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A woman stands near a collapsed building following this week's strong earthquake in Meureudu, Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Dec. 9. (Reuters)
Children jot down notes on their booklet as they look at ammonite fossils on display at the Museum of Natural History in Beijing on Dec. 2. (AP)
A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds fish during the annual Christmas event at Tokyo's Sunshine International Aquarium on Dec. 6. (AP)
A couple prepares their wedding photo session in Shanghai on Dec. 5.
Visitors walk through the annual year end illumination "Canyon d'Azur" in Tokyo's Shiodome district on Dec. 1.
Processing of dried salted ducks Processing of dried salted ducks, Suichuan County, Jiangxi Province, China, Nov.29, 2016 (Rex Features via AP Images)
Students shout slogans during a rally at the Rizal Park in Manila on Nov. 25 to condemn the burial of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery the previous week. (AP)
A family wait to release their lanterns at a floating lights gathering in Islamabad on November 26. (Reuters)
A train on the new suspension railway test line in Chengdu, China, is seen on Nov. 21. The train, designed to resemble a giant panda, is powered by lithium batteries. (Reuters)
Tourists walk in the snow in the historic area of Asakusa in central Tokyo on Nov. 24. (Photo by Koji Uema)
A woman paints the floor of a pond as her child pulls at her saree in Delhi, India, on Nov. 23. (Reuters)
A man drives his classic car during the seventh Vintage Classic Car Rally as it passes through Peshawar, Pakistan, on Nov. 20.
Cambodian rowers in traditional wooden boats race on the Tonle Sap river in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh during the annual water festival on Nov. 14. The three-day festival, which started Sunday, is dedicated to the kingdom's ancestral naval warriors. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Mothers pray for their children's success in college entrance exams at Jogye Temple in Seoul on Nov. 16. (AP)
A maiko, or apprentice geisha, makes her way onto the Nagara sightseeing train at Mino Ota Station in Japan's Gifu Prefecture on Nov. 15. (Kyodo)
A man works on traditional drums at his workshop in Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 8.
Participants in the Yosakoi festival, a modern rendition of a traditional Japanese dance, perform in a parade in Tokyo on Nov. 6. (AP)
A Nepali ethnic Newari carries his son and participate in a parade to celebrate their New Year in Kathmandu, Nepal on Oct. 31. (AP)
A cow adorned with garlands and smeared with vermilion powder is pictured during a religious ceremony celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Oct. 30. (Reuters)
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, performs the ring-entering ceremony at lzumo Taisha Shrine in Japan's southwestern Shimane Prefecture on Oct. 27. (Kyodo)
A woman wears a Halloween mask with her Persian cats as they take part in a costume party at a mall in Pasay, Metro Manila, on Oct. 23. (Reuters)
An Indonesian woman balances a package of snacks on her head as she walks to sell them on a street in Jakarta on Oct. 21. (AP)
Children take advantage of the gloomy weather to collect washed up rubbish brought by crashing waves due to strong winds of Super Typhoon Haima, local name Lawin, which they will sell at junk shops along the coastal areas, in metro Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 20. (Reuters)
Hindu women take a selfie in front of an idol of goddess Durga on the last day of Durga Puja festival in Mumbai, India. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by lion-riding, 10-armed goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil. (AP)
A traditional artist troupe wearing a life-sized elephant costume performs at an elephant festival on Oct. 15 in Kyauk-Se, Mandalay Division, Myanmar. (AP)
Devotees are silhouetted as they play traditional musical instruments during "Dashain", a Hindu religious festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal on Oct. 11. (Reuters)
In this Friday Oct. 7 photo, Filipino men place their hands over their heads as they are rounded up during a police operation as part of the continuing "War on Drugs" campaign of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila. (AP)
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An artist works on a clay idol of the Hindu Goddess Durga ahead of Durga Puja festival on Oct. 5 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by Rehman Asad/NurPhoto)
Chinese and Malaysian tourists take photographs of the Sydney Opera House from a viewing area located on Sydney Harbour, Australia, during China's golden week holiday on Oct. 4. (Reuters)
Indian artists dressed as Hindu deities, from right, Laxman, Sita, and Rama, sit in a tableau during a Dussehra festival procession in Allahabad, India on Oct. 5. (AP)
