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Life experience helps us realize that youth is just a state of mind

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When I hear the term “coming-of-age ceremony,” I still think of Jan. 15.

A revision to the national holidays law has changed the date of the Coming-of-Age Day from Jan. 15 to the second Monday of January. But my thoughts about the day are apparently still affected by memories of the era when it was Jan. 15.

When did the current form of coming-of-age celebration begin in Japan, in the first place?

The city of Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, claims to be the birthplace of the tradition. According to the city, it originated in the “youth festival” that was held in the city in November 1946, when the nation was still in the rough times of the early postwar period.

A local youth association organized the festival to cheer up the community, which was distressed by the nation’s defeat in World........

© The Asahi Shimbun