Supporters of the Japanese soccer team are cheering on its players in the central Russian city of Ekaterinburg... at a maid cafe. Japan will play Senegal in the World Cup.
Japanese supporters are arriving in Ekaterinburg.
Some of them have joined local supporters at a cafe where Russian women dressed in maid costumes serve visitors. The establishment is based on maid cafes popular in Japan.
Soccer fans flocked to public viewing events across Japan on Tuesday night to watch the national team take on Colombia in their first match of the World Cup finals.
About 320 people gathered in front of a big screen at an event in striker Yuya Osako's hometown of Minami-Satsuma in Kagoshima Prefecture.
By Ryuzo Suzuki / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior PhotographerAn about 1,000-square-meter vacant lot of land in Tokyo's Ginza district where a hotel will be built was converted into an outdoor movie theater Nov. 25 for one night only.
More than 300 viewers, including many parents and children, gathered in the cold weather to enjoy a free show that lasted about two hours. The viewers wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags.
While words may be a barrier to fully understanding an artistic performance abroad, Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo on Thursday urged spectators from overseas to enjoy the traditional Japanese art for the beauty of its "form."
"There is the language barrier. When I go abroad and watch performances there, even if I do not understand all the meaning, there is something that I can relate to," Ebizo said at Kabukiza Theatre during an event of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.
Even 20 years after the original manga and anime ended their runs in Japan, "Sailor Moon" still retains her powers and hold over her fans, as crowds to the first permanent shop dedicated to the girl superheroine will attest.
About 200 fans waited in line for the world's first Sailor Moon permanent shop to open on Sept. 23 in Tokyo's hip Harajuku district, and more than 600 customers turned up. On average, about 400 customers visited the store each day during the first week. The store has become so popular that clerks have to temporarily limit the number of shoppers allowed inside when it is overcrowded.