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    Posted January 24, 2014 by

    My 20 years ceremony

    My most memorable experience of 2013 was my coming-of-age ceremony in January. Adults in Japan are regarded as anyone over the age of 20 and are celebrated by the government. This ceremony is a traditional part Japanese culture. The day was an important memory for me. I wore furisode, which is a type of kimono, or Japanese clothing. I like wearing kimono because I do not wear it or other traditional Japanese clothing in daily life. I felt special wearing them so I was happy and excited.
    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.

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