As 2017 winds down, these are the most popular photo galleries from Kyodo News+ over the past year:

1. Tokyo now and then - 1964/2017

A series of photographs detail how Tokyo has changed since 1964 when the city last hosted the Olympic Games.


2. Star figure skater Hanyu gives children free lessons

Star figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu offers free lessons to young skaters during a promotional event in Yokohama.


3. Otters take Tokyo cafe by storm

In Japan's never-ending quest to have the most unconventional cafes, a shop in Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district is pushing the boundaries by introducing a trio of small-clawed otters for their pet-loving customers.


4. Business as usual in Pyongyang as S. Korea-U.S. drills begin

As South Korea and the United States begin joint military drills, business continues as usual in the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang.


5. Chinese tourists flock to North Korean border

Kyodo News photographers capture images of tourist activities around the border between North Korea and China.


6. Views of Pyongyang

Kyodo News photographers capture images of life in Pyongyang following the country's first ICBM missile launch.


7. North Korea holds events to praise ruling Kim family

Between Aug. 13 and 17, North Korea held a series of events intended to celebrate the lives and rule of the Kim family.


8. The life of Princess Mako of Japan

On May 16, it was reported that Japan's Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, was soon to become engaged.


9. Portrait of lives of Princess Mako, her fiance Kei Komuro

Photos showing the lives of Japan's Princess Mako and her fiance Kei Komuro.


10. Hong Kong street scenes come to life in Tokyo miniature show

Hong Kong's past and present are brought to life in an exhibition of miniatures in Tokyo, showcasing 48 models capturing the city's vibrancy.