Japan: Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Festival)

Coming of age is a serious event in Japan. So serious that the occasion is celebrated every year during the Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Festival). In Japan, twenty is considered to be the beginning of adulthood and is the minimum age for drinking, smoking, and voting.

Up until the year 2000, Seijin no hi was celebrated annually on January 15th. The national holiday is now celebrated every second Monday in January. READ MORE