A lot of Japanese traditions contain real beauty, but the kimono takes some beating, and on Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi), when the nation’s 20-year-olds are bequeathed the dubious accolade of adulthood, this stunning piece of clothing can be seen all over the capital.
Brightening otherwise rather drab bits of the city.
Such as the humble post office.
And the usually far from flattering photo booth.
The latter in fact being quite appropriate, as the day involves more than a few photographs for family and friends.
Along with an incredibly large contingent of camera-clutching spectators.
But most of all it seems like a day of fun. And one filled with lots of laughter.