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Japanese women dressed in kimono, who will reach the age of 20 this year, pose in front of the Cinderella Castle after attending a coming-of-age ceremony at Tokyo Disneyland on Monday.

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Is making that Vee sign for photos in the DNA of every Japanese woman?

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smartacus:

" Is making that Vee sign for photos in the DNA of every Japanese woman? "

Men, too.

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Ah yes. This is the year these ladies reach the age of maturity. They become adults in the eyes of society.

How else to celebrate than by going to Disneyland and acting like seven year olds?

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Front Centre looks like she's just spotted Captain Hook wiping his backside.

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Alphaape, Norwegian Wood. Good luck with your read. Interpretation of love, romance, jealousy, low self-esteem, incoherence is very clearly described.

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ah yes! tradition kept alive and well at Tokyo Disneyland. Who says traditional Japanese values and culture are going the way of the dinosaurs?

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smartacus :

Is making that Vee sign for photos in the DNA of every Japanese woman?

These are culturally appropriated communication symbols : like the kiss Europeans give each other, the ubiquitous hug or the 'thumbs up' of No. Americans. Anyone who has travelled a bit knows and doesn't reveal their naivette by such simplistic stereotyping.

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How else to celebrate than by going to Disneyland and acting like seven year olds?

Ivan, I bet you don't know WHO goes to Disneyland for their coming of age ceremony. It's the kids who went to school in Urayasu, the city that's right by Disneyland. It's been their tradition for years. Everyone else celebrates this day elsewhere. BTW, are you saying teenagers can't enjoy Disneyland?

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Agree with Bicultural.

The Celebration is organised by the town where the kids are registerd at a venue of their choice. Urayasu decided on Disneyland, others do it at the local town-hall, etc simple as that.

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They all look gorgeous and happy!

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These are culturally appropriated communication symbols

communicating what? Take my picture?

have a nice life ladies, remember 3.1 children each please.

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Never figured how they should manage the 0.1, etc kid. :D

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I think that they are now adult officially but it looks like that they don't recognize themselves they are age of 20. They are still not sure that if they break the law, then their names and photos come on the newspaper and TV news.

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The Ceremony is for people that turn 20 between April 2010 and April 2011, so not all are adults yet.

Hence why many get busted for underage drinking after the ceremony and other stunts.

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Is making that Vee sign for photos in the DNA of every Japanese woman?

Koreans do the same thing.

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Back right seems to be having some hand eye coordination trouble, or maybe it's a strangle gesture to the girl in front!

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It's a good thing they went there yesterday, it's freezing today.

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Sarge.

Monday was yesterday?

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the girl at back row far right dropped her drink ..........so sorry.

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Zenny - Ha ha, good catch, well, they must have been freezing today!

oberst - I'll bet she had no drink to drop.

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How else to celebrate than by going to Disneyland and acting like seven year olds?

Well, i tend to believe that seven year olds are far more mature than many "hatachi" Japanese girls/women...

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Antonios_M, that is a trick of the trade of Jgirls that just caught on.

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They are sadly all too covered up, making it impossible to really make an informed choice. Lose the fur and accessories, girls! Far left at the back on this pic alone...

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Get real, it's cold there now. They're not going to be running around outside in their Summer yukatas.

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True some stange hand signals on the group at the back. Still at their ages & in such colourful Kimomas it sends my heart to do a bit of beating.

Obviously another good photography to the one with the camera.

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Get real, it's cold there now. They're not going to be running around outside in their Summer yukatas.

Cmon now - this is the place where micro-skirts are the clothing of choice in -20 degrees. And we love this country for it!

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BEAUTEEEEEEEEEEFUL!!! And I don't mean the castle!

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