Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.
Photo taken on Nov. 26, 2022, in Asago in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, shows about 500 lanterns lit at the Takeda Castle ruins, a tourist spot dubbed a "castle in the sky" as it is famous for a sea of clouds surrounding the ruins. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Japan captain Maya Yoshida (22) looks dejected after the team's 1-0 loss to Costa Rica at a World Cup Group E football match at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Nov. 27, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
U.S. first lady Jill Biden speaks at an unveiling of this year's White House holiday theme and Christmas decorations in Washington on Nov. 28, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A doll maker in Tokyo unveils "Hina" dolls modeled after newsmakers of the year on Nov. 29, 2022, including Yakult Swallows cleanup hitter Munetaka Murakami(lower left), the Central League's first batting Triple Crown winner since 1986. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Santa Claus arrives at Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, from Finland on Dec. 2, 2022, as part of a promotional campaign by the northern European country's airline Finnair. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo