Japanese culture event at Kimono exhibition in Paris

A museum in Paris held a special event on Japanese culture in conjunction with its ongoing exhibition of traditional Japanese Kimono.

The exhibition at the Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac is currently displaying around 200 kimono, dating from the Edo period hundreds of years ago to today's Japan.

The museum was open to the public at no charge on Friday night for a special event featuring a Japanese drum performance and a costume show of anime characters.

French Olympic judo medalist Teddy Riner appeared on stage and spoke about his first encounter with judo and his experiences in Japan.

Riner has taken the gold twice in the men's over 100-kilogram category and once in the mixed team event.

He touched upon France's victory over Japan in the mixed team event at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

He added that Japan must be eager to win at the next Olympics, in Paris in the summer of 2024.

Riner told reporters that he became interested in Japanese culture through judo. He said Japan is a part of him and that he discovers something new every time he goes there.