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Kimonos and gangsta flair to celebrate freedom and individuality before conforming to Japanese society.

Every year in Japan, a new group of adults celebrates its 20th anniversary with a local seijinishikicoming of age ceremony“. And every year we move towards Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture, for the the biggest and baddest seijinishiki in the land.

This year, the crowd of new adults, who turned 20 the previous year or who will be 20 next April, did not disappoint, giving us all the flair we expect from the ceremony. Unlike many other seijinishiki in Japan, where participants dress modestly in costumes and kimono, the ceremony in Kitakysuhu is known for its oversized fashion, inspired by bosozoku motorcycle gangs and Yankee delinquents.

While some of the wild stares might seem intimidating, it’s actually a fun way for young people to speak out and bond with their friends, before settling in a job and a new family life that could take them away from the hometown in which they grew up.

So let’s put on our best pompadour wigs and wider shoulder pads and walk through the crowd at Kitakyushu media dome, where Kitakyushu seijinshiki was held this year on January 9. We have over 100 looks for you to enjoy, ranging from national costumes and casual wear, three-piece suits and even a plush tiger.

First, let’s move on to groups with the biggest hair, the biggest banners, and the biggest looks.

▼ This young man stole the show with his rainbow outfit and rainbow hair.

▼ He might look tough, but he’s not too shy to strike a peace sign pose with his pals!

He wasn’t the only punk to bring rainbows to this year’s event, but he didn’t have to feel embarrassed to be caught in the same outfit as someone else – these are the accessories that set you apart, especially if you invest in a banner that announces your name and hometown.

Judging by this banner, our next young rainbow punk is Shunto Ono from the Tobata neighborhood of Kitakyushu.

▼ He also added a touch of color to his comrades in dark suits.

In contrast, this rainbow punk gave his shoulders a boost with a garland of colorful roses to stand out from the crowd.

En route to the dark side, we have a group dressed in black and burgundy tones, with pompadour wigs sprayed to look like the national flag… and an inverted national flag?

▼ The pompadour wigs were so beautiful you had to admire them from every angle.

These guys were holding banners that proudly announced that they were strangers from Nakama, a nearby town that almost became a district of Kitakyushu in 2004.

Fortunately, no one was there to start a turf war, as there was a fun, party vibe in the air. It was almost as if all types of clans came together to show the world their pride in Kyushu Island, and how their celebrations are a world apart from anything you would see on mainland Japan.

▼ A time when pairing looks isn’t a divisive thing but a show of camaraderie.

And if you don’t have a banner announcing your hometown to the world, you can always go for matching fans with your name and hoodie.

Or stock up on fans and a banner.

There are no rules when it comes to what to wear or how to celebrate, as it is the last hurray of freedom for many before they become reasonable and compliant adults.

▼ If you want to celebrate your 20th anniversary in the Year of the Tiger with a tiger draped over your shoulders, go for it! No one will stop you!

Freedom and individual expression were the order of the day, with a wide variety of personalities on display.

▼ Some wore a hakama with a modern touch…

▼… others have opted for a casual outfit…

▼… while others have opted for costumes, in a wide variety of dapper styles.

▼ Some people have chosen to wear costumes from abroad, adding personal touches depending on their style.

▼ It was mostly a sea of ​​kimonos that day, though, and no two outfits were alike.

▼ Some have taken a more traditional path with their kimonos…

▼… while others have added trendy boots and accessories for a modern Taisho look.

▼ This lady went out of her way to show her love for Anpanman.

▼ This group made their presence felt with personalized umbrellas and balloons.

▼ This duo matched their outfits with huge fans who were half their size!

Fans were certainly among the most popular props in the crowd, which makes sense because while many outfits are rentals that must be returned at the end of the day, these personalized accessories can be kept forever as keepsakes of the unique event.

▼ You will need some storage space to store these huge banners though!

▼ Another popular accessory was the peace sign, which costs nothing to spruce up your look.

As in previous years, Kitakyushu seijinshiki 2022 was a great day for all involved, and we wish all of these new adults the best of luck for their future. If he’s as bright and dazzling as their costumes, their future is sure to be successful, as is that of our reporter Masanuki Sunakoma, who had his own coming of age ceremony at the age of 40, thanks to Miyabi, the most wacky seijinshiki outfit. store in Kitakyushu.

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