Coming-of-Age Ceremonies Held in Disaster Areas in Japan

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)--Coming-of-Age ceremonies were held in many places across Japan on Sunday, including areas devastated by natural disasters last year.

In the town of Saka in Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, a minute of silence was observed before a Coming-of-Age ceremony in memory of the victims of floods caused by torrential rain in July.

Naoya Nishitani, 20, chairman of the ceremony planning committee, called for the minute of silence. His home was severely damaged by the floods.

He said he accepted a request to assume the committee's chair "to return the help I received from my former classmates and the Saka town government during the disaster."

"I myself faced hardships, but we were able to overcome difficulties together. This gives me confidence for the rest of my life," Nishitani said.

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