横浜 で 2010年 成人式

Seijin Shiki 成人式 2010 at Yokohama 横浜.

Seijin shiki is a ceremony for anyone in Japan who turns 20. Twenty is considered as an adult age in Japan, where adults could legally smoke, drink, and vote. It is held every Monday on the second week of January, this year was January 11th, in every city in Japan. It become a public holiday called sejin no hi (成人の日) Those who turn 20 between April 2009 and March 2010 and maintain their Japanese residency were invited. Lucky me, who turns 20 in June last year, was invited for seijin shiki at Yokohama Arena. I’m the youngest YSEP and I was the only one who invited. Unfortunately, Fafa, the same 20 in February 2009, my room mate also, wasn’t invited because her seijin shiki was should be last year.

So, seijin shiki could be compared to our graduation ceremony, in terms of enthusiasm, or to sweet seventeen in term of “party of being adult” in Indonesia. But since sweet seventeen party is private and only people who have money could do that (me myself didn’t have sweet seventeen, what a waste of money… I always have dinner on my birthdat with my family and that’s enough :D), I’d say sejin shiki is more similar to graduation ceremony in Indonesia. Because the entushiasm, and the cloth you have to wear is similar.

20-years old Japanese were looking forward to seijin shiki because they could wear beautiful kimono, reunion with friends, and in addition, legally smoke and drink. So for me as a gaijin, there’s no value for me to attend seijin shiki except photo hunt! I was not alone, there are a lot of people who crowded in seijin shiki just to get pictures.

So the newly-turned-20 female adults usually wear furisode (a kimono which has very long sleeve — it’s a symbol that people who wear that is an unmarried woman), while the male could wear hakama, but now you can see a lot of males just wear formal suit. And I think i saw a girl too who wear formal suit instead of furisode, while myself yesterday only wore my very thin kebaya.

Kebaya is my country’s one of traditional clothes. Since Indonesia is a tropical country, kebaya is designed for hot season, not supposed to be wear in winter like yesterday. So I always put on my coat for first: warmth, and second: to avoid curious stares from everyone in the seijin shiki and streets — haha, kidding. I was proud as gaijin that could wear my own traditional clothes to Japanese ceremony, no way I would hide it. The thing was, it was too cold so I have to kept my kebaya under my coat😦

That's me... with kebaya... in the sea of kimono.

My friend said that in other city, you will be checked whether you are 20 or not by showingthe invitation ticket before entering the ceremony place, but not in Yokohama where there were too many people attend the ceremony. So I brought Fafa and Sujin (YSEP Korea) to accompany me. Really, they didn’t check us, my ticket was not asked either.

This is the place of seijin shiki. Very big! Chairs are full... and they held this ceremony for two session in Yokohama Arena. Imagine how many people in Yokohama turns 20 this year??

The ceremony was held inside an auditorium, very big, Fafa said that it’s 6 times bigger than Sabuga (our home university auditorium which claimed to be the biggest in Bandung). There were just Japanese speech with deaf person translator on the big, hanging TV in the auditorium, and then singing Yokohama city’s song. Taraaa.. the ceremony end. The speech was supposed to be motivating young generation to do their best, but nowadays not so many people hear it because they prefer to chat with friends, taking photos, and I heard that more and more pranks happened in the ceremony.

After the ceremony, usually the seijin gather to have a reunion with their school friends, or drink until drunk, or smoke.

Seijin got drunk after seijin shiki. And this is one of the "Drunk session". He's standing on a electric box on the side of the street. If he fell back and there was a car running, he'd probably die.

There's a lot of seijins smoke right after the ceremony. And this one is special because he wore a hakama along with special hair style🙂

Seijin are scattered everywhere. Reunion with their old friends, and then photo!!

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9 thoughts on “横浜 で 2010年 成人式

  1. Isa says:

    did anyone accompany you?

  2. Rizka Aisha says:

    Assalammu’alaikum,
    Salam kenal, Teh/Mbak!
    Saya Rizka Aisha TI’08. Mau tanya2 seputar students exchange ke Jepang boleh ga?

    • meongijo says:

      yo nanya aja.. ti itb? hmmm pernah ketemu ga ya pas ppab?

      • Rizka Aisha says:

        Hehe…, maaf br bls.
        Iya Kak. TI ITB. Sayangny pas PPAB ky’ny ga ktemu kakak atau saya-ny aja yg lupa ya?! Hehe…

        Mau curhat nih. Saya sebetulny pengen banget dapet beasiswa pertukaran pelajar ke Jepang ky’ Kakak. Tp, masih bingung apa saya sanggup ga ya? Berhubung kemampuan bahasa inggris saya yg pas2an…
        Btw, syarat2 yg plg nentuin apa aja ya Kak? Banyak ndak saingan dr ITBnya? Susah ndak untuk ndapetinnya? N masih byk lagi pertanyaan yg pengen sy tnyain. Tp, untuk sementara ini dulu deh.

        Makasih y sudah mw ngeluangin waktu diantara kesibukkan penelitiannya…
        Hehe…

  3. meongijo says:

    biasanya sih kalo exchange di jepang itu, programnya dulu yang ditawarin. baru beasiswanya. dan biasanya satu paket jadi kita ga usah nyari2 lagi, ntar programnya yang ngeapply-in beasiswanya. jadi kebetulan kalo yang tahun ini sih dapat semua beasiswanya, tapi ada juga yang ga dapet beasiswanya tp karena pengen tetep ikut programnya y dia pake biaya sendiri.

    lahahaha kalo dari awal udah merasa ga sanggup ya usaha biar dapet. intinya jangan takut buat nyoba n jangan takut gagal. kalo gagal itu sinyal2nya emang kudu usaha lebih giat lagi.

    kalo programku ini tuh ada 2 seleksi, seleksi pertama dari itb. kalo itb udah ngeoke-in, itb bakal ngasih kita application form n diseleksi lagi sama Tokodai nya. yang paling nentuin apa aku ga tau, wong bukan aku yang nyeleksi toh? hahaha… tapi memang ada batas2nya, kayak IP sama TOEFL. batasnya berapa tergantung dan bahkan ga dikasitau. Anyway karena km masih punya setahun lagi sebelum seleksinya dimulai, usaha biar IP setinggi2nya, TOEFL stinggi2nya, n pengalaman sebanyak2nya biar kalo dishortlisting bisa masuk n kalo diwawancara banyak ceritanya.

    oiya kalo aku sih mungkin karena faktor LUCKY. hahahahhaa…

    more information ada di blognya chandra http://chandra28288.wordpress.com/
    lengkap ceritanya soal apa syarat2nya n persiapan buat datang kesana (kalo keterima).

    okee gudlak.. masih ada setaun, manfaatkanlah sebaik2nya. jangan lupa sering2 ngecek pengumuman. kesempatan ga bakal datang kalo kita sendiri ga usaha🙂

    • Rizka Aisha says:

      Oke deh, Mbak…
      Smoga aja saya bisa dapet kya’ Teteh…
      Hehe…
      Doain ya… Ini lagi brusaha naikin TOEFL… (Btw, TOEFL minimumny kira2 berapa ya?)

      Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu…
      Ja mata ne….

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