Snowy Adults Day

14 Jan

Today is a holiday in Japan.
It’s 「成人の日」(“Coming of Age Day” or “Adults Day”).

In Japan,  twenty years old is the legal age of adulthood.
The drinking and voting age is 20 in Japan.

On the second Monday of January (today), twenty-year-olds in Japan dress in kimono and attend a special ceremony.

My oldest daughter will do it next year!
I can’t believe how fast they grow up!

Anyway, every winter in Tokyo it usually snows once or twice.
It’s snowing today!

The weather had been so nice everyday recently and then, on the day that so many people dressed up for a special day, the weather went downhill.

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I feel sorry for them!

I hope the weather is nice on this day next year and the following two years … for my daughters’ ceremonies!

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20 Responses to “Snowy Adults Day”

  1. summerfield84 January 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    HI, What a heavy snow , we have !
    I hope so , too .

    • tokyo5 January 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      It seems to have stopped snowing.
      I’m glad.
      I have to work tomorrow … I don’t want a train delay!

      • summerfield84 January 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

        Me, too .

      • tokyo5 January 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

        Yeah. A snowy weekend isn’t so bad… it’s when it’s snowing and I have to go to work that I don’t like.

  2. Susan January 15, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    The snow is pretty,esp the first snow fall. I can’t say that we miss it though, we are enjoying the beautiful weather in Florida. The girls look so beautiful in their kimonos (is that spelled correctly?).

    • tokyo5 January 15, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      Yes, those kimono are beautiful … especially with the winter collar.

      Kimono are so expensive … even to rent!
      It’s too bad it snowed on their special day!

  3. Mb January 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Pretty! It snowed here in Dallas today! And it also snowed on Christmas Day, which was a lot of fun. The last time it snowed on Christmas Day here was in 2008. Then it melted pretty quickly, but this time, it stayed cold and lasted for three days.

    • tokyo5 January 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Is there a lot of snow on the ground?

      Snow looks pretty…but I’m glad that it doesn’t snow too much in Tokyo!

      • Mb January 17, 2013 at 4:01 am #

        getting snow once or twice a year would be perfect for me! I usually miss it at Christmas but don’t even think about it the rest of the year! Cold snowy days always made me want to curl up in front of a fire, in a fireplace, of course, & read a good book.

      • tokyo5 January 17, 2013 at 7:20 am #

        > getting snow once or twice a year would be perfect for me!

        How often does it snow there?

        > I usually miss it at Christmas

        I’m glad that it doesn’t usually snow in Tokyo at Xmas time … since that day is a workday in Japan!
        If it’s gonna snow, I’d like it be on a day that I don’t have to go anywhere (like last Monday :) )

        >a fireplace

        Do you have a fireplace?

      • Mb January 17, 2013 at 4:34 am #

        No, not a lot…not anything like Albany! A few inches, and it has melted already.

      • tokyo5 January 17, 2013 at 7:27 am #

        >it has melted already.

        That’s good!
        Most of the snow has melted away here too … but not all of it yet.

  4. Alice January 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    What a day for them! Hm.. it must be pretty dangerous for them to walk in their zori.

    • tokyo5 January 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      Yeah, they have to walk carefully.

  5. Patrick Cassell January 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Reblogged this on Kasseru-san's Slow Boat to Japan and commented:
    The kimonos are so beautiful and elegant.

  6. Patrick Cassell January 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    I used to live in Utah for five and a half years. That is in the mountain west of America. There is a lot of snow there. I am back in Florida now, so I am missing it. I checked the other day and Tokyo is about 5.5 degrees more north in latitude than where I live in Florida. This may help explain why it gets a little cold and windy here, but snow is rare.

    • tokyo5 January 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      It was cold enough in Tokyo to snow again today … but, thankfully, it didn’t; it was a nice, clear, sunny day.
      I’m glad … because I went up to the Tokyo Sky Tree today.

  7. Abraham Lincoln January 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    It seldom snowed when I was stationed in Japan, 1953-1956, but some did fall. I was in Sendai and our camp was where Tohoku University is now located across the Hirose River in Sendai.

    • tokyo5 January 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      I can’t believe it hardly snowed that far north in the three years you were in Japan!

      I have to ask, though … is your name really Abraham Lincoln?

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