Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.

A "Danjiri" float is pulled by neighborhood people through a street in Kishiwada in Osaka Prefecture on Sept. 18, 2021, as the annual two-day festival began. The traditional festival dating back about 300 years ago was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken on Sept. 18, 2021, shows the Arc de Triomphe completely wrapped in silver and blue fabric -- artwork conceived by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1961. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The four candidates running in the presidential election of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party attend a debate sponsored by video-sharing service Niconico in Tokyo on Sept. 18, 2021. The four -- (from L) vaccination minister Taro Kono, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, former communications minister Sanae Takaichi and Seiko Noda, executive acting secretary general of the LDP -- are vying for the post currently held by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Visitors gather at the Kung Fu Panda area of Universal Studios Beijing on the theme park's official opening day on Sept. 20, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
World snowboard halfpipe champion Yuto Totsuka practices in the Saitama Prefecture town of Ranzan, eastern Japan, on Sept. 21, 2021.  (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A model from "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is pictured during a media preview on Sept. 21, 2021, ahead of the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A harvest moon is seen behind a Ferris wheel at Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo on Sept. 21, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated by teammates after hitting his 45th home run of the season in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros on Sept. 21, 2021, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A roadside financial data screen in Tokyo on Sept. 21, 2021, shows the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ending down 660.34 points, or 2.17 percent, from the previous trading day at 29,839.71, in a global market rout on concerns over a potential default by giant Chinese property developer Evergrande Group. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The Waseda International House of Literature, or The Haruki Murakami Library, is shown to the media on Sept. 22, 2021, at the university's campus in Tokyo ahead of the Oct. 1 opening of the facility. The library houses an archive of materials donated by the novelist, including his works. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Japanese Princess Mako (facing camera) and Princess Kako arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Sept. 23, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (C) waves at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Sept. 23, 2021, before leaving for Washington to attend a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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