming of Age Celebration at Bellevue College, WA on January 19, 2020

“SEIJIN-no- hi,” Coming of Age Day, is a national Japanese holiday held on the second Monday of January to honor young adults who turned 20 years old over the past year. It is a way of welcoming them into society and is an essential rite of passage for the Japanese people. This symbolic moment of transitioning from childhood to adulthood marks the point at which the journey to become an honorable members of society begins.

On SEIJIN-no-hi, the Coming of Age ceremonies, SEIJIN-shiki, take place across Japan in city halls and other official centers. Customarily, people return to their hometowns for this celebration, the young women dress in a gorgeous kimono called furisode for the ceremony and young men weare hakama, the traditional men’s kimono.

It is an opportunity for the SEIJIN, the newly recognized adults, to receive encouraging advice for this next chapter of their lives.

 As newly gained freedom and responsibilities are celebrated in the company of family members and old friends, this moment is one that people remember for the rest of their lives. It is a memory that we all look back on fondly.

JIA Foundation has brought this tradition to USA.
We welcome new SEIJIN who are not only Japanese but also those who have affinities with Japanese culture. We hope this event will be the opportunity to build friendship amongst multi-national attendees and provide opportunities to introduce Japanese culture and values.

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