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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)
Chinese fans, dressed as Star Wars character Stormtroopers, gesture as they arrive for the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Shanghai on Dec. 27. (AP)
Cadres and supporters of Communist Party of India-Marxist attend an open rally prior to the start of party plenum, in Kolkata, India, on Dec. 27. (AP)
Fruits are displayed for sale at a market in Hanoi on Dec. 24. (Reuters)
Elephants parade during a Christmas festival in a primary school in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Dec. 24. (Reuters)
South Korean protesters wear masks at an anti-government rally in downtown Seoul on Dec. 19. The demonstrators were objecting to the arrest of a union leader and the Park Geun-hye government's labor policies. (AP)
Visitors are silhouetted against illuminated trees to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year at Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea, on Dec. 20. (AP)
An Indonesian surfing instructor dressed as Santa Claus takes his students into the water at Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia on Dec. 17. (AP)
North Koreans bring floral tributes to Mansu Hill, where bronze statues of the late leader Kim Jong Il and his father, Kim Il Sung, stand in Pyongyang on Dec. 17. Thousands visited the site to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, father of the country's current dictator, Kim Jong Un. (AP)
An Afghan man sells traditional sauces and pickles on a street in Kabul on Dec. 15. (AP)
Nepalese devotees scatter grains along a specified route at the Pashupatinath Temple to observe the Bala Chaturdasi festival in Kathmandu on Dec. 10. The festival is celebrated in memory of departed family members. (AP)
A couple walks under gingko trees at Jingu Gaien in Tokyo on Dec. 13. (AP)
Visitors take pictures of an installation made from glass and LED lights put up as part of the "Starlight Garden" Christmas display in Hong Kong on Dec. 10. (AP)
Women photograph an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) themed light display in Kuala Lumpur Dec. 8. (Reuters)
Farmers harvest carrots at a farm on the outskirts of Faisalabad, Pakistan, on Dec. 8. (Reuters)
Foreign tourists step off the Costa Serena at Hakata Port, in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture, on Dec. 8. Among them was the one millionth visitor brought to Japan by a cruise ship this year. The Japanese government had been hoping to reach that annual milestone in 2020.
Divers dressed as Father Christmas with Santa hats conduct a feeding session at an aquarium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dec. 7. (Reuters)
Passengers gather around mobile food sellers in a railway station in Yangon, Myanmar, on Dec. 3. (AP)
North Korean school girls holding brooms bow to pay their respects toward a mural of the late leader Kim Il Sung delivering a speech, before sweeping the surrounding area on Dec. 1 in Pyongyang. (AP)
Students use their red scarfs to form a giant ribbon to mark the World AIDS Day in Dexing, China, on Nov. 30. (Reuters)
People wear monkey masks at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple before the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, north of Bangkok, on Nov. 29. Festival participants provide food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. (Reuters)
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)
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)
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.