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Is 20 a special age in Japan?

Postby Shiroisan » Sat 03.26.2011 12:19 am

I couldn't help but notice in my textbook I'm learning Japanese from, that all ages are just their normal numbers, EXCEPT 20. Why is this? "Hatachi"?? Is this a special year for a nihonjin?
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Re: Is 20 a special age in Japan?

Postby Dustin » Sat 03.26.2011 12:59 am

Same thing happens for the 20th of the month, so I don't think that it's got a different name BECAUSE of the significance.

二十日 はつか hatsuka 20th

The 20th birthday IS however considered to be an adult in Japan.
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Re: Is 20 a special age in Japan?

Postby Shiroisan » Sat 03.26.2011 5:12 pm

Dustin wrote:Same thing happens for the 20th of the month, so I don't think that it's got a different name BECAUSE of the significance.

二十日 はつか hatsuka 20th

The 20th birthday IS however considered to be an adult in Japan.


Interesting. Is it more of an adult-on-a-social-level sort of thing or is there actual aspects of their government/legalities that consider a 20 year old to be the offical adult age.
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Re: Is 20 a special age in Japan?

Postby becki_kanou » Sat 03.26.2011 10:40 pm

In Japan 20 is legally an adult. At twenty you can vote, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, etc. There is a special ceremony each January for the young people who have turned 20. Coming of Age Day
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Re: Is 20 a special age in Japan?

Postby AJBryant » Fri 04.08.2011 5:31 pm

True.

But ultimately, it's not the AGE of 20 that is special. It's simply the NUMBER "20" that is special.
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