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January 10, 2017
Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 9, 2017
Draped in dazzling kimonos, thousands of expensively made-up young Japanese women marked their entry into adulthood on Monday - with many planning a night on the booze to celebrate. Formal "Coming of Age" ceremonies, which began as a rite of ancient samurai families, were held nationwide for Japan's 20-year-olds, reminding them of their responsibilities after becoming old enough to legally drink and smoke. As they fidgeted with mobile phones and stifled yawns during the speeches, the contrast i ... read more

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Secrets of the paleo diet
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