Many cultures celebrate adulthood. In Japan, this is called Seiji no Hi, also known as the Coming of Age Day. But when does someone become an adult in Japan?

Over time, the age of adulthood in Japan has changed, from 10 to 20 years old. But on April 1, 2022, Japan changed its adult age to 18 years old. Still, anyone under the age of 20 is not allowed to buy cigarettes, enter bars, gamble, or drink alcoholic beverages. Young women wear beautiful and colorful kimonos, often rented furisodes. After that, they visit beauty salons to have their hair and makeup ready. On the other hand, young men are more comfortable wearing a suit and tie or a simple black kimono with a hakama. They then go to a conference room, a school gym, or, most recently, Tokyo Disneyland to finish the formalities. These include speeches, goal statements, awards, and—the most anticipated of all—presents.

The age at which someone must start taking on adult responsibilities differs among cultures. At what age do you think true adulthood begins?