Japan celebrates those who reach twenty years of age when they officially become an adult. Seijin shiki—the celebration ceremony—happens on the second Monday in January in every city. This is considered so important the second Monday in January has been declared a national holiday.
When a person reaches the age of adulthood, they visit a Shinto Shrine and show appreciation for their maturation. Kami-sama is then informed of their new adult status. As a new member of society, they vow to contribute to society, after which they pray for divine guidance and protection. The new adult then returns home and expresses gratitude to their parents and those who helped raise them well.
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America celebrates new adults and encourages them to attend a coming of age blessing ceremony.
Our head priest, Rev. Izumi Hasegawa created a video message which is also being shown on the Nadeshiko Kai website.