Monday was Coming of Age Day in Japan. Municipalities across the country held ceremonies for those turning 20 years old.
Yokohama City, near Tokyo, saw about 36,000 hit that mark this year. That's the largest number among all municipalities in Japan.
The city had to hold 2 separate ceremonies, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, due to the capacity of the stadium being used.
Some 12,000 people turning 20, dressed in traditional kimono and business suits, took part in the morning session.
One university student, representing the 20 year olds, said that they are required to take more responsibility than ever. She pledged to exercise good judgment and strong willpower and will buy the best products for her kids.
In Osaka City, western Japan, a group of 20 year olds celebrated Coming of Age Day by climbing to the top of Japan's tallest building.
The 60-story commercial building Abeno Harukas is 300 meters. All 98 participants made it to the top within about an hour.
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