Cheers for newly adults in Japan!

Happy Coming-of-Age Day in Japan! 

Last year on the exact same day I talked about how we celebrate the day for kids (well, adults) achieving 20 years old, the legal age to be considered as an “adult” in Japan. I also introduced a recipe of bar food that goes great with a drink, but this year instead of sharing some more recipe I’d like to talk more about this celebration day. 


Why is Coming-of-Age Day in Japan important THIS YEAR?

Because this is going to be the FINAL year that those newly adults can drink alcohol after attending a ceremony! From next year, they’d have to wait 2 more years because our legal age to be an “adult” is changing to 18 years old! 

Starting from April 2022, the legal age to be “adult” is lowered by 2 years. (I bet some people wonder why it’s starting from April, not January, right? But since the Japanese academic year and some business’ fiscal year starts from April, starting something new in April is easier for Japanese people.)

This new rule has been talked about as a rumor for such a long time. According to the government, lowering legal age to 18 is good because it encourages people for more social participation. Aaaaand, even though it’s written as the latter reason, I think this is what triggered the change: A majority of countries set legal age to 18 (Agh Japanese stereotype is actually true. All you have to do to convince Japanese people is to tell them “well everyone is so so why don’t you?”) 


As the legal age to be “adult” is changing, the next thing we wonder is what the legal age to drink/smoke/gamble/vote/free from parental authorization. 


Well, the answer is as below.


Vote, marriage, get a loan, get COVID vaccine without parent’s written authorization.


Drink, smoke, gamble(stayed the same as today, 20 years old)

*For marriage, girls can get married if they are 16 years old until next April, but it’s going to be raised to 18 years old, the same age as boys can get married today. 


Agh…complicated! To me, living in the US, the legal age to drink alcohol is 21 years old so there are more numbers to remember. But oh well, we have a few more months to follow the new rule, so let’s enjoy the first drink, newly adults in Japan! 


This is hard seltzer drinks from Coco Cocktail, which I won for a giveaway on Instagram! More detailed review will be coming up, but for today, let me just say “Congrats” to new adults.


Cheers to newly adults! You are now free from “Hey mom, can I do~~?” But if you have something you want to talk to your parents, I’m sure they are always there for you.

Another cheers to you all, who raised these newly adults! Now they’re fully responsible adults legally, so now take a deep breath to relax and search for your next destination for a vacation!   


So how old is the legal age to be considered as an “adult” in your country? Or to drink, to get married, to go to a club, etc? Or is there any age that your culture considers important? 

<Some Bar Food While Drinking>

Great with Sake! Simmered Root Veggies

simmered root veggies

Great with Wine! Tomato Basil Bruschetta

tomato basil bruschetta

Great with Beer! Oven Baked Onion Blossom

oven baked onion blossom

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Later you will be concerned with retirement ages, social security eligibility ages, and such less exciting milestones.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Haha exactly!!🤣👍💕✨ All those milestones you mentioned are appreciated, but I might have a debate whether I could write “Happy birthday! Now you’re officially considered as an elderly person” to my husband in future or vice versa🤣


  2. I like those three eats. Interesting that I’ve never come across the onion blossom before. Must try it out.

    It will be fun next year when three sets of people become adults at the same time

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Exactly!! Japanese city holds special celebration that day, and bet it will be super crowded😂 Crossing fingers for next year🤞 If still social distancing is encouraged, I don’t know how long the party would be ensued🤣

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  3. Livia says:

    Oh, cool, that’s very interesting, Tanooki. 😊👍
    Thanks for sharing this information about Japan and your drink. 🙏
    I still remember how I was a bit “screwed” back in Switzerland with the legal age thingy.
    When I turned 18 in June, the legal age for everything (drinking, driving, loans, whatever, is all the same in Switzerland) was still 20.
    And know what? 6 months later, they changed it to 18 🤪 I was not amused back then! 😄

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Ahhhh that’s so funny!😂😂😂 I bet you’re like “dang you guys are lucky!” to a year and 2 years younger people than you🤣🙌❤️

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      1. Livia says:

        Oops, I didn’t mean last June 😉 I was talking about June a few more than 20 years ago 😬😆👍

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Ahhhh I see!🤣🤣🤣

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    2. Tanooki says:

      And you know what Livia, I turn a year older in June too😊🙌🎉

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      1. Livia says:

        Cool 😎👍 June is a nice month for having a birthday in the northern hemisphere 😊👍 I almost always had nice warm weather on my birthday. I hope the same applies to you, too 🤩

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