Peter Pan Got it Right: Growing Up is Overrated

9 Jan

The Japan Times reports that Adulthood day turnout hovers near record low. But the turnout is only low as a percentage of the overall population . . . people are still celebrating this holiday, it’s just that there aren’t as many people in this particular demographic niche.

About 1.39 million Japanese — some 720,000 men and 670,000 women — reached that milestone in 2006, about 30,000 more than the smallest group on record did in 1987, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said in a recent statement.

Tokyo Disneyland’s Coming of Age Day events were fairly well attended:

At Tokyo Disneyland, where the Urayasu Municipal Government in Chiba Prefecture held its official ceremony, about 1,200 people, or about 76 percent of the new adults living in the city, took part. Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters celebrated the occasion with them.

Makes sense to me, but then again, I celebrated my fortieth birthday cruising the skies of London with Tinker Bell.

2 Responses to “Peter Pan Got it Right: Growing Up is Overrated”

  1. collateraldamage January 9, 2007 at 3:12 pm #

    Wow. Wish I could have been there.

  2. samuraidave January 10, 2007 at 12:12 pm #

    You can still see a fair few kimono clad girls at shrines like Meiji Shrine but the population is shrinking. There did seem fewer girls than just last year.

    Of course also those furisode are expensive to buy or rent and difficult to put on.

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