Coming of Age Day celebrated at 300 meters

A group of young people have celebrated Coming of Age Day in Japan on Monday by climbing up the steps to the top of the country's tallest building.

The national holiday honors people reaching age 20, which is the legal age of adulthood in Japan, with ceremonies across the country.

In Osaka City in western Japan, a group of 20-year-olds marked the occasion by going to the top of the 300-meter Abeno Harukas.

Over 100 participants wrote down their hopes for the future on a white sash and ascended 1,637 steps, wearing new suits or kimono. They made it to the top of the 60-story building in about an hour.

A 20-year-old representing the group stood on a podium in a ceremony afterward to express confidence in the group for completing the ascent.

One student said he is filled with a sense of freedom, and added that he hopes to become an adult who's also filled with smiles.

Another student, dressed in an elaborate kimono, said she was unsure if she could make it to the top at first, but that she did, and she felt proud for not giving up.

She said that in the future, she hopes to become an elementary school teacher.