Japanese like Cheburashka. I think that nearly all kids know him.
Even an animation series and a movie were made by Japanese creators.
We have Cheburashkas in our apartment, too.
I found the biggest one in a supermarket, sold for kids in a vending machine.
The smaller one and Krokodil Gena were found on the internet. The smallest one on the cell phone strip was bought by Katya for me.
Besides, I have a Cheburashka poster in my office.
When Katya arrived in Japan, I looked for some Russian DVDs. I found out that they are difficult to find in DVD shops, even those of Tarkovsky’s.
Cheburashka was THE exception. I rent DVDs and watched with Katya (unfortunately, Katya was found not to be a Cheburashka lover).