Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.
Photo taken on March 4, 2023, from a Kyodo News helicopter shows a sightseeing boat approaching whirlpools at Naruto Strait off Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture, western Japan. The sightseeing season for the famous whirlpools began the same day. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter on March 8, 2023, shows the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan. It is the first time the vessel, in which a COVID-19 outbreak occurred in early 2020, has returned to Japan since the country recently reopened its ports to international cruise ships, after a nearly three-year-long hiatus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A horse-drawn carriage heads to the Imperial Palace from near Tokyo Station in the Japanese capital on March 8, 2023. The traditional procession to carry new ambassadors to Japan slated to submit their credentials to Japanese emperor is held for the first time in three years after the novel coronavirus-caused hiatus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo taken on March 9, 2023, shows the monument to the "Miracle Pine" in Rikuzentakata, northeastern Japan, the only tree in a coastal forest that was not flattened by the deadly tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Twin giant pandas -- male Xiao Xiao (L) and his sister Lei Lei -- are pictured at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo on March 10, 2023, after being separated from their mother Shin Shin as they begin transition to independence. The twins were born on June 23, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo