More than a million people in Japan have reached the age of twenty this year, which is when they can drink alcohol, smoke, and marry without parental consent, and mass celebrations across the country usually mark this age. Still, it has been partially canceled this year due to the epidemic.
According to Deutsche Welle, Yokohama, the second-largest city in Japan, continued the celebrations despite being in a state of emergency, as events were held at the Pacifico Yokohama North Conference Hall and Yokohama Square, and on the second Monday of every January, young people who are about to turn 20 participate. Youthful Rites Day celebrations in local event halls or other large venues to celebrate the rites of the transition to adulthood.
“I decided to do celebrations today as I very much hoped that everyone would participate in celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime achievement,” said Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama.
Attendees wore face masks with traditional clothing and were temperature checked. They were reminded to keep a safe distance as participants listened to the national anthem instead of chanting it out loud.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged young people to adhere to the Coronavirus restrictions, and last week said that more than half of the new infections in Greater Tokyo, which is already under the state of emergency, were among people under the age of 30.
The concert was held in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, at the local rugby stadium. Japan has recorded nearly 4,000 Covid-19-related deaths and more than 280,000 confirmed cases, and the Tokyo Ministry of Health said late Sunday that it noticed a new variant different from the existing ones. In the UK and Brazil.
Many authorities have held alternative celebrations in Tokyo, with all 23 pavilions canceling or postponing celebrations except for one, choosing instead to present congratulatory notes online. Yuzu Fishing City in central Japan celebrated coming of age.