It seems however, that popularity of the holiday is shrinking, according to some sources. This may be because formalwear for women, especially ofurisode customary to the ritual, is prohibitively expensive! This is increasingly a burden during times of economic hardship, which is being experienced everywhere right now, but Japan is hit especially hard by disasters and burdens afterwards. Since buying a furisode set can cost into the thousands of dollars, most of them are rented or borrowed from an older relative. Even so, many women choose to patronize beauty salons, which offer full service: professional kimono-dressing, hair, and makeup packages. It's a sensible thing to do when most women do not wear kimono anymore!
If popularity of Seijin no Hi is declining, though, you'd never know it from photos around Tokyo...
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