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

Japanese gymnasts perform in the group 5 balls final en route to taking bronze at the rhythmic gymnastics world championships in Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Oct. 31, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People dressed in Halloween costumes walk through Tokyo's Shibuya area on Oct. 31, 2021, wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A vote is cast at a polling station in Tokyo in a House of Representatives election on Oct. 31, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People walk at Kokuryo Station in Chofu, western Tokyo, on Nov. 1, 2021, a day after a man carrying a knife started a fire on a Keio Line train. Authorities immediately arrested the man in connection with the incident, which took place on a 10-car train bound for Shinjuku in central Tokyo and left 17 injured, one seriously. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People walk near the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Nov. 1, 2021, when Thailand started welcoming vaccinated international visitors without requiring any quarantine period. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Spectators watch a professional baseball game between the Yakult Swallows and the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo on Nov. 1, 2021, when the Japanese government eased its 10,000-spectator attendance limit for large-scale events, such as sports games and concerts, amid a steady decline in coronavirus cases. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A gold-colored mailbox is unveiled in front of the city hall of Matsubara, Osaka Prefecture, on Nov. 2, 2021, in tribute to the gold medal won by Momiji Nishiya, who hails from the western Japan city, in the women's street skateboarding at the Tokyo Olympics at the age of 13. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers a speech at the leaders' session of the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken Nov. 3, 2021, shows skewered persimmons dried in Katsuragi in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan. The seasonal specialty, a 400-year tradition, will be shipped mainly to western Japan areas as New Year decorations. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Osaka's Midosuji street is illuminated with over 1 million LED lamps on Nov. 3, 2021 (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Former major league and Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo attends a press conference as the new manager of the Japanese baseball club on Nov. 4, 2021, in Sapporo. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Hot-air balloons fly over the southwestern Japan city of Saga, as the Saga International Balloon Fiesta begins on Nov. 4, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Environmental activists dressed as Pokemon character Pikachu call in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 4, 2021, for Japan to stop using coal for power generation, as the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, is under way. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Maple trees are lit up on Nov. 4, 2021, at Eikando Zenrinji, a temple in Japan's ancient capital Kyoto. The event, which sees about 3,000 maple trees illuminated, will be open to the public from Nov. 6 to Dec. 5. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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