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Singapore's national flag hangs at half mast to mourn the passing of former president S.R. Nathan at the parliament house in Singapore on Aug. 23. (REUTERS)
A Buddhist monk has his head shaved outside the temple at Cana in Thonburi, just outside Bangkok, Aug. 17. (REUTERS)
A woman wearing "facekini" at the beach in Qingdao City, China, on Aug. 17. (AP)
A dancer from the eastern state of Odisha waits to perform at a food and culture festival near the India Gate war memorial as part of Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi on Aug. 15. India gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1947. (AP)
An entertainer performs for displaced children during the 11th National Juggling Competition in Kabul, Aug. 9. (AP)
Elders help children negotiate a water logged street during heavy rain in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 5. Trains and flights were reportedly delayed after severe rain lashed the city. (AP)
A model of an innovative street-straddling bus called Transit Elevated Bus is seen after a test run in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, China, on August 3. (AP)
Performers wearing Pokemon's character Pikachu costumes take part in a parade in Yokohama, Japan, on August 7. (Reuters)
An elephant serves as a prop to the Thailand Election Commission mascot in Ayutthaya Province, north of Bangkok, on Aug. 1. The duo was reminding Thai voters to say yes or no to a new constitution on Aug. 7. (Reuters)
Devotees line up outside the cave of Sufi saint Bari Imam in Lohe Dandi, on the outskirts of Islamabad, on July 30. Every day, hundreds of people make the 10km climb into the mountains to pay their respects. (Reuters)
Art installation of 50,000 rose-shaped lights Art installation of 50,000 rose-shaped lights, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, on July 27. (AP)
Ethnic Yi minorities and visitors surround fire as they celebrate the Torch Festival in Xichang, Sichuan province, China, on July 27. (Reuters)
It's monsoon season in Pakistan, which has this motorbike passenger wrapped in a plastic sheet in the city of Rawalpindi on July 27. (AP)
Macaques enjoy a feast of over 4000kg of fruit prepared for them at Wulongkou, Jiyuan, China. (AP)
Athletes swim from Asia to Europe during the Bosporus Cross-Continental Swimming race in Istanbul, Turkey, July 24. More than 2,000 athletes competed in the 6.5 kilimeter race. (REUTERS)
A pair of one-horned rhinoceros wade through flood waters at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary following heavy monsoon rains at Pobitora, east of Gauhati, Assam state, India on July 24. Assam is home to the world's largest population of the rare creatures. (AP)
A cyclist braves a flooded street in Beijing on July 20, after a storm system brought heavy rain to the Chinese capital. (AP)
A woman has her palm decorated with mehndi, also known as henna, during the Shrawan Sombar festival in Kathmandu on July 18. (Reuters)
Divers play mahjong in a swimming pool during a hot summer day in Chongqing, China, on July 17.
South Korean soldiers take part in a ballet class at a military base near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, on July 13. (Reuters)
Filipinos react to the U.N.-backed arbitration tribunal's ruling in favor of the Philippines in its dispute with China over the South China Sea, in Manila on July 12.
Shield- and spear-wielding performers run across a field during the annual Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar on July 11. Mongolians celebrate the anniversary of Genghis Khan's march to world conquest with the sports spectacle, which features traditional events such as wrestling, archery and horse racing. (AP)
A woman prepares a lotus flower for sale in front of the Royal Palace in central Phnom Penh,Cambodia on July 7.(Reuters)
A man performs a fire-breathing act during the annual Rath Yatra, or chariot procession, of Lord Jagannath in Ahmadabad, India on July 6. (AP)
Muslim women attend an Eid al-Fitr prayer, with a balloon of cartoon character "Hello Kitty" floating, to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Bali, Indonesia, on July 6. (AP)
Pro Democracy protesters march as the city marks the 19th anniversary of the handover from Uk to China, in Hong Kong, July 1 2016 (Sipa via AP Images)
A Nok Air jetliner painted like a duck prepares to take off from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok on June 29. (Reuters)
Partygoers dance at the Playtime 2016 music festival held on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on June 26. The annual summer festival was first held in 2002 and features Mongolian as well as international bands. (Reuters)
A North Korean herds five shopping carts full of snacks in a parking lot in front of a department store in downtown Pyongyang on June 25. (AP)
Swimmers in Hong Kong try to beat the heat on June 22 as the temperature climbed to about 33 C. (AP)
Hindu priests pour water on a representation of Lord Jagannath during the holy Snan Yatra bathing ceremony ahead of the annual chariot festival in Kolkata, India, on June 20. (AP)
Villagers carrying Chinese national flags protest at Wukan village in China's Guangdong province June 20, 2016.
Yoga lovers guide tourists to practice yoga at a water park to cool off in Chongqing, China, on June 18(Reuters)
A cat naps in front of a rapid transit station in Bangkok on June 16. Sleeping dogs and cats are a common sight on the streets of Thailand's capital.
An extra edition of a Japanese sports newspaper gets handed out in Tokyo on June 16 to commemorate Ichiro's 4,257th hit. The figure combines Ichiro's Japanese and major league totals and surpasses Pete Rose's major league record. The 4,257th hit came in the ninth inning as Ichiro's Miami Marlins fell 6-3 to the Padres in San Diego.
