Faculty Advisor

Rudolph, Jennifer


The initiation ceremony in Japan, the Seijin-shiki, has experienced a decline in participation and increase in disruptive behavior displayed by the youth in the past 10 or so years. This has resulted a questioning of the need to continue the ceremony. The goal of this project was to find the reason behind the deterioration of the Seijin-shiki and provide recommendations on how to alleviate the problem. This was accomplished by exploring the relationship between the post-modern Japanese society in the 1990s and its effects on the “monster” youth of the era. This analysis was then applied to the Japanese youth of today.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts