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Weekly Kimono Finds 03/2016 - 成人の日 Seijin No Hi special

seijin no hi

We hope you enjoyed our first weekly kimono finds post and are now eager to see what we found this week. It was an exciting week for the whole kimono world, as February 11th was “Seijin no hi“, or the Japanese coming of age day.

On this day, everyone who turned 20 in the past year gets to celebrate their new adulthood together in the next city hall. And usually this is done in traditional Japanese clothing: You guessed right, when you had kimono in your head!

More specifically, it’s probably the day with most furisode kimono out in public. And of course this is our main focus for this week, although we don’t want to hide other nice displays from you. So before we dive into Seiji no hi, we start with one of our all-time favorites:

The amazing Miki

 

There’s probably few people so dedicated to kimono like Miki. We started following her almost daily uploads of kimono pictures on Twitter, but she has since also started an Instagram account and she has her own ameblo, where she blogs also almost daily about her newest pictures, kimono purchases, kimono events and much more. Her blog is like a never-ending resource for everyone who loves kimono, especially antiques! As she works in a different field, she calls it “living a weekend-kimono-life”. Looking from the outside, it seems like she isn’t doing anything else all day long. A truly passionate kimono lover!

 

Seijin no hi (成人の日)

There has been some debate recently, if girls should be allowed to wear “untraditional” clothing for seijin no hi. And with untraditional, we don’t exactly mean western clothes. Instead, girls have started using “Oiran-Style” kimonos at seijin no hi celebrations. If you aren’t familiar with oiran: In contrast to geisha, oiran were prostitutes, highly regarded and popular, but prostitutes nonetheless. So it is understandable, why this might make some old fashioned people angry, especially because seijin no hi is one of the last still functional bastions of Japanese tradition.


But not everyone loves to draw attention to them, just because you can see their shoulders (one of the untraditional things the older generation is complaining about). Others just love to wear their traditional furisode the way it is meant to be.

ゆりっぺ と りーちゃん <img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> 笑 . . 小学校からの 親友 と 成人式 で 会えて めっちゃうれしかった <img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> 私たち、ちょっとでも 大人 になれたかな?<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> . 成人式は 、小学校しか 地元じゃなかったけど 懐かしい人にいっぱい会えて たのしかったし 行ってほんまによかった〜〜〜っ <img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> なみきちゃん 、ありがとうね (((o(*▽*)o))) . . #成人式 #成人の日 #振袖 #幼なじみ #親友 #YuriRikako #大学生 と #美容学生 #0111 #ソフィア堺 #東深井小学校 #深井 #堺市 #中区

A photo posted by rikako arimoto <img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> 리카코 (@i_am___ri) on

2016年1月11日#成人の日#振袖#成人式#kobe#love#happy#japan

A photo posted by Midori (@11midori25) on

明石公園とは思えないね、これ<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> さきん(@sakin0710)が撮ってくれたんだっけ?笑 かな(@ak___aipc)が撮ってくれたんだっけ?笑 忘れちゃったけど、この写真お気に入り<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> 2人とも一緒に撮影会してくれてありがとう! 前撮り並みの写真がたくさん撮れて、撮る側としても、撮られる側としても、大満足<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> #成人式 #成人の日 #振袖 #鶴 #明石公園 #一生に一度だから #まだまだ投稿する気 #みんなの振袖写真撮りたい欲がすごい #そんなわけには行かず #衝動を抑えるしかない

A photo posted by Mana Furuzono (@manapiiiiiiiiii) on

成人式、おめでとう. #kimono #tokyo #japan #着物 #成人式 #成人の日 #原宿

A photo posted by Todd Fong (@toddfong) on

#成人の日#相生市

A photo posted by Ayame (@lllllosfs_q) on

2016/1/11(月) _ 成人の日 <img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”>祝新成人<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> 20歳もこの3人変わらない。 素敵な大人になりましょう<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> _ 亡き祖母が母に買ったものを娘の私が受け継ぎ 今年その振袖を着て晴れて成人を迎えられたこと 天国で祖母もお祝いしてくれてることを願う 本当に大好きだったから見せてあげたかったな ありがとう、いつまでも大好きだよ、おばあちゃん _ #成人の日 #新成人 #成人式 #横浜アリーナ #横アリ #横浜 #はまっこ #樽町 #20歳 #振袖 #素敵#japan #yokohama #girl #kimono #beautiful #cutie #ceremony #yokohamaarena #celebration #bff #friends #love #<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> #<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> #<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> #<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”> #0113 #2016

A photo posted by Sayuri Inoue (@sayuri_311) on

人生で一度きりの成人式。 久々にみんなに会えた。みんな綺麗だった<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”>やっぱ女の子って最高⤴︎⤴︎椙山の動物園みたいなうるささ大好き。<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”>(笑)ほんとに椙山でよかった。椙山アイシテル<img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”><img draggable=” class=”emoji” draggable=”false”>執行部のみなさんありがとう、お疲れ様でした(^_^) 2016.01.11 椙山女学園中学・高等学校成人式 #0111#成人の日#椙山#sgym#girls#成人式#20#大人#振袖#ふりそでーしょん#だいすき #わたしはどこでしょう笑

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Some cities, like Kyoto, also have special events surrounding seijin no hi. For example an archery event:

 

This week’s Twitter kimono top-4

Bonus: Speaking of untraditional

As a small bonus, we wold like to highlight a great photographer and an amazing model.
I can see, how the old guys in power might have a problem with a girl wearing this kimono-style robe during seijin no hi…

And last but not least, a video, ranging from traditional to…not so traditional. We can only imagine the fights between some of the kids and their disappointed parents.

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