Japanese 20-year-olds have marked the moment they became adults on the
Coming of Age Day. When they reach the age of 20 men and women in Japan
can drink alcohol, smoke and vote. The national holiday sees youths
dress in elaborate traditional dress and attend a day of speeches at
their local civic office before celebrating with their families and
friends. The tradition was first established in 1948 but it has its
roots as far back as the seventh century.