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Coming-of-Age Day celebrations in Japan

Coming-of-Age Day celebrations in Japan
Twenty-year-old Japanese tour guides dressed in traditional kimonos walk on the approach to Meiji Shrine to attend a purification ceremony with a Shinto priest to celebrate Japan's Coming-of-Age Day in Tokyo on January 8, 2010. Since tour guides will be busy working on Japan's national holiday Coming-of-Age Day on January 11, the company had a ceremony for them ahead of time. Young people turning 20 are officially recognised as adults in Japan. (Getty Images)
Coming-of-Age Day celebrations in Japan
Twenty-year-old Japanese tour guides dressed in traditional kimonos walk on the approach to Meiji Shrine to attend a purification ceremony with a Shinto priest to celebrate Japan's Coming-of-Age Day in Tokyo on January 8, 2010. Since tour guides will be busy working on Japan's national holiday Coming-of-Age Day on January 11, the company had a ceremony for them ahead of time. Young people turning 20 are officially recognised as adults in Japan. (Getty Images)
Coming-of-Age Day celebrations in Japan
Twenty-year-old Japanese tour guides dressed in traditional kimonos walk on the approach to Meiji Shrine to attend a purification ceremony with a Shinto priest to celebrate Japan's Coming-of-Age Day in Tokyo on January 8, 2010. Since tour guides will be busy working on Japan's national holiday Coming-of-Age Day on January 11, the company had a ceremony for them ahead of time. Young people turning 20 are officially recognised as adults in Japan. (Getty Images)
Coming-of-Age Day celebrations in Japan
Twenty-year-old Japanese tour guides dressed in traditional kimonos walk on the approach to Meiji Shrine to attend a purification ceremony with a Shinto priest to celebrate Japan's Coming-of-Age Day in Tokyo on January 8, 2010. Since tour guides will be busy working on Japan's national holiday Coming-of-Age Day on January 11, the company had a ceremony for them ahead of time. Young people turning 20 are officially recognised as adults in Japan. (Getty Images)
Coming-of-Age Day celebrations in Japan
Twenty-year-old Japanese tour guides dressed in traditional kimonos walk on the approach to Meiji Shrine to attend a purification ceremony with a Shinto priest to celebrate Japan's Coming-of-Age Day in Tokyo on January 8, 2010. Since tour guides will be busy working on Japan's national holiday Coming-of-Age Day on January 11, the company had a ceremony for them ahead of time. Young people turning 20 are officially recognised as adults in Japan. (Getty Images)