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A cosplayer poses for a portrait at the cosplay area during the Anime Japan 2015 Expo in Tokyo, Japan. Cosplay (Costume play) is a subculture that sees participants role play as a specific character of their choice. Many of the popular characters are sourced from manga, anime, comic books, video games and cartoons, often the cosplayer will take on the body language, clothing and mannerisms of the character
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. This fishing village is overrun with felines, outnumbering humans six to one
A man holding an umbrella crosses the street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan
A diver feeds red heart-shaped squid meat (C) to rays at a feeding session ahead of Valentine’s Day at the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo.
A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial Army soldier at an art gallery in Beijing on Friday. The gallery attracts visitors with 3D paintings and installations depicting political leaders, celebrities and film scenes
A man sporting an octopus hat hands out promotional vouchers in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Outer Market, known as the Jogai Shijo, or Japan’s “Food Town”. The Tsukiji fish and seafood market is to leave its 80-year-old home for bigger, modern facilities next year ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but Jogai Shijo will stay in the same location. Critics wonder about its chances of survival without the world’s biggest fish market on its doorstep.
Well-wishers outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo wave Japanese flags to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 81st birthday
A couple sits under a street lamp in a park near Christmas lights in central Tokyo on Friday
An H2-A rocket carrying space explorer Hayabusa2 lifts off from a launching pad at Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima, southern Japan. The Japanese space explorer was launched on Wednesday on a six-year round-trip journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and collect samples from inside, in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of earth.
Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda answers questions on the country’s economy during a press conference at the BoJ headquarters in Tokyo
Workers wearing protective gear rest at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan