Today is Seijin no Hi – Coming of Age Day. It celebrates people who turn 20 this year, the age of majority in Japan.
At Jonathan’s in Ogikubo today this woman had just come from her Coming of Age ceremony and was having lunch with her proud mother. They didn’t mind me taking their photos.
Happy Halloween everybody.
Today also marks the 29th anniversary of the day I arrived in Japan – Halloween 1983. I guess I might as well stick around and go for an even 30 years, don’t you think?
I can’t believe how quickly time has gone. And how things have changed.
The Tokyo of 1983 seems almost like a different era in many ways. I have come to think of it as the Golden Age of Tokyo – pre-bubble-burst, so much new activity going on, a lot more of the old still mixing with the new, all the exciting technologies we now take for granted just starting to show their first possibilities. I’m starting to sound like an old person, remembering things which are gone and changed and how it “used to be.”
But I’m glad I was here then, and still glad I am here. As for the future…? I can see returning to U.S. sometime, or maybe living part of the year there and part of the year here.
Halloween, and then Thanksgiving through the Christmas holidays are more interesting in the U.S. But for the New Year holiday week, nothing beats Japan.
And of course I wouldn’t want to miss cherry blossom season in Japan.
Then maybe go back to the U.S. for Independence Day festivities?
Still lots to look forward to I think!
Tomorrow’s a national holiday both here in Japan and in the U.S.
Happy Sports Columbus Day!