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Eight sailing vessels from five countries, including Japan and Russia, gathered Wednesday in Yokohama port for an international sailing festival.

The festival is being held as a prelude to the World Cup final match, which will be played at International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday.

Japan and South Korea are cohosting the event.

The ships, now docked near the World Cup International Media Center and a floating structure that will host a prefinal match event, include Japan’s Kaio Maru, Russia’s Nadezhda and the Europa from the Netherlands.

Other vessels include New Zealand’s R. Tucker Thompson and a South Korean steamboat dubbed the Hannara.

Some of the vessels are on their way back from an international race in South Korea.

The Kaio Maru and the Nadezhda will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday.

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