SEIJIN-shiki, US-Japan Friendship Coming of Age Celebration (日米友好成人式)

“SEIJIN-no hi,” Coming of Age Day, is a Japanese national holiday held annually on the second Monday in January. This holiday is about welcoming new adults into society and it is an opportunity for them to receive encouraging advice towards  becoming respectable adults in our society. The SEIJIN-shiki / the Coming of Age ceremonies are held across Japan in city halls, and other official centers. It’s an important rite of passage for young Japanese adults.

The JIA Foundation would like to bring this tradition to the USA and organize a hybrid version of SEIJIN- shiki titled “US-Japan Friendship Coming of Age Celebration”. We would like to welcome young adults who are not only Japanese but also those who have affinities with Japanese culture. We hope this event will be an opportunity to build friendship amongst multi-national attendees and introduce Japanese culture and values.

More detail about SEIJIN-shiki.


Date, Location

Date: Sunday January 19 1:00PM-3:30PM

Location: Bellevue College Carlson Theater (3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA 98007)


Registration to attend

REGISTRATION for new SEIJIN, young adults with birthdays between January 1998 and March 2000 (turned 20 or 21 during this time frame)


Even if you are not born between the aforementioned timeframe, you can still join in another way—We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a great success! Volunteer application is here.

More information will be updated. So please come back and check on us!


We need your support!

This event will be only possible through the support of the community.

We are very thankful for their generous support that has shaped this ceremony as a true celebration of community. Please join them in supporting our effort to create a community-wide SEIJIN-shiki for our future leaders. Fundraising is ongoing and volunteers are needed to make this event to happen.

More detail about support.