Japanese, Chinese students celebrate coming of age
Japanese and Chinese university students have jointly celebrated their coming of age and pledged to further deepen bilateral youth exchanges.
The celebration was held at a hotel in Shanghai on Sunday. A group of Japanese students studying in China organized the event to provide an opportunity for young Chinese to experience a Japanese-style ceremony for new adults.
About 200 students took part. Some wore long-sleeved kimonos.
A student made a pledge on behalf of the Japanese participants, saying they want to learn good things from each other so they will have better bilateral ties and a good future.
The Chinese representative said young people in the 2 countries will be responsible for the future several decades from now. She said their exchanges will lead to a deeper friendship.
The organizers say the annual event has gradually become more popular since the first one was held in 2012 and they had the largest number of participants this year.
A Chinese student said she is pleased she was able to take part in a Japanese-style coming-of-age ceremony.
The head of the organizing committee says she hopes the event will continue to expand.
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