There is a lot of history behind Coming of Age Day. Ceremonies marking this day have been celebrated in Japan since 714 AD. It started when a young prince threw on new robes, and got himself a new hairstyle, simply to mark the beginning of his adulthood.
Although the day came to be held every year because of a prince, today the ceremonies are celebrated by young women as well. They wear colourful kimonos and zori sandals that are specially designed to go with traditional Japanese attire. Men, on the other hand, don formal western clothes such as a suit and tie rather than the traditional hakama kimono. Soon after the official ceremony, the young gather together and party.
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