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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.
Indonesian soldiers carry people's belongings during an evacuation following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, May 22, 2016.
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 woman at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill fixes a machine during a government-organized visit for foreign reporters in Pyongyang on May 9. (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)
Students draw at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang on May 5. (Reuters)
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)
The Japanese government began a 12-day public opening of the Kyoto State Guest House on April 28 as a trial run before year-round access begins in July. (Kyodo)
JR Kyushu reopened its entire bullet-train line in southwestern Japan on April 27, restoring a transport artery that was blocked after recent earthquakes.
People perform yoga at a tea culture park in the city of Enshi, Hubei Province, China, to promote the local industry there on April 24. (Reuters)
Tourists stand on a improvised boat to take photos in front of Ban Gioc waterfall, which borders China, in Cao Bang province, Vietnam April 17.(Reuters)
A boy plays with water at the Balaju Baise Dhara (22 water spouts) during the Baishak Asnan festival in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 22. (Reuters)
Shinto priests holding traditional umbrellas walk to the main shrine for a ritual to cleanse themselves during the annual Spring Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on April 21. (Reuters)
That's a plastic sack this boy is peeking through while playing in an alley in a slum of Mumbai on April 20. (REUTERS)
An Afghan security force stands guard at the site of a Taliban-claimed suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 19. Taliban insurgents have stepped up their attacks against the security forces since announcing the start of their spring offensive last week.
A visitor takes in the exhibits at the June 4th Museum in Hong Kong, the world's only museum chronicling the Chinese government's 1989 crackdown on student protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The museum may face closure due to a legal dispute, its operators said on April 15. (AP)
Tourists take photos in front of the Buddha Dordenma statue in the town of Thimphu, Bhutan, on Apr. 16. (Reuters)
Nepalese play traditional drums as they celebrate the Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 14. The festival is also known for singing, dancing and carrying chariots of deities around town while throwing vermilion powder to welcome spring and the new year. (AP)
Two student studying in a flooded high school, Village Kramat Sari, Pekalongan, Central Java, Indonesia, on Apr.11. (AP)
A Hindu girl has her face painted before taking part in a ritual as part of the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival on the outskirts of Agartala, India, April 12. (Reuters)
Women perform a traditional water dance at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw on April 12. That day marked the start of Myanmar’s annual Thingyan water festival, a multiday celebration that signals the new year according to the country’s calendar. (AP)
Debris from damaged structures lie on a wall near the area where a fire occurred during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple complex in the southern Indian state of Kerala on April 10. Dozens were killed and many more were injured. (AP)
Visitors ride a boat in the Chidorigafuchi moat covered with petals of cherry blossoms in Tokyo on April 8. （REUTERS）
A folk singer performs at a cultural festival in Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 4. The festival showcases the arts, crafts, folk music and cultural traditions of the most populous province of the county. (AP)
A crowd marks International Pillow Fight Day at Liberty Square in Taipei on April 2. (Reuters)
Men collect their belongings from a makeshift shop damaged by floodwater after heavy rain on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 3. (Reuters)
Flowers grow in front of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Mar. 29. (Reuters)
Visitors take photos at an exhibition in Beijing on March 31 showcasing the toys given out by McDonald's over the past 25 years in China.
