09 January 2012
AKB48 and SKE48 members Celebrate Seijin no Hi
Yesterday was Seijin no Hi (成人の日), or Coming of Age Day in Japan. Held every year on the 2nd Monday of January, it is a day to congratulate all the teenagers who have reached 20 years of age, the age of majority.
20 members from AKB48 and SKE48 have reached 20 years old over the past year.
From AKB48, they are:
Itano Tomomi, Oya Shizuka, Kasai Tomomi, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kitahara Rie, Kobayashi Kana, Suzuki Mariya, Takajo Aki, Takahashi Minami, Nakagawa Haruka, Nakaya Sayaka, Nonaka Misato, Maeda Atsuko, Masuda Yuka, and Yonazawa Rumi.
And from SKE48:
Kuwabara Mizuki, Suda Akari, Takayanagi Akane, Hiramatsu Kanako, and Matsui Rena.
Dressed in exquisite furisode kimonos, 19 of them attended the Seijin Shiki (Coming of Age Ceremony) at the Kanda Shrine in Tokyo. SKE's Kuwabara Mizuki celebrated at her hometown instead.
At the event, each of the girls individually spoke about their feelings about coming of age, their aspirations for the coming year, and what they hope to accomplish in the future.