Monday, January 09, 2006

Ai Miyazato celebrates her 20th

Remember that previous posting about Japanese female golfer Ai Miyazato?

Well, here she is, in Okinawa with her parents, decked out in a kimono for Japan's traditional coming-of-age ceremony (seijinshiki). The ceremony is held in January for everyone turning 20 that year and marks the passage from child to adult.

Officially, the Seijin-no-Hi (Coming-of-Age Day) holiday is today (January 9), but a lot of 20-year-olds who've left the nest will celebrate it when they're already home for a visit during the New Year's holiday, so that they can celebrate with their old friends.

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