Supporters of the National League for Democracy, sporting T-shirts with the face of Myanmar's new president, Htin Kyaw, pose for a photo near a Buddhist monastery in Yangon on March 31. (AP)
A Kashmiri fisherman rows his Shikara, or traditional boat, during sunset at the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on March 29.Nestled in the Himalayan mountains and known for its beautiful lakes and saucer-shaped valleys, the Indian portion of Kashmir, is also one of the most militarized places on earth. (AP)
Fans in Chandigarh, India, celebrate after India beat Australia in a World Twenty20 cricket tournament match on March 27. (Reuters)
A creation of Tao LouLan is presented at China Fashion Week in Beijing on March 27. (Reuters)
A father and son celebrate Holi in Mumbai, India, on March 24. The riotous festival of color marks the beginning of spring. (AP)
A man fixes the bulb of one of the carrozas included at Holy Monday Procession in Intramuros Manila Philippines on Mar.21.(AP)
A woman appreciates some early-opening cherry blossoms in Tokyo's Ueno Park on March 22. (Reuters)
Muslims pray during Friday prayers at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 18. (Reuters)
Mixed martial arts fighter Anthony Engelen, left, and Victor Cui, CEO of One Championship, greet each other with a fist bump at a hotel lobby in Yangon on March 17. The company is holding an MMA event in the city on March 18. (AP)
A model presents a creation by Jotaro Saito from the designer's Autumn/Winter 2016 collection during Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Japan on March 16. (Reuters)
An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch as a young girl stands in front of her house in Dand Ghori district of Baghlan province, Afghanistan, March 15. (REUTERS)
Balloons are prepared for a flight at the start of the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Mar. 11. (AP)
A farmer walks along a dry rice field during a drought in Suphan Buri Province, north of Bangkok, on March 13. (Reuters)
Players take part in an exhibition match during the annual charity King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand Mar. 10.(Reuters)
Women serving as hostesses for China's National People's Congress pose for photographs in Tiananmen Square during a plenary session of the congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 9. (AP)
A Hindu devotee dressed as the goddess Kali participates in a procession during the Mahashivratri Festival in Allahabad, India, on March 7, believed to be the day when Shiva got married. (AP)
Afghan children play on a swing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 7. (Reuters)
Universal Studios Japan mascots celebrate on March 7 after USJ Co., the Osaka theme park's operator, announced a record visitor tally for fiscal 2015. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)
People take pictures of the head of a Buddha statue that is some 1500 year old, moments after it was presented at the National Museum of China in Beijing on March 1. The head of the antique statue, that was stolen 20 years ago from a temple in Hebei province and taken abroad, was returned from Taiwan to China by Buddhist master Hsing Yun, local media reported. (Reuters)
A combination photo shows students of coach Younus Qambrani posing with their boxing gloves at the first women's boxing coaching camp at Pak Shaheen Boxing Club in Karachi on Feb. 20. (Reuters)
Pakistani youngsters are silhouetted against sunset while playing cricket in a dusty field in Karachi, Pakistan, on Feb. 27. (AP)
A runner wearing a Mt. Fuji cap gives the No. 1 sign as he joins others during the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo on Feb. 28. About 37,000 people participated in the annual sport event. (AP)
People play on snow-covered ice in Dalian, Liaoning Province, on Feb. 24. (Reuters)
North Korea's women's soccer team fills out custom forms as they prepare for departure to Beijing at Pyongyang's International Airport on Feb. 23. (AP)
New Delhi residents draw water from a municipal tanker on Feb. 23, as the capital struggled to restore supplies cut off by the sabotage of a canal in a northern state. (Reuters)
Fireworks light up the bay during the 7th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition in Pasay, a suburb of Manila, on Feb. 20. This display was an entry from the U.K.; in addition to the Philippines, the contest at the seaside Mall of Asia has also drawn entries from the U.S., China, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and Italy. The event runs for six consecutive Saturdays, through mid-March. (AP)
Yu Xiaoyu and Jin Yang of China perform during the Pairs Short Program of the Taiwan ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei, Taiwan on Feb. 18. Yu and Jin finished in fourth place. (AP)
People look at a real estate model during Indonesia Property Expo 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb.16. ( REUTERS)
A journalist takes a picture of liquid methanphetamine put on display disguised in various packaging by Australian Border Force officers, right, at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on Feb. 15. Australian authorities said on Monday they had seized 1.25 billion Australian dollars ($890.5 million) worth of liquid methamphetamine, or "ice," their largest haul of illicit drugs in two years. (Reuters)
