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Adult status now gives young people new goals

Date Posted: 2006-01-12

A total of 19,544 young people in Okinawa celebrated adulthood Monday.

Coming of Age Day means they’re now eligible to vote, get married without their parents’ permission, drink and even legally smoke. Turning 20 is a big day, and a big deal.

“Bravo, now I can drink,” says 20-year-old Shigeri Higa of Nago City. “But I also feel responsibility now for everything I do from now on. I’ll do my best to be a great adult, but have awareness I must be self sufficient and take responsibility.” Another new adult, Toyoki Nakazato of Nanjou City, says “we have a new city and in February we have an election for a new mayor. I’m so excited about voting in my first election. I’ll study who is best and what is best for our new city.” Nakazato also pledged to take responsibility for nurturing friendships, and for caring more for people, too.

Saori Tamayose of Urasoe City was excited. “I feel so great and feel responsibility to the social world,” she says. “I’ve chosen to work toward welfare for senior citizens. Because I lost my grandmother, I did promise to take care of senior citizens and help them achieve long life and happiness.” Hitomi Maedomari of Miyako Jima City put it another way. “I’m studying in Tokyo right now, but I’ve found out how great a hometown I do have.” She says “in this big city of Tokyo, I live my dream that I’ll go back to Miyako Jima City and o my best to make it a great city.”

One of Okinawa’s best known young ladies, Ai Miyazato, celebrated her 20th birthday, Coming of Age on Monday. As with the other women, Miyazato was wearing a kimono, even triggering the comment of “she’s a pretty girl” from her parents.

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