A remote-controlled F-16 fighter jet lands in front of an Air Koryo commercial airplane at the Kalma Airport after a flight demonstration in Wonsan, North Korea. Thousands of Koreans and hundreds of foreign tourists and journalists invited to Wonsan, for the Wonsan International Friendship Air Festival, were given a glimpse of North Korea's own Air Force fighters, remote-controlled scale mock-up planes including an F-16 fighter jet, and demonstrations of military parachuting, with the first two skydivers descending with huge North Korean and ruling party flags. (AP)
A Thai woman lights up incense sticks at a Chinese temple in Bangkok on Sept. 30 to mark the eve of the Vegetarian Festival. (AP)
People wait to register for the government's tax amnesty program inside a tax office in Jakarta on Sept. 30. (Reuters)
A takeout lunch company's signboard damaged by Typhoon Megi is seen on a sidewalk in Hualien, in eastern Taiwan, on Sept. 28. (Reuters)
People walk along a bridge between tree-like structures at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay on Sept. 26. (Reuters)
Buddhist monks walk for alms offerings at a beach in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Sept. 19. (Reuters)
People take part in a sunrise yoga class on the helicopter landing pad on the roof of the Grand Sahid Jaya hotel in Jakarta on Sept. 25. (Reuters)
A man spins children on a homemade merry-go-round in a vacant lot in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sep. 22. (Reuters)
Rio Olympics bronze medalist Ai Fukuhara, right, and Taiwanese Chiang Hung-Chieh, who is also an Olympic table tennis player, smile during a press conference to announce their marriage in Tokyo on Sept. 21. (AP)
A shoe salesman goes through some paperwork as he waits for customers at the market in central Quetta, Pakistan, on Sept. 20. (Reuters)
An ancient bridge is seen collapsed as typhoon Meranti hits southeast China on Sept. 15. (Reuters)
A young Nepalese girl wearing traditional costume is carried by her mother for Kumari puja at Hanuman Dhoka temple in Kathmandu on Sept. 14. (AP)
People walk by a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macao, which opened in Asia's gambling hub on Sept. 13. (AP)
An Afghan girl rides on a swing in Kabul on Sept. 12. (Reuters)
A Muslim family takes a selfie picture in front of the sea after the morning prayer to celebrate Eid al-Adha in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sept. 12.
A pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 7. (Reuters)
A Hindu priest recites prayers from a holy book while performing a ritual near the bank of Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father's Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu on Sept. 1. (Reuters)
A pet monkey collects money after performing tricks at a park in Islamabad on Aug. 26. (Reuters)
Malaysian school children perform during the Independence Day celebration rehearsal in Kuala Lumpur, 29 Aug.(AP)
Malaysian school children perform during the Independence Day celebration rehearsal in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 29. (AP)
A woman carrying roosters returns home after floodwaters receded in Allahabad, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on Aug. 28. (AP)
Devotees smiles as after pulling the chariot of Rato Machindranath 'God of Rain' at Jawalakhel, Patan, Nepal on July 26, 2016. Rato Machindranath is also said as the 'god of rain' and both Hindus and Buddhists worship the Machindranath in hope of good rain to prevent drought during the rice plantation season.(Photo by Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto)
A proctor stands at a window as students take final examinations at Sisowath High School in central Phnom Penh on Aug. 22. (Reuters)
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 on Aug. 9. (AP)
Elders help children negotiate a waterlogged 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 Aug. 3. (AP)
Performers wearing Pokemon's character Pikachu costumes take part in a parade in Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 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)
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)
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)
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)
Yoga lovers guide tourists to practice yoga at a water park to cool off in Chongqing, China, on June 18(Reuters)
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)
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)
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-serving head of state, died at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital on Oct. 13 after a prolonged illness. During his 70-year reign, King Bhumibol, the ninth king in the Chakri dynasty, served as a stabilizing force for the country. Nikkei staff photographer Nozomu Ogawa documented the nation's mourning.
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.