Children play in water flowing from a broken pipe that flooded the low-lying Santa Mesa district in Manila on Feb. 11. Thousands of residents were affected by the accident, which occurred as the country is still feeling the effects of a dry spell due to the El Nino phenomenon. (AP)
A woman works with chili peppers drying at a farm on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, on Feb. 9. (Reuters)
An unidentified injured man is escorted by riot police at Mongkok in Hong Kong, on Feb. 9. (Reuters)
Women prepare an offering for the gods during a competition in Bali, Indonesia, on Feb. 5. The contest was part of festivities for the upcoming Hindu holiday of Galungan, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. (AP)
High school seniors clad in traditional Korean dresses take a souvenir selfie before a joint graduation and coming-of-age ceremony at Dongmyung Girls' High School in Seoul on Feb. 4. Schools across the nation hold graduation ceremonies in February. (AP)
A Vietnamese woman, wearing a traditional "ao dai" dress, poses for photos in a field of peach blossoms in Hanoi ahead of Vietnam's Tet, or Lunar New Year, festival on Feb. 2. (Reuters)
A girl poses in a cheongsam ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Bangkok's Chinatown on Feb. 2. (Reuters)
A farmer collects lotus flowers on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Feb. 1. (AP)
South Korean and U.S. Marines hurl snow during a winter military drill in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Jan. 28. (Reuters)
Street hawkers smile as they wait for customers in Yangon on Jan. 30. (AP)
A Muslim bride gets ready as others wait at a beauty parlour before the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Mumbai, India, Jan. 27. (Reuters)
Devotees sit beside a fire to keep themselves warm during a month-long Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Jan. 27. (Reuters)
Hindu pilgrims offer prayers after bathing at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers during the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad, India, on Jan. 24. (Reuters)
Kindergartners pose for photographs with a trained monkey after a performance held as part of Lunar New Year celebrations in Goyang, South Korea, on Jan. 22. (Reuters)
An exiled Tibetan monk makes a point during a dialectics debate at the Kirti monastery in Dharamsala, India, on Jan. 18. Such debates are an essential part of a monk's training. (AP)
A dancer performs in front of the head belonging to the Harihara statue during a ceremony at Cambodia's National Museum in Phnom Penh Jan. 21. French museum Guitmet handed over the head of Harihara statue to Cambodia on Thursday after being looted from its temple in Takeo province 130 years ago, according to media reports. (Reuters)
A worker makes lanterns at a factory ahead of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, in Boai County, Henan Province, on Jan. 19. (Reuters)
South Korean college students sit inside a plastic sheet to protect themselves from the cold wind as they stage a protest demanding a repeal of South Korea's agreement with Japan on "comfort women" issue, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Jan. 19. (AP)
Mark Cavendish of Great Britain, center, competes in the men's omnium final at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong on Jan. 17. It was the first time the race was held in Hong Kong. (AP)
Hindu pilgrims splash and pray at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the Makar Sankranti festival held on Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India, on Jan. 13. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making their annual trip to the island for the one-day festival that takes place on Jan. 15. (Reuters)
A diver in a monkey costume -- a nod to the just-begun Year of the Monkey according to the Chinese lunar calendar -- performs with sardines at an aquarium in Seoul on Jan.12. (Reuters)
Fish are hung out to dry in the sun as Filipino children play in the murky waters on Manila's shore on Jan. 10. (AP)
An Indonesian woman prepares to fly her kite on the opening day of the International Kite Festival in Ahmadabad, India, on Jan. 10. The event runs until Jan. 14. (AP)
Shi'ite Muslim children hold pictures of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, one of several men executed in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the year, during a protest rally in Karachi, Pakistan on Jan. 3, 2016. (Reuters)
A man photographs seagulls at the seaside resort of Bang Pu on the outskirts of Bangkok on Jan. 6. (Reuters)
Tourists watch as Mount Bromo erupts near the village of Ngadisari, in East Java Province, Indonesia, on Jan. 6. (Reuters)
Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market holds its last-ever New Year's auction on Jan. 5. The aging facility will be replaced by a new fish and greengrocery wholesale market opening in Tokyo's Toyosu area in November.
Indian Christians release balloons to celebrate the new year after offering prayers at a church in Ahmadabad, India, on Jan. 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.