Coming of Age Celebration
In Japan, there is a tradition of celebrating people who turn 20 between April 2nd of the previous year and April 1st of the current year. This is to help them realize that they have become adults and to extend best wishes for their bright future. A lot of the time, women wear Japanese traditional clothes called “furisode,” which is a kimono with long sleeves. Men wear suits or traditional clothes called “hakama.” Local governments usually host Seijinshiki on the second Monday of January.
The late Sue Mehaffey made it our tradition to have seijinshiki in Omaha for Shizuoka students who turned 20 in the previous year, since they cannot attend the actual ceremony back in Japan. We will keep the tradition she started and have a celebration for Mizuki (Makino scholar who is currently a sophomore at UNO) and Chisato (exchange ILUNO student from Shizuoka University) for their coming of age. Happy Seijinshiki!