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A worker cleans carpets at a workshop in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Nov. 25. (Reuters)
A medium gets ready for a performance during the traditional Kartik dance festival in Lalitpur, Nepal, on Nov. 24. Observed for eight days, the festival features a mix of drama, music and dialogues introduced by King Siddhinarsingh Malla in 1637 AD. (Reuters)
A woman in traditional dress poses in front of the Petronas towers in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 22. (Reuters)
Japanese tourists take a selfie with a cat cafe promoter in Seoul's Myeongdong shopping district on Nov. 24. (Reuters)
Mahiro Takano, a 9-year-old and three-time Japan karate champion in her age group, practices in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Nov. 18. (AP)
People light candles before releasing traditional home-made paper balloons into the sky during the annual Tazaungdaing festival in Taunggyi, Myanmar, on Nov. 19. (Reuters)
Cambodian kite flyers await their turns during the start of the Khmer kite flying festival in central Phnom Penh on Nov. 12. (Reuters)
Debris litters the landscape in Lishui, in China's Zhejiang Province, on Nov. 15. Rescue workers were picking their way through the rubble left by a landslide on Nov. 13. (Reuters)
Lotus roots float in the bath as a man enjoys a soak at a public bathhouse in Mito, Japan, on Nov. 13. (Kyodo)
Boys on a horse-driven cart loaded with reeds cut from the surrounding area cross the Sardaryab River in Charsadda, near Peshawar, Pakistan, on Nov. 11. (Reuters)
A girl offers prayers to a cow during a religious ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal on Nov. 11. Hindus all over Nepal are celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, during which they worship cows, which are considered a maternal figure, and other animals. Also known as the festival of lights, devotees also worship the goddess of wealth Laxmi by illuminating and decorating their homes using garlands, oil lamps, candles and colourful light bulbs. (Reuters)
Trixie Maristela of the Philippines is kissed by the runners-up after she was crowned Miss International Queen 2015, a transgender/transsexual beauty pageant, in Pattaya, Thailand, on Nov. 6. Some 27 male-born contestants from 17 countries competed in the week-long event.
A person wearing a costume poses for anime fans at a shopping mall in Bangkok during Thailand Cosplay 2015 on Nov. 1. (AP)
A young supporter of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi prepares for a party to celebrate the final day of campaigning in Yangon, Myanmar, on Nov. 5. (AP)
Residents light candles at a mass grave for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, the Philippines, on Nov. 1, ahead of the second anniversary of the storm. The disaster killed more than 6,000 people in the central Philippines. (REUTERS)
Women make kimchi to donate to needy families at a government building in Seoul on Oct. 28. About 100 volunteers made some 5,500kg of the traditional dish of pickled vegetables as part of preparations for winter. (AP)
A volunteer hands out face masks near the Indonesian city of Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, on Oct. 28. The nation's weather agency failed to accurately predict the effects of the El Nino phenomenon this year, a senior minister said that day, as the government mulled declaring a national emergency due to forest fires. (Reuters)
Children in costumes carry their pet dogs during a Halloween party for pets and kids at the Eastwood Mall in Quezon City in Metro Manila, on Oct. 24. (Reuters)
Paddington Bear poses for photographers during the opening ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival in Tokyo on Oct. 22.
From left, actresses Sandhya Mridul, Anushka Manchanda and Rajshri Deshpande arrive for the screening of the movie "Angry Indian Goddesses," at Rome's Film Festival, in Rome on Oct. 20.
Artists dressed as Hindu deities Laxman, left, Rama, center, and Sita, sit in a tableau during a Dussehra festival procession in Allahabad, India, on Oct. 16. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. (AP)
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui shrine walk with spikes pierced on his cheeks during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, on Oct. 19. The festival, featuring face-piercing, sacrifice, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. (Reuters)
A Polish archer shoots an arrow during an international horseback archery event at Nikko Toshogu shrine in Nikko, located north of Tokyo in Tochigi Prefecture, on Oct. 15. A total of 22 archers from 13 countries took part in the event, which marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu founded the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. (Kyodo)
Indian brass band members perform at a procession on the first day of the nine-day Navratri festival in Allahabad, India, on Oct. 13. Feasting and fasting takes over normal life for millions of Hindus during the festival. (AP)
Men fish in the Pothong River in Pyongyang as the sun sets on Oct. 13.
Protesters scuffle with riot police officers outside the U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Schwab near Henoko on Okinawa island, on October 13. Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on that day officially revoked the approval his predecessor issued to the central government for landfill work to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko. (KYODO)
Nepalese people wait for their turn to fill fuel In their motorbikes at gas station run by Nepalese army in Kathmandu on Oct. 8. Struggling with a fuel shortage after Indian shipments went on hold, Nepal is asking suppliers to bring gasoline and kerosene by airplane, and for the first time is looking to import fuel from China. (AP)
An Indian boy offers prayers as others gather near a dead elephant at Bagulamari, in Goalpara in the eastern Indian state of Assam, on Oct. 7. Locals told the photographer that the rest of the herd of 20-25 elephants tried to help but were scared by the jolts of power and finally had to abandon the pachyderm. (AP)
A woman looks toward the haze-shrouded prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Oct. 6. (Reuters)
A village woman makes cow dung cakes, often used as fuel for cooking in rural India, in Allahabad, India, on Oct. 2. (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Jongsong Pharmaceutical General Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Oct. 2. (Reuters)
From left, Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang, Indian director Anurag Ashyap, German actress Nastassja Kinski, U.S. film critic Stephanie Zacharek and South Korean director Kim Tae-yong pose during the New Currents Jury press conference at the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea, on Oct. 2. Asia's largest film festival opened its doors the previous day for 10 days of screenings that will highlight the region's young talent and its rich heritage. (AP)
Visitors walk under umbrellas hung across Cheonggye stream during a campaign to raise donations for underprivileged children in Seoul on Sept. 29. (AP)
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.
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.
AKIYOSHI INOUE, Nikkei senior staff photographer
The Indian Museum in Kolkata, the oldest museum in Asia, offers a quiet respite from the traffic and noise outside.
KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei staff photographer
Singaporeans are in mourning for former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, 91, who died on March 23. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore, was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations.
KEIICHIRO ASAHARA, Nikkei staff photographer The edible bug market has grown wings in Thailand, spawning a new income stream for farmers.
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.