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JFG International Coming of Age Ceremony

  • Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road East San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

The International Coming Of Age Ceremony

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Japanese Friendship Garden, Inamori Pavilion


Hosted by the Japanese Friendship Garden, Azunakai, and the San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society

The Coming of Age Ceremony (Japanese: "Seijin-shiki") is an important rite of passage for many young Japanese adults in Japan, just turning twenty. Many of them attend a ceremony at their local community center, dressed in traditional kimono or western suits to celebrate the new chapter in their lives. Unmarried women have the chance to wear the elaborate long-sleeved kimono called furisode. Families and friends will take many photos together on this occasion.

Students from all cultures and backgrounds are highly encouraged to attend this event. Kimono rental service is available, and participants are welcome to wear any other formal or cultural attire. 

The event is scheduled to run 3:30pm - 5:00pm and the itinerary will be announced soon.

Kimono and hair dressing is available (sold in separate packages). Please arrive at least one or two hours prior to event and schedule an appointment with kimono dresser Yuko Niwa at or 858.752.2206

Eligibility requirements: 18-22 years of age

Participant Entry $15 - (includes full access to the garden, Inamori Pavilion, the ceremony, refreshments, and professsional photographs.If a participant guarantees at least 3 guests, his or her entry becomes free!  Please purchase 3 tickets for guests and send an email with the names of the guests plus the candidate for free participation.  

Guest Entry $25 (student guests with valid ID are $15) - (includes same full access described above, except guests sit separately from the participants during ceremony)

Kimono Rental $65 (sold separately)  - Kimono rentals are  arranged separately through Yuko Niwa at a bargain price. For participants bringing their own kimono and wished to be dressed, there is a $25 fee. Please contact Yuko at or 858.752.2206. Photos available upon request. Be sure to mention the Japanese Friendship Garden Coming of Age Ceremony to be eligible for this price. Read further conditions below.

The day of the ceremony students can enter the garden at the front entrance and change into their kimono at dressing rooms provided at the Inamori Pavilion in the lower garden. Separate parking and entry through the bottom garden can be arranged with prior notice and proof of registration.

 Kimono Package

1. Kimono Rental is limited to 12 people. Once all 12 kimonos are rented out, kimonos are available upon request but additional cost. 

2. Hair dressing is also available upon request (additional cost). 

Please direct any additional questions about the Coming of Age Ceremony to JFG Program Coordinator Frederic Hewett at or 858.752.2206




日時:2018年1月7日 (日) 午後3時半~5時

共催: 日本友好庭園・愛絆会・サンディエゴ横浜姉妹都市協会

協賛・協力:  Pacific Fusion Photography, サンディエゴ着物クラブ, 愛絆会



この度、愛絆会及びサンディエゴ横浜姉妹都市会は、サンディエゴで三周年のインターナショナル成人式をJapanese Friendship Gardenと共催することになりました。どんな文化的背景を持った学生でも、イベントの参加を歓迎します。可能であれば、あなたの文化を代表して伝統的な衣装を着て、イベントを盛り上げてください。








参加者入場券 $15 ―(庭園とイナモリ・パビリオンへの入場、式への参加、軽食、プロによる写真撮影が含まれます。1人の参加者が3人以上のゲストを招待する場合は、その参加者の入場は無料となります。ゲスト用の入場券を3枚購入して、ゲストの名前と入場が無料になる参加者の名前をメールでお知らせください。)


ゲスト入場券 $25(学生の場合は$15になります。当日学生証をお持ちください。) ―(参加者と同じく、庭園とイナモリ・パビリオンへの入場、式への参加、軽食、プロによる写真撮影が含まれます。式の間は参加者と離れて座ることになります。)

着物レンタル $65-着物のレンタルは、成人式にあたり特別価格でご用意しております。丹羽裕子(にわゆうこ)様を通じて別途お申込みください。丹羽様には または858.752.2206からご連絡ください。ご連絡の際には、この価格でご利用いただくために日本庭園のことをお伝えください。詳細は以下の事柄をお読みください。




着付師の丹羽様( または858.752.2206)に事前にご連絡いただき、着付けのご予約をしていただいたうえで、1時間から2時間前には会場にご到着ください。

式当日、学生は庭園に正面玄関から入り、Lower gardenにあるイナモリ・パビリオンの更衣室で着物に着替えることができます。個別の駐車場やBottom gardenからの入場をご希望の際は、登録の証明が必要になりますので、事前にお知らせください。

他に質問がある場合は、programs@niwa.orgよりFrederic Hewettまでご連絡ください。


Earlier Event: December 16
Winter Membership Breakfast