Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.
A joint Japan-U.S. memorial service is held on Iwoto Island in the Pacific on Dec. 11, 2021, to commemorate the 29,000 Japanese and U.S. soldiers who died in the 1945 Battle of Iwojima during World War II. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Some 130 salmon are hung in cold winds to preserve the fish using a traditional technique of the Ainu indigenous people in Shiraoi on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Dec. 13, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo shows a shooting star from the Geminid meteor shower observed over a lighthouse in Tosashimizu, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in the small hours of Dec. 14, 2021. This year's Geminid meteor shower peaked from the evening of Dec. 13 to the early hours of Dec. 14. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken Dec. 15, 2021, shows the 6.1-meter-tall mannequin character Nana-chan clad in a Christmas tree-like dress decorated with about 4,000 LED lights in Nagoya, central Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo shows a giant votive tablet featuring an illustration of a tiger at Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine in Nachikatsuura in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, on Dec. 15, 2021, ahead of the start of 2022, the Year of Tiger in the Chinese zodiac. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A commercial area in Seoul is deserted on Dec. 16, 2021, with the central government releasing tougher anti-virus steps amid resurging COVID-19 cases. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - December 4~10
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