Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.
Visitors look at blooming Shikizakura cherry blossoms and autumn leaves in Toyota in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Nov. 29, 2021. The cherry trees bloom in spring and autumn. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken on the morning of Nov. 29, 2021, shows sea fog off Kushimoto in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan. Photographers visit the area, known for the phenomenon that occurs on cold winter mornings. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
New Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Kenta Izumi attends a press conference in Tokyo on Nov. 30, 2021, after winning a party leadership election earlier in the day. Izumi beat Seiji Osaka, a former special adviser to the prime minister, in a runoff held after voting on four contenders. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Police and East Japan Railway Co. conduct a security drill at JR Chiba Station near Tokyo on Nov. 30, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A 20-meter-tall Christmas tree is lit up in front of red brick warehouses in the Hokkaido city of Hakodate, northern Japan, on Dec. 1, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Making of "hamaya" decorative arrows for New Year is under way at Atsuta Jingu shrine in Nagoya, central Japan, on Dec. 2, 2021. An "ema" votive tablet with an illustration of a tiger is attached to each arrow as 2022 is the year of the tiger in the Chinese zodiac. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A 7-Eleven employee attaches a merchandise item to a drone at a convenience store parking lot in Tokyo's Hinode town on Dec. 2, 2021, following the receipt of a delivery order from a local customer. Seven-Eleven Japan Co. began the same day delivery service using a drone on a test basis, aiming to commercialize it within five years. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Japanese "maiko" and "geiko" traditional professional entertainers watch a "Kaomise-Kogyo" Kabuki performance at Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto on Dec. 3, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - November 20~26
Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - November 13~19
Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - November 6~12
Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - Oct. 30 ~ Nov. 5