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Hundreds celebrate 'Coming of Age Day' in Okinawa01:41

Hundreds celebrate 'Coming of Age Day' in Okinawa

Japan, Chatan, Okinawa
January 13, 2019 at 19:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Four men were reportedly detained by police after being caught riding an illegally modified motorbikes without a helmet while celebrating Coming of Age Day on Sunday in Chatan, Okinawa.

Young kimono-dressed men and women gathered for the ceremony, where officials held speeches on the meaning of adulthood. New Japanese adults were posing for a group photograph when suddenly four men in motorcycles drove in the street of Chatan's Mihama American Village violating traffic rules.

The men allegedly belong to the Japanese 'bosozoku' youth subculture associated with customised motorcycles.

On their way to the ceremony, some reportedly drunk new adults scuffled with the police. The police physically confronted the crowd in order to quell and disperse it.

One of the ceremony participants said that she attended the ceremony "thinking of expressing gratitude" to her parents, adding "after the ceremony, I am planning to give flowers to my parents and say 'Thank you'."

Coming of Age Day is considered a Japanese national holiday: this day celebrates young people who have reached the age of 20, which is the age of maturity in Japan, as youngsters are now legally permitted to smoke, drink alcohol and vote.

Hundreds celebrate 'Coming of Age Day' in Okinawa01:41
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Four men were reportedly detained by police after being caught riding an illegally modified motorbikes without a helmet while celebrating Coming of Age Day on Sunday in Chatan, Okinawa.

Young kimono-dressed men and women gathered for the ceremony, where officials held speeches on the meaning of adulthood. New Japanese adults were posing for a group photograph when suddenly four men in motorcycles drove in the street of Chatan's Mihama American Village violating traffic rules.

The men allegedly belong to the Japanese 'bosozoku' youth subculture associated with customised motorcycles.

On their way to the ceremony, some reportedly drunk new adults scuffled with the police. The police physically confronted the crowd in order to quell and disperse it.

One of the ceremony participants said that she attended the ceremony "thinking of expressing gratitude" to her parents, adding "after the ceremony, I am planning to give flowers to my parents and say 'Thank you'."

Coming of Age Day is considered a Japanese national holiday: this day celebrates young people who have reached the age of 20, which is the age of maturity in Japan, as youngsters are now legally permitted to smoke, drink alcohol and vote.

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