Snow in Harajuku & Shibuya on Coming of Age Day 2013 – Pictures & Video

The second Monday of each new year is Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi) in Japan. This holiday is a celebration of Japanese young people who are making the transition from childhood/adolescence into adulthood. Young men and women who have reached their 20th birthday (the age when you legally become an adult in Japan) within the last year participate in ceremonies organized by local governments, as well as making visits to shrines, and partying with their friends.

One of the coolest things about this holiday for fans of Japanese fashion is that young women who are celebrating the arrival of adulthood usually dress up in beautiful furisode kimono. These young women can be seen on the streets of Tokyo (and other cities across Japan) as they make their way to shrines, events, and parties. Coming of Age Day is one of the only days of the year where you can see lots of hip young Japanese women dressed up in full kimono.

Coming of Age Day Japan 2013 Snow (104)

Every year, we enjoy spending time in Shibuya and Harajuku taking photos of girls in kimono (and guys in suits) to document this fantastic holiday. We are always happy to share these pictures of beautiful kimono with all of you. Unfortunately, for the first time in a long time, a snow storm hit Tokyo on Coming of Age Day 2013. This meant that Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku closed early, trains were delayed, roads and businesses were closed, and it was extremely cold.

Because of the Tokyo snow storm, we couldn’t get many pictures of kimono this year (as most of the few girls we did see were too cold to stop for snaps). We encourage you to check out our 2012 Coming of Age Day Kimono Pictures to see what the holiday usually looks like. However, to make up for missing out on all of the wonderful kimono, we spent several hours taking pictures of something else beautiful – Tokyo covered in snow! Please enjoy these 100+ pictures (and video) of Harajuku (Takeshita Dori, LaForet, Cat Street, Harajuku Station, Jingu Bashi, etc.) and Shibuya (Shibuya 109, Shibuya Station, Hachiko, Center Street, etc.) covered in pretty white powder!

Snow in Harajuku and Shibuya on Coming of Age Day 2013 – Video

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Snow in Harajuku & Shibuya – Pictures

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24 Comments

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    AHKA VINTAGE (January 15, 2013)

    That’s beautiful! This is where the kimono’s have long sleeves, and when they get married it gets cut of hey? Some gorgeous patterns there!
    http://www.AhkaVintage.com

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    DR (January 15, 2013)

    Nice photos! :)

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    Kaila (January 15, 2013)

    Wow, it must have been hard to take photos and videos with all the snow! *_* Thanks for these wonderful snaps ~ Wish I could turn 20 again hahaha

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    Michiko (January 15, 2013)

    Woooww!! Thanks for these beautiful photos! Good job!

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    chun (January 15, 2013)

    Oh boy! That looks terrible! I can only imagine how cold they are with wet socks and shoes :(

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    Fumi (January 15, 2013)

    I live in Cancun and I just got freezing cold looking at all those people in shorts!

    WTF?!

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    Fumi (January 15, 2013)

    Otherwise, the patterns on the kimonos were gorgeous! And brave photographer for going out in the snow to snap shots!

    Kudos to you!

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    Ichi.nii (January 15, 2013)

    Awesome photos. I would give everything just to be there :) Thanks for sharing

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    HDChan (January 15, 2013)

    Really nice Japan

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    non sibi (January 16, 2013)

    Love to see people in their kimonos on Tokyo’s snowy Monday.
    Wonderful !!

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    Victoria Moore (January 16, 2013)

    These photos make me want to go to Japan whether it’s snowing or not. It’s so beautiful there.

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    Deadly Bite (January 16, 2013)

    Poor kimono girls! >_<
    It's a real shame that you couldn't take good kimono pics like last year, but those snowy landscapes are extremely beautiful as well :))))

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    Ray mandap (January 16, 2013)

    I guess I”ve been starting to appreciate things Japanese..

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    Yurie (January 17, 2013)

    Just so beautiful ! Poor Girls >< what's the temperature?

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    TragicAngel (January 17, 2013)

    Absolutely beautiful. With all all the linings, maybe not as cold in kimono as it looks? Thank you for the snaps; stunning , love the streetscapes as well.
    Want to be rhere as well. Something a out a bit of snow really brings things out

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    johnny (January 20, 2013)

    nice photos ! but here in colombia not snow :(

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    behzad najibi (January 20, 2013)

    hi I love tokyo. from tehran iran

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    Tetsujin (January 20, 2013)

    Beautiful!!!! The layered silk is pretty warm, but any exposed places must be turning red and blue!!! Anyway, the girls in kimono look super beautiful in the snow!!!!! Thank you for all the photos!!!!!! :))

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    Amaya (January 31, 2013)

    Stunning. Without a doubt, my favorite photo set from this website.

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    simya (February 2, 2013)

    gorgeous even in snow

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    Cute Me (February 8, 2013)

    That guy which bring black umbrella on 114th picture is cute >.< O my God

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    Richard (February 13, 2013)

    Cant imagin Harajuku is so nice in snow~

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    nina (February 22, 2013)

    very nice

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    Larissa (March 14, 2013)

    The latest photos are beautiful.
    Fashion people are fashion even with snow kkk.

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