Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.

Oct. 28

People gather near a residential house where the late former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang spent his childhood in Hefei, Anhui Province, on Oct. 28, 2023, following his sudden death the previous day. (Kyodo) 
Japan's Kaori Sakamoto poses at the end of her free skate program performance at the Skate Canada International competition in Vancouver, Canada, on Oct. 28, 2023. (Kyodo)
Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows colorful nets spread for seaweed farming in the Ariake Sea off Saga in southwestern Japan. (Kyodo)

Oct. 29

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave from the guest room balcony as they visit Tokyo Racecourse in Fuchu to watch the autumn edition of the Tenno-sho Grade 1 horse race. (Kyodo) 
A partial lunar eclipse observed in Sakaide, Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan. (Kyodo)

Oct. 30

Protesters stage a sit-in with signs against the planned relocation of a key U.S. base in front of the U.S. Marines' Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa. (Kyodo)
Food cart services onboard the Nozomi and Hikari shinkansen bullet trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line connecting Tokyo and Osaka come to an end, after having been offered since the bullet trains started operating in 1964. (Kyodo)

Oct. 31

People create a huge paper crane during an event hosted by a civic group in Tel Aviv, Israel, to call for the release of hostages being held in Gaza who were abducted from Israel by the Hamas militant group in early October. (Kyodo) 
Repeated calls by Tokyo's Shibuya Ward to stay away during Halloween seemed to have been received loud and clear by revelers, as crowds in the famous district were markedly thinner and less colorful than in previous years. (Kyodo)

Nov. 1

About 150 people attend a rally in Osaka's Namba district in protest of Israeli airstrikes against Gaza and to call for peace. One person held a sign pleading with the Israeli government not to kill children. They responded to calls for a street protest on X, formerly Twitter. Masahiro Yamazaki, a war historian in Nabari, Mie Prefecture, said, "Indiscriminate mass killings of citizens are unacceptable." (Kyodo)
Ghibli Park, a theme park in central Japan devoted to the world portrayed in the animation movies of Studio Ghibli, opens an area based on its classic 1997 movie "Princess Mononoke" as it marked its first anniversary. (Kyodo)
Japanese Princess Kako, a daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito, leaves Tokyo for a 10-day official visit to Peru to promote friendship and goodwill, as Japan and the South American country mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. (Kyodo)

Nov. 2

Six women, including Ayano Kawamura, a member of the all-girl idol group Angerme, are appointed as the Fisheries Agency's seafood ambassadors. The agency has designated a five-day period from the third day of every month as "Fish Days," or Sakana no hi, to promote fish consumption in Japan. (Kyodo)
Sakura shrimps, tiny translucent shrimps known for their cherry blossom color, are put up for auction at Yui port in Shizuoka, central Japan. A 15-kilogram case went for about 87,000 yen ($580), about 18,000 yen higher than last fall. The variety can only be caught in Suruga Bay on the Pacific coast. (Kyodo)

Hanshin Tigers players celebrate as Shota Morishita (1) turns a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead with a two-run eighth inning triple against the Orix Buffaloes in Japan Series Game 5 at Koshien Stadium near Osaka. (Kyodo)

Nov. 3

Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows a festival float that toppled over on a street in Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan. (Kyodo)

People dressed in traditional attire take part in "Kyokusui no En," a reenactment of the Heian aristocrats' poetry party, in a garden at the Kitano Tenmangu shrine in the western Japan city of Kyoto. (Kyodo)

A giant float parades through Karatsu in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan, during the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage-listed Karatsu Kunchi festival. (Kyodo)

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