What is Seijinshiki Anyways?

seijinshiki

Konnichiwa people. Mr. Wada desu. I would like to tell you what Seijinshiki is about this time.

What is Seijinshiki Anyways?

What? When?

The Second Monday of January is a national holiday called Seijin no hi (成人の日), Coming‐of‐Age Day in other words. It is a day for 20 year olds (well, some would be still 19) and the ceremonies are held in each city called Seijinshiki (成人式).

 

Where? How?

You would get an invitation card from the city (where you are registered) to the ceremony mostly at the civic hall etc. Some cities arrange it at unusual places like Disney Land in Urawa City (Chiba Prefecture) with free entrance. Envy them.

 

Why Join?

For many people it is like a reunion party to see old classmates who they haven’t seen for years. Otherwise they wouldn’t go to such a boring event. He he. You just hear a speech by a mayor, etc and that’s it. Dudes hang out to a party!

 

Tips

Every year I myself have fun watching gangster-types end up getting caught by police. Okinawans have a reputation like many of them come by cars with booze and party outside etc. They learn how it is like to be treated as grownups at Seijinshiki. Media wouldn’t need to hide their faces anymore (for over 20). You may wanna check them out on news at night. Heh heh. (Excuse me for being harsh)

 

Lastly

Whether you are going to a Seijinshiki or not, it is still a national holiday for everyone after all. why don’t you have some fun?

See you around!

Valentine’s Day in Japan

Valentine's Day in Japan

Guten morgen! Hei Wada. I would like to share how it is like on Valentine’s day in Japan.

Valentine’s Day in Japan

Valentine’s day was brought to Japan in the 50s and has turned into a huge business. Generally speaking, it is likely a big day for teens where girls give boys chocolate and confess their love. However, weird social life has added it a bit more complication.

valentines-day-in-japan

 

Giri Choco (to give obligingly)

Oddly many women give guys chocolate without feelings that we call it Giri choco. It occurs a lot at work actually. Women tend to feel obliged to give their bosses or other guys something just to be nice. Many men actually don’t like this custom because they feel pressured and it looks like pity chocolate. Some chocolate company must have marketed it well. Anyway Valentine’s Day is not only for couples today.

 

Honmei Choco (to give with love)

Honmei chocolate is what you give to a person you love. Since Giri chocolate came in, sometimes it’s a bit confusing if the chocolate you got is Honmei (serious). Some shy girls give away Giri chocolate and slip the Honmei chocolate in to guys they really like. Tricky.

 

White Day

Even weirder tradition exists in Asian countries including Japan. Well, it’s men’s turn after a month (March 14th). Basically men give something to women in return for Valentine’s Day. At my work, some guys would collect money and buy something to female employees. Supposedly gifts should be more valuable than Valentine’s day gifts….but not specified what. Tricky…

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It has been long enough to be a part of Japanese custom, I’d say. Unlikely in the West, it’s not really serious at least, so It’d be nice to be here on this day if you are single. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day in Japan.

See you around!