'Seijin no Hi' or the the 'Coming of Age Day' is celebrated in Japan every year on the second Monday of January. Celebrations are conducted in every city in which all young people will join together. They will wear traditional Japanese costumes and enjoy the day dressed in traditional clothes rather than modern garb.
To this day the area still produces a vast number of kimono, coming in second only to Japan’s cultural hub of Kyoto. The people of Tokamachi are extremely proud of their home grown artisanship, and host a number of events in May showing their deep connection to Japan’s traditional dress.
Semi-formal kimono are the forgotten middle child of the kimono family. They’re like your business suit or little black dress. They’re a necessary part of every wardrobe for the few times you wear it, but they’re not as glamorous as the formal garments you may own. There also aren’t as many opportunities to wear them as your very casual clothes. Semi-formal kimono bridge the gap and they can be easy to overlook.
Those who maintain venerable traditions are highly valued in Kyoto. Even though maiko and the older geiko are part of an exclusive high society, there are not enough new recruits anymore. In the renowned Gion area they dart out of taxis into teahouses at twilight, so there is little chance to stop them for a photo.
Asakusa is a district in Taito, Tokyo, famous for temples and also the Skytree. The most exciting experience I have tried in Asakusa was being dressed in a Kimono. There are different shops where you can rent a kimono, with different rates depending also on the package plan.
Mt. Fuji is Japan's most famous and beloved landmark so it is on most people's "must see" lists. However, not everyone is willing or able to climb it. Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy Fuji and the surrounding areas without hiking.
With its unique Edo-period street display, visitors to The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living can literally walk into history, and make some very modern memories taking photos in kimono.