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
People gather on the night of Oct. 10, 2021, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. (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
Japan's Yuya Osako (front) and Australia's Harry Souttar vie for the ball during the first half of a Group B football match on Oct. 12, 2021, at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, near Tokyo, in the final group-phase round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (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
Japanese figure skater Kaori Sakamoto performs during a test event for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital on Oct. 14, 2021. (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
Japanese lawmakers throw their arms in the air in a customary "banzai" as the House of Representatives is dissolved in Tokyo on Oct. 14, 2021, for a general election. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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