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

Jan. 6

Flight information boards at Haneda airport in Tokyo show many flights canceled as one of its four runways remains closed following a Japan Airlines plane collision with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft four days earlier. (Kyodo)
Bamboo lanterns are set up at a park in Kobe by local students and volunteers in preparation for a Jan. 17 memorial marking the 29th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Some included messages such as "Stay strong Ishikawa," in a show of support for those affected by a massive quake that hit the Noto Peninsula in central Japan on New Year's Day. (Kyodo)
Residents in Futaba, a co-host town of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, play tug-of-war with a gigantic red "daruma" doll, a popular talisman of good luck, displayed in the middle during a New Year daruma market. (Kyodo)
Firefighters perform traditional ladder acrobatics during a New Year event held by the Tokyo Fire Department in the Japanese capital. (Kyodo)

Jan. 7

Wearing family crest-bearing formal kimonos, maiko, or apprentice geisha, and geiko chant New Year's resolutions during a ceremony in Kyoto to mark the first business day of the year. (Kyodo)
Sen Soshitsu XVI, grand master of the Urasenke tea ceremony school, prepares tea for guests at a New Year ceremony at a teahouse in Kyoto. (Kyodo)

Jan. 8

Runway C at Haneda airport in Tokyo reopens four days after a Japan Airlines plane collided with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft upon landing. During its shutdown, over 1,200 flights were canceled, affecting more than 200,000 passengers during the New Year holiday season. (Kyodo)
Japan celebrates Coming of Age Day with ceremonies held by municipalities across Japan, such as a "Hatachi no Tsudoi" (gathering of 20-year-olds) ceremony at Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture. Many municipalities have changed the name of their coming-of-age ceremonies since Japan lowered the age of adulthood from 20 to 18 in April 2022. (Kyodo)
Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, is dusted with snow for the first time this winter. (Kyodo)

Jan. 9

Japanese musician Yoshiki is honored at a special ceremony in Hollywood to unveil a cement tablet displaying his hand and footprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre's forecourt. Yoshiki is the first Japanese star to join over 300 artists who have received the honor in the nearly 100-year history of the iconic theater. (Kyodo)
Japan's benchmark Nikkei index closes at its highest level in around 34 years, as investors bought up technology stocks tracking gains among their U.S. counterparts. It was the highest close since March 9, 1990, when Japan was experiencing an asset price bubble. (Kyodo)

Jan. 10

Bubbles captured in ice are seen at the man-made Lake Nukabira in Kamishihoro in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Jan. 10, 2024. The ice bubbles are caused by methane gas in the lake freezing as it rises to the surface. (Kyodo)

Photo shows cracks on a road in Suzu, in the central Japan prefecture of Ishikawa, following a strong earthquake that jolted the Sea of Japan coastal area on New Year's Day. (Kyodo)

People protest in front of the U.S. Marines' Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Jan. 10, 2024, after the central government began construction work in the sea off Nago's Henoko area for the relocation of a key U.S. military base within the southern Japan island prefecture. (Kyodo)

Jan. 11

People attend a large Democratic Progressive Party rally in Taipei ahead of Taiwan's presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 13. (Kyodo) 

Photo taken in Kyiv shows debris from a missile used in a Jan. 2 strike on the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv amid the war with Russia. Ukrainian authorities say they have identified the debris as part of a North Korean KN-23 short-range ballistic missile. (Kyodo)

Japan's national team players train in Doha ahead of their opening game of the Asian Cup football tournament. The Samurai Blue take on Vietnam in their first Group D match at Al Thumama Stadium in the Qatari capital on Jan. 14, 2024. (Kyodo)

Jan. 12

Members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department take part in an annual New Year march in the Japanese capital. (Kyodo)
Local authorities in Ishikawa Prefecture begin construction of temporary housing units for people whose homes were damaged by a powerful earthquake that struck central Japan on New Year's Day. (Kyodo)


The annual Tokyo Auto Salon custom car show opens at a convention center in Chiba, near Tokyo, with about 900 concept and custom vehicles on display. (Kyodo)


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