Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Day) is celebrated as a national holiday on the 2nd Monday in January. The celebration is held for young adults as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. In Japan, the age of adulthood is 20 years old.
Shawn and I were told it was common for those turning 20 during the year to visit the shrine and dress in traditional Japanese attire. We decided to go to the Meiji Shrine to observe the festivities. There were a number of events taking place at the shrine – one of which, we believe was a wedding.
Our Japanese teacher informed us the hats worn by the people are called “eboshi”. Eboshi are worn by Shinto priests or lay persons visiting the shrine.