Here is our selection of news photos taken in Japan and beyond by Kyodo News photographers this week.


Sumo wrestlers gather in the raised ring on the first day of the July Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on July 19, 2020. The tournament allows up to about 2,500 spectators per day amid concerns over coronavirus infections. (Kyodo)


Tourists stroll through lavender fields at Farm Tomita in Nakafurano in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on July 20, 2020. (Kyodo)
Nana-chan, a popular mannequin character that stands about 6 meters tall in front of Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya, dons a rainbow mask on July 21, 2020. (Kyodo)


A chef grills eel at a restaurant in Osaka on July 21, 2020. On what is traditionally referred to as the "day of the ox," many people in Japan eat eel, typically grilled with a teriyaki-like soy-based sauce, to honor an old saying that promotes consumption of the prized delicacy to help the body withstand the summer heat. (Kyodo)


Floodwater levels reach the roof of a pavilion on the banks along the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China, on July 22, 2020. (Kyodo)
Photo shows a departure flight board at Central Japan International Airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture on July 22, 2020, the first day of the central government's travel subsidy campaign aimed at shoring up a domestic travel industry hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) 
People walk in Osaka's Umeda area on July 22, 2020, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Osaka Prefecture confirmed a record 121 new coronavirus infections the same day. (Kyodo) 


Photo shows a monument depicting the Olympic rings in front of the National Stadium in Tokyo, the main venue for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, on July 22, 2020. The 2020 Tokyo Games have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
A Hakone Tozan Railway train runs beside hydrangea flowers in the Hakone hot spring resort in Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan, on July 23, 2020, as the railway fully resumes operations after being devastated in a typhoon in October 2019. (Kyodo) 


A beach in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, opens on July 23, 2020, more than 2 months behind schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) 
Children look at bamboo lanterns lit up in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 23, 2020, during an event to pray for the outbreak of the novel coronavirus to be contained and recovery of communities struck by natural calamities. (Kyodo)
Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee, who was diagnosed with leukemia last year, holds a lantern with the Olympic flame and delivers a speech during a ceremonial event behind closed doors at the new National Stadium in Tokyo on July 23, 2020, a year before the postponed Tokyo Olympics. (Pool photo)(Kyodo)

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