Coming of Age Day (成人の日 or Seijin no Hi) is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have turned 20 years old over the past year and to help them realize that they have become adults.
We went to visit the Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine near Kyoto, which is famous for protection from evil and cherry blossom viewing. We were surprised to find out that a large martial art demonstration was taking place, with a lot of people from different swordsmanship schools.
Many weddings in Japan imply a ceremony at a Shinto shrine. The whole affair is a rather formal and traditional one and includes a religious ceremony inside the actual building of the shrine, very often a little procession with the priest and attendants, and of course a photo session with the whole family.
One of the things I really like in Japan is the ease to take photos of the people around. From my experience, it’s extremely rare for the Japanese people to refuse being taken. They will even thank the photographer!