An event to promote Japanese culture has begun in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
More than 300 people took part in the opening ceremony of the "Japan Festival" on Saturday. It is the first time the event has been held in Turkey.
Japanese comics and animation have helped cultivate an interest in learning the Japanese language in the country, especially among the young. The number of people who have taken an exam to gauge their proficiency in Japanese has increased by more than 50 percent this fiscal year, compared to a year earlier.