Shinto priests walk out from a gate after they administered a Shinto rite, “Kiyoharai”, on the first day of the three-day spring festival at the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday
Gracie Gold of the US competes during the ladies’ short programme at the ISU World Team Trophy in figure skating in Tokyo on Wednesday
A man takes a photograph of a cherry tree in blossom, in Tokyo, Japan
Members of Japan’s Self-Defence Force’s honour guard prepare for a ceremony for U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday.
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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
A man holding an umbrella crosses the street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan
Sadao Kimbara rides on a Honda motorcycle with a sidecar he made out of an oil barrel as his grandson Rui smiles in the sidecar in Ome, outskirts of Tokyo
Construction cranes are reflected in mirrors at a company compound in Tokyo
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People walk across a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo.
Participants show off their work during a New Year’s calligraphy contest at the Budokan martial arts hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Well-wishers outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo wave Japanese flags to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 81st birthday
A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume feeds a sunfish to attract visitors at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo
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A couple sits under a street lamp in a park near Christmas lights in central Tokyo on Friday
Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest as part of a visit by more than 100 lawmakers to a Tokyo shrine condemned by China and Korea as a symbol of Japan’s militarist past
“Butch,” the first customer at SoftBank Corp.’s Omotesando store displays his newly purchased Apple Inc. iPhone 6 outside the store in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday
Fernanda Rodrigues of Brazil serves to her Belgium opponents during the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo
Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli (L) and Thaisa Menezes (R) of Brazil jump to block the ball spiked by Gozde Sonsirma of Turkey during their FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo on Wednesday.
A man in navy uniform holds Japan’s rising sun flag at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, stayed away from the war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second world war.
A woman walks past a “smiling” sunflower in a field in Tokyo on Thursday, where about 20,000 sunflowers were in full bloom for visitors to enjoy
A beluga whale sprays water onto visitors at a summer attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo. Tokyo’s temperature climbed over 35 degree Celsius on Wednesday following a heatwave