The Coming of Age
In Japan the age of majority is 20 years old and on the second Monday in January all of the people who turned 20 in the previous year have a celebration. The majority of the ladies coming of age dress up in Kimonos although some wear nice western style dresses. The majority of the gentlemen coming of age dress up in suits although some wear a kind of Kimono for men. This celebration is known as "Coming of Age Day" (sometimes translated as "Adults Day") and it is a public holiday in Japan.
On Coming of Age Day people who turned 20 in that year will attend a coming of age ceremony, put on by their local city council. In the ceremony they are given a lecture about their responsibilities as adults. Also many will visit a Shinto Shrine for a blessing. I took this photo at Heian-jingu (Heian shrine) which is a popular place for a Coming of Age Blessing in Kyoto.
If you're in Kyoto on a Coming of Age Day and want to see the new adults, then head to the area between Heian-jingu and the Rohm theatre (where the civil ceremony takes place) between 10am to 1pm. The nearest train station is Higashiyama on the Kyoto Municipal Subway's Tozai Line.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D300 camera and an AF Nikkor 50f/1.8D lens. It was captured as a RAW (.NEF) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro 11. I made the following adjustments: Default camera and lens corrections applied; DxO Smart Lighting Applied (%25); Highlights (-15%); DxO ClearView Applied (%50); Contrast (+50%); Microcontrast (+25%); Vibrancy (+25%); Saturation (+15%); PRIME Noise Reduction Applied; and Cropped to 5:4 ratio.