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Vegetarian week in Bangkok's China town
A "dragon" and its minders take part in the annual Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok. The event, known as kin jay in Chinese, is based on an early 19th-century legend about a Chinese traveler who was cured of a life-threatening illness by eating vegetarian food. Participants abstain from eating meat and fish for the duration of the nine-day festival.
A dragon parade winds its way through the center of Chinatown.
Traffic comes to a halt as festival participants parade through a busy intersection.
During the festival, vendors sell foods containing no meat or fish.
Bangkok Mass Transit System holds a free-lunch event for festival participants, with 4,000 people enjoying a vegetarian meal at no cost.
A restaurant in Chinatown serves a variety of vegetarian dishes, including som tam, a spicy papaya salad.
People pray to their ancestors at a shrine in Chinatown.
Women stand in front of an alter illuminated with candles.
Children offer sticks of incense at the shrine's altar.
People pray in San Jao Sieng Kong, an old shrine in Chinatown.
A man hangs yellow lanterns at Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, also in Chinatown.
Street vendors sell colorful soybean-based snacks made to look like vegetables.
Mourners from all over Thailand have gathered in Bangkok to pay their final respects to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last October after a 70-year reign.
Hundreds of thousands of Thais looked on in silence as the late king's funeral cortege made its way from the Grand Palace to a specially built crematorium at Sanam Luang, a large open area in front of the palace, early on Oct. 26.
Five days of funeral rites relating to the cremation conclude on Oct. 29, bringing to an end more than a year of national mourning.
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.
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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
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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.