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Japan Photo Journal: Traditional dress for global success

(Mainichi/Takehiko Onishi)

From right, U.S., South Korean, Chinese and French students studying in Japan and a Japanese student, left, who attended a coming-of-age ceremony are seen in Tokyo's Toshima Ward on Jan. 13, 2020. The local government of the ward, where about 40% of new adults are foreigners, offered a free support program in which they can borrow kimonos and receive assistance to wear the traditional attire so they could take part in the event. The ratio of foreigners among new adults in the ward has increased 10-fold in the past 20 years but only a few percent of them attended the ceremony. Wu Ruo Lan, 20, a Chinese student studying at Rikkyo University in the ward, said, "I'm happy to turn 20 in Japan. I received help to gain awareness that I'm now an adult."

    (Japanese original by Tomofumi Inagaki, City News Department)

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