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coming of age

Coming of Age Day in Japan is a ritual rite of passage for young people in the year that they turn twenty. Women adorn expensive dress called furisode and the men wear either a western-style suit or more traditional dress including hakama.

The young men and women pay their respects at a local shrine and receive official congratulations from their city hall. While some attend parties afterwards, others celebrate in the street, with many exercising their newly legal right to drink alcohol. The celebrations pictured here were captured near the Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo.

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