My 20 years ceremony
Each ceremony takes place locally. I am from Yokohama city in Kanagawa prefecture so I participated in Yokohama. I planned to meet my hometown friends on the day because I love them. They are like my family. Due to these reasons, I looked forward to the coming-of-age ceremony day.
I had to prepare for the event, which included applying, make up, setting hair and wearing furisode. However, I live in Chiba prefecture now so I stayed at a hotel in Yokohama the day before because it takes 2 hours by train from Chiba to Yokohama. When I arrived at Yokohama-Arena, it was snowing heavily. Because of the bad weather, many trains were delayed and many people in Yokohama city were confused and worried about whether the ceremony would be cancelled or not. I was worried whether I could meet my friends or not. Even though the ceremony started on time, I was not able to meet my friends. While walking to the arena, I was suddenly spoken to by a person I did not know. She is from Taiwan but changed nationality to Japanese. She was one of the people participating in the ceremony. Most people attend the event with friends but she was alone. I thought ‘If she will take part in the ceremony, she must be a little lonely during ceremony.’ So I said to her participate together with my friends. I introduced her and explained this situation to my friends. Thanks to this chance, I made friends with the Taiwanese girl. I sometimes
contact still. We are good friends. Although I met some difficulty on the day of my coming-of-age ceremony, I am grateful.