2nd Annual “Coming of Age” Celebration Held at Mount Union College

May 25, 2010

seijinshikicandidMount Union College’s Office of International Student Services held their own Seijin-Shiki ceremony on Sunday, January 27 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center honoring seven international students who did not have the chance to attend celebrations in their own hometowns.

Seijin-Shiki is an international celebration of turning 20 years old and truly becoming an adult. Each year on the second Monday of January, regions all over Japan hold the Seijin-Shiki Coming of Age Celebration for young men and women who will be turning 20 years old from April 1 to March 31 of that year.

The ceremony began with a presentation about the Seijin-Shiki celebration, along with pictures from different celebrations all over the world.  Each honoree received a certificate and small gift following the Japanese tradition.

seijinshikigroupAmong those honored were Mari Miki of Tokyo, Japan; Tatiana Mordvinova of Kursk, Russia; Nami Sasada of Shiga, Japan; Kosuke Tanaka of Tokyo, Japan; Kohta Toriumi of Kanagawa, Japan; Doug Terry of Guanaba, Australia and Takeru Tamura of Gunma, Japan.

“The Seijin Shiki holiday is a significant time in a Japanese young adult’s life and our office feels that it is important to help our international students celebrate their national holidays,” said Dawn Adams, Assistant Director of International Student Services.  “It is important to celebrate holidays and cultural occasions with our international students as we all have a chance to learn about their culture.”

For more information on the Seijin-Shiki Celebration or upcoming events organized by Mount Union’s Office of International Student Services, contact Dawn Adams at adamsda@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-3296.

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