Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.
Jissho Hasegawa, the chief priest of Daichi-in temple in Chita, Aichi Prefecture, decorates containers on Jan. 15, 2022, to put in beans for "setsubun" (seasonal division) marking the start of spring under the Japanese lunar calendar. People in Japan throw beans to drive away demons and welcome good luck in early February. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Thatched farmhouses in the hamlet of Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage site, is lit up in the Gifu Prefecture village of Shirakawa, central Japan, on Jan. 16, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken Jan. 16, 2022, from a Kyodo News helicopter shows capsized and partially submerged boats at the port of Muroto in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, after the country's Pacific coast was hit by a tsunami. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People observe a silent prayer at a park in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, at 5:46 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2022, when the Great Hanshin Earthquake hit the western Japan port city and surrounding areas 27 years ago and killed more than 6,000. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Several hundred activists march in Washington on Jan. 17, 2022, a holiday honoring civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., urging Senate action to pass a bill to protect voters from racial discrimination. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Frost-covered trees, called "juhyo" in Japanese, are seen around Gozaisho Sanjo Park in the Mie Prefecture town of Komono, central Japan, on Jan. 19, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Preparation is under way at the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's Komaki base in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Jan. 20, 2022, to airlift drinking water to Australia for supply to Tonga. An undersea volcanic eruption in mid-January triggered a tsunami that caused severe damage to the South Pacific island nation. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - January 8~14
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