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(Update) Some Coming-Of-Age Ceremonies Held despite Emergency

(Update) Some Coming-Of-Age Ceremonies Held despite Emergency

   Tokyo, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)--Coming-of-age ceremonies were held in Yokohama and some other municipalities on Monday despite a monthlong state of emergency that came into effect on Friday in the Tokyo metropolitan area due to the spread of novel coronavirus infections.
   In Tokyo, where ceremonies were canceled under the virus emergency, new adults in special attire were taking pictures to record their memories on Monday, the Coming-of-Age Day, a national holiday.
   With about 37,000 new 20-year-olds, the largest number among municipalities across Japan, the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, decided to hold ceremonies to give them once-in-a-lifetime opportunities make wonderful memories.
   To mitigate congestion and reduce infection risks, the city held eight ceremonies at two locations, including Yokohama Arena. A total of some 15,000 people attended the ceremonies.
   A 19-year-old woman took part in a ceremony from Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, where she is attending university, wearing the black kimono that her grandmother and mother had also used.

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