Today – Monday, January 11, 2010 – is Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi) in Tokyo. That means that walking in Harajuku you’re likely to see quite a few 20-year-old Japanese girls dressed up in furisode Kimono on their way to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Japanese boys and girls both celebrate Coming of Age Day, but it’s mostly the girls who dress up in traditional clothing and prom-like hairdos and wander around town.

The sight of modern young Japanese girls walking around in traditional kimono causes tourists – and even many locals – to smile, stare, and, of course, take millions of photos. We didn’t want to be left out, so we snapped a few quick pictures of Japanese girls on their way to – or from – Meiji Jingu. We only had our compact camera, and it was getting dark, so apologies in advance for the less-than-stellar quality of the images.

Also, we would have had more pictures, but many of the girls we asked about photos politely said “no way!” and took off running in the other direction – as their non-kimono-clad friends broke into hysterical laughter. It’s probably safe to say that many Shibuya and Harajuku girls are not too accustomed to being out in public in traditional Japanese clothing. Still, they all looked too pretty/cute. See for yourselves!

Kimono & Teddy Bear in Harajuku

Cute on the Harajuku Bridge

Japanese Friends in Harajuku

Happy to be Coming of Age in Harajuku

Japanese Girl Nail Art

Coming of Age Day 2010 in Japan

Two Pretty Girls on Coming of Age Day

Kimono & A Cute Hat

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9 Comments

  1. These are fantastic. Thanks to all the girls who posed!

  2. I love all of the Kimonos! The Kimonos are very beautiful I would love to own the girls kimono in the first picture. That is my fave out of all of the Kimonos =).

  3. I was in Tokyo for coming of age day and took a few pictures myself. It looks like a fabulous tradition and the clothing is just glorious. It is too bad the young men do not have an equivalent clothing custom.

  4. @John Ottaviano
    You mean kimono? Men DO wear kimono. LOL I read more often than not, now, they wear suits for coming-of-age day. It’s simply cheaper and easier. More than likely, all of these girls were dressed in salons, and the kimono were rented.
    Kimono is just one of those things in the world that are slowly dying out, and it’s sad. :/

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