Coming of Age Day in Fukuoka, Japan

Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) takes place annually on the second Monday of January to celebrate the birthdays of all those who have reached the magical age of twenty (hatachi) between Apr. 2 of the previous year and Apr. 1 of the current year. This year, the celebrations are taking place on January 8 (Sun.) & 9 (Mon.).


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For those in Fukuoka for the occasion, it is an opportunity to see a unique aspect of Japanese culture, as new adults mark their passage in utmost style, with participants donning their best kimono and spending small fortunes on hair styling and makeup.

If you’re interested in seeing the ceremonies (成人式 Seijin-shiki) , we’ve listed a few spots below. If you do go and visit, remember to be respectful of those celebrating, it is their day after all:

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1. Fukuoka City
Head along to Marine Messe Fukuoka on Monday to see people gathering for the seijin-shiki. It’s best to go around the start or end of the event to see people arriving and departing in their kimono.

• 1/9 (Mon.)
• Open: 13:00, Start: 14:00~15:00
• Marine Messe Fukuoka
7-1 Okihama-machi, Hakata, Fukuoka
• 092-711-4188
http://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/kodomo-mirai/tk-suishin/opinion/H28nendoseijinshiki.html

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2. Kitakyushu
While most of the seijin-shiki found in Kitakyushu follow the usual pattern of celebrations, a small but very visible group have defined their own yankii style. It’s loud, proud, and winds up the local authorities.

• 1/8 (Sun.)
• Open: 11:00, Start: 11:30~13:00
• Kitakyushu Media Dome
3-1-1 Mihagino, Kokurakita, Kitakyushu
• 093-582-2392
http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/ko-katei/11901047.html

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3. Kurume
Kurume’s celebrations start early in the morning of Jan. 8 at Hotel New Plaza.

• 1/8 (Sun.)
• Open: 9:30, Start: 10:00
• Hotel New Plaza
16-1 Mutsumon-machi, Kurume
• 0942-33-4529
http://www.kumin.ne.jp/n-koku24/index2/index2.htm

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4. Dazaifu
The Dazaifu area will be filled with kimono clad twenty year olds on Jan. 8 for the seijin-shiki. There’s also a high chance of seeing people on the Monday around the Tenmangu area!

• 1/8 (Sun.)
• Open: 13:30, Start: 14:00~16:00
• Puramu Karukoa Dazaifu Hall
1-3-1 Kanzeonji, Dazaifu
• 092-921-2121
http://www.city.dazaifu.lg.jp/admin/kosodate/shakyo/7701.html

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5. Bungy Japan Itsuki
All weekend long, Bungy Japan will be hosting an event for Coming of Age Day, with local twenty year olds jumping for free. Certainly a different way to celebrate and, if you’re feeling up for it, you can join in the jumping!

• 1/4 (Wed.), 7 (Sat.), 8 (Sun.), 9 (Mon. & Hol.)
• Check in: 12.30
• General: ¥12,000
• Those celebrating seijin no hi: general – ¥10,000
• Those celebrating seijin no hi: local price – free

Bungy Japan Itsuki
2672-8 Kō, Itsuki-mura, Kuma-gun, Kumamoto
• Reservations: http://www.bungyjapan.com

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Written by Oscar Boyd and Jasmin Bethke

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