Tens of thousands of people in Moscow were able to experience a typical Japanese summer festival.
The event was hosted by the Japanese Embassy and local firms on Saturday and Sunday. Its organizers say it drew 93,000 people over 2 days.
Visitors learned traditional dances from a Japanese instructor. They later gathered in a circle and performed to Japanese tunes, including pop music.
A Russian instructor of traditional paper folding demonstrated how to create good-luck charms and wallets.
A vendor selling fish-shaped pancakes filled with sweet red bean paste attracted a long line of customers.
A 20-year-old participant said he likes Japan very much. He said he is thrilled to have experienced a Japanese festival.
Japanese restaurants are growing popular in Russia. Many young Russians have gained an interest in Japan through animations and comics.