Ramble

Jan. 15th, 2008 10:56 am
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I've got a wicked headache right now, which has little to do with it being the first day back to work after a long weekend and everything to do with this being the first morning I've been awake before noon in a few days. Friday night saw the continuation of last week's overtime, with my staying in the office until around 2:30am or so. I find that even when it's quite late, I am unable to go to sleep immediately after arriving home. I wound up not getting to sleep until sometime around 4 or 5. This of course meant I woke up late Saturday afternoon, and did not sleep that night until around 6-7am Sunday. And so on. It's a terrible, vicious cycle that I get into almost every weekend. Except this time it was compounded by the fact that Monday was a national holiday.

Seijin no Hi (成人の日) is the day when all young folk who will attain their majority (20 in Japan) during the coming school year attend a small ceremony at their local city or town office. Most young women dress up in traditional kimono, with the classic long sleeves. Some men also dress in traditional, though not nearly as many. It's interesting to note that Japan has a number of these sorts of lifestyle stage ceremonies. Rites of passage are something I think our western culture is sorely lacking.
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