Today, the second Monday of January, is Coming of Age Day. It is a Japanese holiday to celebrate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (twenty years old), and to help them realize they have become adults. Local governments hold the coming-of-age ceremonies in public halls, and after the official ceremonies, the young adults often celebrate in groups by going to parties or going out drinking.
Many women celebrate this day by wearing furisode ( a style of kimono with long sleeves that drape down) and zori sandals. They grow hair long enough to suit for furisode kimono. It is impossible to put on a furisode and tie a thick fabric obi sash into a gorgeous shape by themselves, so many visit a beauty salon to dress and to set their hair.
After the ceremony, however, she flew home to change the kimono into a dress, saying that kimono was beautiful but too tight to enjoy the party, and then went out for the school reunion party with her friends. It was a good memory now.