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

Jan. 27

The burning slopes of Mt. Wakakusa and fireworks light up the sky during a winter festival in Nara. (Kyodo)
Candlelights flicker inside lanterns made of snow during an annual winter event at Jozankei Shrine in Sapporo, Hokkaido. (Kyodo)
High school archers shoot flaming arrows towards the 100,000-square -meter Observation Tower Lawn at Cape Shionomisaki in Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, as an annual fire festival begins. The grass burning is a customary event to eliminate pests and stimulate new plant growth in spring. (Kyodo)

Jan. 28

Hina Hayata and Tomokazu Harimoto clinch the women's and men's singles titles, respectively, at Japan's table tennis national championships in Tokyo, booking their tickets to the Paris Olympics along with Miu Hirano and Shunsuke Togami. (Kyodo)
Italy's Jannik Sinner defeats Russian Daniil Medvedev in an epic five-set comeback to win the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, claiming his first Grand Slam title. (Kyodo)
Honami Maeda wins silver medal at the Osaka Women's Marathon by clocking 2 hours, 18 minutes, 59 seconds, breaking Japan's 19-year-old national record set by Olympic gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi in 2005 in Berlin. (Kyodo)

Jan. 29

Tokyo Motor Corp. reveals that power output data had been manipulated for 10 of its models sold globally, in the latest blow to the Japanese automaker already plagued by a series of quality control issues in recent years. Its affiliate Toyota Industries Corp. fabricated the data on diesel engines it makes and supplies for the automaker. (Kyodo)

Jan. 30

A life-size Tyrannosaurus rex robot -- which roars and moves its neck -- is installed adjacent to JR Fukui Station in Fukui. The central Japan prefecture, known for the largest discovery of dinosaur fossils in Japan, will display the 12-meter-long T-Rex to promote tourism ahead of the March 16 start of a shinkansen bullet train service through the city of Fukui. (Kyodo)
Hong Kong leader John Lee unveils details of proposed security legislation intended to supplement the national security law imposed by Beijing in 2020. The legislation will cover treason and theft of state secrets, and will prohibit foreign groups from conducting political activities and local organizations from establishing ties with them, a move designed to further crack down on dissent in Hong Kong. (Kyodo)


Jan. 31

Photo taken shows Japanese "hina" dolls of (counterclockwise from bottom L) new Los Angeles Dodger Shohei Ohtani, javelin thrower Haruka Kitaguchi, breakdancer Ayumi Fukushima, wheelchair tennis player Yui Kamiji and skateboarder Momiji Nishiya. Each year Kyugetsu Co. unveils hina dolls, traditionally displayed on the March 3 Girls' Day holiday in Japan, modeled after prominent figures who the doll maker believes will have an auspicious year. (Kyodo)

Sumo wrestler Kotonowaka (top) is all smiles at the Sadogatake stable in Matsudo, near Tokyo, following his promotion to the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki. (Kyodo)


Feb. 1

Traffic is scarce on a boulevard in Yangon as opponents of military rule in Myanmar stage a "silent strike" on the third anniversary of the coup that ousted the elected government of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (Kyodo)


Feb. 2

Police search in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, the home of a man who confessed to be Satoshi Kirishima, a member of an extreme left-wing group who was wanted for one of a series of terrorist bombings in Japan during the 1970s. (Kyodo)
Interior of a temporary housing unit is shown to the media in the central Japan city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, which was severely damaged by a strong earthquake on Jan. 1. (Kyodo) 


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