Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.
Osaka Castle is lit up in purple on Oct. 9, 2021, as part of the Relay for Life fundraising events for cancer patients. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Christian Vazquez of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after hitting a walk-off two-run home run in the 13th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Oct. 10, 2021, at Fenway Park in Boston. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken on Oct. 13, 2021, shows reddening kochia plants at Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka in Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan hits his second shot on the 6th hole during the first round of the CJ Cup golf tournament at the Summit Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 14, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Three Chinese astronauts wave during a press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu Province on Oct. 14, 2021, ahead of the Oct. 16 launch of the Shenzhou-13 spaceship for a six-month mission on a space station. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A launching ceremony for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's submarine Hakugei is held at a shipyard in Kobe, western Japan, on Oct. 14, 2021. The 84-meter submarine is planned to be commissioned in March 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
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