Japan and beyond: Week in Photos
Feb. 24-March 1

Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos and videos
taken this week in Japan and beyond.

Feb. 24

Kanoa Igarashi of Japan competes in the men's event on the first day of the World Surfing Games in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. (Kyodo)

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations pledge continued support for Ukraine as the country marks the second anniversary of Russia's invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy joined the G7 virtual meeting alongside Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and some other leaders who traveled to Kyiv to show their solidarity with Ukraine. (Kyodo)

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A team of dancers from Japan's Kochi Prefecture perform during the opening ceremony of a lantern festival in Tainan, Taiwan. (Kyodo)

Feb. 25

Members of the North Korean women's football team arrive at Haneda airport in Tokyo, ahead of a Paris Olympic qualifier against Japan at the National Stadium on Feb. 28. (Kyodo)

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A nightly projection mapping display debuts at the Tokyo metropolitan government's headquarters building and is recognized as the largest of its kind in the world by Guinness World Records. Titled "Tokyo Night & Light," the year-round show comprises of images projected on the eastern facade of the complex's 48-story Main Building No. 1, covering roughly 14,000 square meters from the building's fourth to 32nd floors. (Kyodo)

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Feb. 26

Some 1,550 traditional Japanese "hina" dolls are displayed on a 7-meter-high, 31-tier pyramid at a shopping mall in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, in celebration of the March 3 Girls' Day festival. The town of Konosu is famous for producing "hina" dolls, which are traditionally put on display every spring in the homes of families with daughters. (Kyodo)

Feb. 27

Low-speed electric vehicles modeled after the Cat Bus from Studio Ghibli's animation film "My Neighbor Totoro" are unveiled during a press preview at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture. Visitors will be able to ride the vehicles starting March 16. (Kyodo)

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The annual Cobra Gold drill, one of the Asia-Pacific region's largest and longest-standing multinational military exercises, kicks off on Thailand's east coast with more than 9,500 personnel from 30 countries taking part. (Kyodo)

Tokyo DisneySea reveals to the media a mock-up of its new Fantasy Springs theme area, 100 days before its official launch. The section, drawing on Disney films "Frozen" as well as "Peter Pan" and "Tangled," will include four rides and is slated to open on June 6. (Kyodo)

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Feb. 28

Japan's players celebrate securing their place at the Paris Olympic women's football tournament with a 2-1 defeat of North Korea in the second leg of their final Asian qualifying tie at Tokyo's National Stadium. (Kyodo)

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Howl's Castle in Valley of Witches, a brand new attraction in the anime-inspired Ghibli Park in central Japan, is unveiled to the media ahead of its opening to the general public on March 16. (Kyodo)

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New Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws against the Texas Rangers during a spring training game in Surprise, Arizona. The Japanese pitcher tossed two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and one hit in his MLB spring training debut. (Kyodo)

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Feb. 29

Photo taken during a media preview shows the Immersive Fort Tokyo theme park in the capital's Odaiba area a day ahead of its opening to the public. (Kyodo)

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Fireworks light up the night sky above Toyama, central Japan, in a show of support for evacuees from the quake-hit city of Suzu in neighboring Ishikawa Prefecture who are currently staying in a nearby resort hotel following the Jan. 1 disaster. (Kyodo)

Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani speaks to reporters in Glendale, Arizona, after announcing his marriage. (Kyodo)

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March 1

Plum trees are blooming at the famed Kairakuen garden in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Kyodo)

A woman prays in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, two months after the Jan. 1 earthquake that devastated the Noto area on the Sea of Japan side of central Japan. (Kyodo)

Public high schools in quake-hit Ishikawa Prefecture in central Japan hold graduation ceremonies. At Nanao High School in Nanao, roughly 190 students bid farewell to the school at which they spent the last three years studying. Representing the graduating class, Kana Sonoyama, 18, said, "We know how precious everyday life is. For that can be taken away from us in a flash but cannot be taken back immediately." (Kyodo)

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