Indian Muslim students practice yoga ahead of International Yoga Day celebrations, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, on June 15. The second International Yoga Day will be celebrated on June 21. (AP)
A worker takes down lanterns following Buddha's birthday celebrations at Chogye Temple in Seoul on June 13. (AP)
Boat captains reach out to grab finish line flag during the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat race in Taipei on June 9. (AP)
A rider on horseback competes in the Margalla Festival Tent Pegging Championship in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 5. Tent pegging is an equestrian sport popular in India and Pakistan, with a history going back to the cavalries of ancient armies. (Reuters)
A salesman hangs religious pictures for sale ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Kolkata, India on June 6. (Reuters)
Filipinos visit a pop-up public library at the historic walled city of Intramuros, Manila on June 2. The project travels around different places and serves as a hub to promote reading of books. (AP)
Australian Defence Force personel carry coffins from a plane that contain the remains of 33 Australian service personnel and dependents, many of whom were casualties of the Vietnam War, during a repatriation ceremony at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base located in Richmond, west of Sydney on June 2. (REUTERS)
Fruit vendors take a break as they wait for customers beside their makeshift stall in Manila, Philippines, May 31. (AP)
Members of the Miao ethnic minority group carry a dragon boat made by a local craftsman during a parade, ahead of the annual Dragon Boat Festival, in Shibing, Guizhou Province, China, May 28, 2016. The banner reads, "The Miao's number one dragon boat." (Reuters)
Models display creations by Wirda during the Muslim Fashion Festival in Jakarta on May 27. The event was held to mark the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, which will start in the first week of June. (AP)
People pose for photos with emoji masks at a shopping mall in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on May 26.
A couple walk down the "Cathedral of Light" during a preview of the Sydney Botanical Garden's inaugural contribution to the Vivid Sydney light festival, an annual interactive light installation and projection event around Sydney on May 25. (Reuters)
A police officer stands guard under a sign saying "summit security" outside Tokyo Station on May 25. Security is being tightened in many parts of Japan ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Ise-Shima from May 26.
Riot police officers detain demonstrators during a protest against President Nursultan Nazarbayev's government and the land reform it has proposed, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on May 21. (Reuters)
TMC supporters and workers celebrating their win outside the counting centre, on May 19, 2016 in Kolkata, India. (AP)
A cow grazes next to a sculpture at Xieng Khuan Buddha Park outside Vientiane,Laos on May 7. (AP)
A caregiver eyes robot helpers at a nursing home in China's eastern city of Hangzhou on May 17.(Reuters)
A girl sits in a boat on a dried up pond in Kandal Province, Cambodia on May 13. (Reuters)
Family and friends of stage director Yukio Ninagawa gathered Monday in Tokyo to bid farewell to the director renowned worldwide for his interpretations of William Shakespeare plays and Greek tragedies. A large portrait of Ninagawa taken by his daughter Mika, a photographer and film director, was displayed on the altar. (Kyodo)
A vendor prepares food next to a railway in Jakarta on May 4. (Reuters)
A Kushti wrestler gives tips to a student during a training session in Lahore, Pakistan, on May 7. Kushti is several thousand years old and a national sport in Pakistan. (AP)
A farmer casts his net into a pond as he tries to catch fish for his evening meal, following a day's work on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on May 4. (AP)
Shaven-headed children who entered temples to have an experience of monks' life for weeks, play Dongjasung (little monk) soccer under lanterns at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, May 4. The Dongjasung soccer match is one of the events to celebrate Buddha's upcoming 2,560th birthday on May 14. (AP)
South Korean President Park Geun-hye gets into her car as she leaves Mehrabad Airport after being welcomed by Iranian Industry Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, right, in Tehran on May 1. (AP)
India's economy is growing up under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nikkei senior staff writer Go Yamada in December visited Mumbai and Delhi, where he found Modinomics to be a crowd of new faces mixing with the old.
Pope Francis visited the Philippines between Jan. 15 and 19 as part of his recent tour of Asia. KEIICHIRO ASAHARA, Nikkei staff photographer followed his procession through Manila.
KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei staff photographer
Rohingya fleeing Myanmar endure almost unimaginable horrors to reach a new country, but their suffering does not end once their journey does. Many refugees have survived harrowing ordeals in Thailand's jungles and are now living in shelters in the country's southern provinces or facing the prospect of deportation by immigration authorities.
Pakistan’s economy, long plagued by terrorist attacks, political chaos and even natural disasters, is finally starting to catch a break.
Nikkei senior staff writer GO YAMADA went there to take a closer look at the turnaround. Find related stories in the Sept. 21-27, 2015, issue of the Nikkei Asian Review.
Nikkei staff photographer Keiichiro Asahara in early November focused his lenses on the people and streets of a country, Myanmar, as it was stepping up to democracy's door.
Nikkei staff photographer
One sign of Myanmar's transformation since 2011 has been the emergence of smartphones in Yangon. Now, like in any other major Asian city, the burg's inhabitants are constantly checking out what's happening in the palms of their hands, often with inexpensive handsets from China.