Since 1948, the age of majority in Japan has been 20; persons under 20 are not permitted to smoke, drink, or vote. Coming-of-age ceremonies, known as seijin shiki, are held on the second Monday of January. At the ceremony, all of the men and women participating are brought to a government building and listen to many speakers, similar to a graduation ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony Government officials give speeches, and small presents are handed out to the new adults.
Today (13/01/14) was a holiday due to the ceremonies. Congratulations to all of new adults of Japan!
Kimono for this occasion can cost a girl’s family up to 10 000$(!) That’s why they often borrow one only for the ceremony.
Boys usually wear suits but sometimes they would wear dark kimono.
Report from the ceremony (Sendai, 2013)