Presentation on theme: "2ND M ONDAY OF J ANUARY N ATIONAL HOLIDAY J APAN."— Presentation transcript:
2ND M ONDAY OF J ANUARY N ATIONAL HOLIDAY J APAN
Seijin Shiki- the formal ceremony held at the local city office Govt. officials emcee the Seijin Shiki by welcoming the newly recognized adults with short speeches- advice, expectations (optional) small gifts as a token of their new status Who? Japanese men and women turning 20 by April 1 st of the previous year - March 31 st of this year (ex: April 1, 2010-March 31, 2011)
Tradition started in Japan in 741 AD as… ◦Genpuku- males b/t 12-17 yrs. old ◦Mogi- females b/t 12-14 yrs. old ◦…the giving of adult clothes and adult haircut New wave (1948)- provides legal rights to vote, drink, smoke, and be self- reliant. The “new adults” have been criticized as rude by elders for caring more about their expensive appearance than the cultural tradition-delay in adolescence! Police began to arrest rowdy adults in the late 90’s in order to subside some of the anti- social behaviors. Participation in the event is down more than likely because Japan’s birthrate is lower and population has peaked and will soon decline.
FEMALE APPEARANCEMALE APPEARANCE Furisode kimono- long sleeves (indicating unmarried) and extensive design Obi – sash tied around kimono- most expensive part of outfit Traditional Dressed by female elders of family or at a salon Expensive $10,000-new Up to $1,000- rent Western suit and tie are mostly accepted and prevalently worn Non- traditional Dark Kimono with hakama (trouser- like) Traditional
After the local celebration by the government official, the new adults are treated to a party. Many new adults will entertain with family and friends for a short time, and then meet up with their fellow newly recognized adults and party into the night. The partying is a fairly new cultural trend brought on after the post- war era (1946) by a young leader, as a Youth Festival, to boost morale in the younger generations. This tradition was nationalized in 1948 to Seijin no Hi. Each city, village, town, and district of Japan celebrates Seijin no Hi in it’s own capacity.
Ceremonial for new adults to attend a Shinto Shrine to ensure good fortune Predates the new traditions of Seijin no Hi dates back over 800 years kimono is worn like ancient samurais 10 Archers shoot 2 arrows each = 100 arrows Momote Shiki Momote Shiki