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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
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
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
A visitor watches blue fin tunas in a 2,200-tonne tank at Tokyo Sea Life Park on Monday.
An employee of Megahouse, a Japanese toymaker, with a puzzle of human parts and organs ‘Jintai-mokei’ at the Tokyo Toy Show
A worker adjusts a display of paper lanterns at Sensoji Buddhist temple, Tokyo, Japan. The lanterns carry the names of supporters that have donated money to the temple.
Heron hooded dancers prepare to parade down the streets toward Asakusa Shrine in the compound of Sensoji Temple in Tokyo Japan prior to the annual Sanja Festival in
China’s Zhang Jike eyes the ball as he serves to Poland’s Robert Floras during the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo on Tuesday.
A couple in Japanese traditional clothing pose for their wedding photos in a Tokyo park on Tuesday