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Seijinshiki, or Coming of Age festival, on 15 January, when the young men wear the hakama, a long divided skirt, and the young women the long-sleeved kimono, or furisode. The Seijinshiki is regarded by many foreign visitors as a good time for kimono-viewing. Not that these charming complexions are unassisted.

"What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
Since everyone hath, every one, one shade,
And you, but one, can every shadow lend ..."