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Re-inventing the past – What does it mean to look back to go forward

2017.01.27

In Japan, 15th January has traditionally been “Coming-of-Age” day.  The tradition dates back to 8th century.  The young boys went through initiation ceremony to become the adult.  It was the significant moment in a young life.

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COMING OF AGE – 21ST CENTURY


Fast forward 1200 years, this still is a major landmark for Japanese youngsters, and it is celebrated at local city halls, where you see young people dressed up in traditional costumes.  In the current system in Japan, as soon as you are twenty, you are legally allowed to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, vote, and take responsibility.   It is a once in a lifetime day that is both mad and sobering, new start.

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The unfortunate trend is that the focus is often on the new adults seen smoking and drinking in front of TV cameras right after (or even before) the ceremonies.  These images attract attention – sometimes the disorder dominates the evening news, but there is a lot of effort to make this special moment in life to promote the positive attitudes, maintain the connection with the local communities and friends, and look forward to the future engagement with wider society.

LOOKING BACK INTO THE FUTURE


It is a day to look back on your childhood, the day to look back on the changes.  Often, new adults bury Time Capsules to be opened twenty years into the future.  This year, one of the capsules contained Nintendo DS, which did switch on.  It is unknown if the youngsters were impressed with the quality of the visuals, but it still worked, and it excited the young and old alike.  Also, this year marks 20 years of Tamagotchi.  Yes, they are going into their adulthood now, and Original Tamagotchi attended the ceremony in Asakusa City Hall.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/adv/economy/release/detail/00260371.html

These very first interactive toys have reinvented itself for 20 years and still going strong but in very advanced format.  What

What are we going to see in twenty years’ time?  What will go and what will stay in this fast moving modern world?

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SaveIn Japan, 15th January has traditionally been “Coming-of-Age” day.  The tradition dates back to 8th century.  The young boys went through initiation ceremony to become the adult.  It was the significant moment in a young life.

e788366b58a77efffe6fbb969cae443d_l

COMING OF AGE – 21ST CENTURY


Fast forward 1200 years, this still is a major landmark for Japanese youngsters, and it is celebrated at local city halls, where you see young people dressed up in traditional costumes.  In the current system in Japan, as soon as you are twenty, you are legally allowed to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, vote, and take responsibility.   It is a once in a lifetime day that is both mad and sobering, new start.

140H

The unfortunate trend is that the focus is often on the new adults seen smoking and drinking in front of TV cameras right after (or even before) the ceremonies.  These images attract attention – sometimes the disorder dominates the evening news, but there is a lot of effort to make this special moment in life to promote the positive attitudes, maintain the connection with the local communities and friends, and look forward to the future engagement with wider society.

LOOKING BACK INTO THE FUTURE


It is a day to look back on your childhood, the day to look back on the changes.  Often, new adults bury Time Capsules to be opened twenty years into the future.  This year, one of the capsules contained Nintendo DS, which did switch on.  It is unknown if the youngsters were impressed with the quality of the visuals, but it still worked, and it excited the young and old alike.  Also, this year marks 20 years of Tamagotchi.  Yes, they are going into their adulthood now, and Original Tamagotchi attended the ceremony in Asakusa City Hall.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/adv/economy/release/detail/00260371.html

These very first interactive toys have reinvented itself for 20 years and still going strong but in very advanced format.  What

What are we going to see in twenty years’ time?  What will go and what will stay in this fast moving modern world?

StockSnap_WW901VN0CC

 

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