Look What Kimonos Were Worn on Seijin no Hi, Coming of Age Day 2022

January 25, 2022 Yoko Lewis

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Coming of Age Day  (Seijin no Hi) comes every second Monday of January in Japan, so pictures of this year's new adults in kimono are coming in. Seijin no Hi is said to have been celebrated from the 8th Century CE in Japan, so It has a rich history. However, we’ve noticed some very interesting changes in recent years, with young Japanese experimenting with creative -- as well as non-traditional -- ways to wear their kimono and accessories on this day of their transition to adulthood.

So, we thought we’d share some of these, particularly because of the striking differences seen in the last few years.

 Below are pictures of three different looks:  Traditional, Gangsta, and Vintage Amami-Ohshima Kimonos. The latter features Amami Ohsima Tsumugi (pongee silk) kimonos (Something that we sell as vintage on yokodana.com--see at bottom):


  • Traditional ornate kimono, shawls etc. worn on Seijin no Hi (From Wikipedia):

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At Meiji Jingu on "Coming Of Age Day"(Wikipedia)
  •  Gangsta: Soranews24.com Kita-Kyushu, January 2022:

    Kimonos and gangsta flair to celebrate freedom and individuality before conforming to Japanese society.  Say hello to Japan’s new generation of adults, fresh from Kitakyushu’s seijinshiki ceremony .Oona McGee Jan.9.2022, Soranews24.com
     Say hello to japans new generation -- with flair Soranews24.com


    • Amami-City: From Japanese News Media: Wearing Ohshima Tsumugi Silk Kimonos, in COVID masks January, 2022:

    2022 Seijin no hi, Amami-city women in Amami Ohshima silk kimonos


    • YokoDana Kimono’s Vintage Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Kimonos & Fabrics:

    yokodana.com 110-OHSHIMA 10lbs vintage ohshima tsumugi silk kimonos
    Above: 10lbs Vintage Ohshima Tsumugi Silk Kimonos on yokodana.com


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