Here is a selection of Kyodo News photos taken this week in Japan and beyond.
Performers march through the streets during the Morioka Sansa dance festival in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Aug. 1, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Fireworks light up the night sky in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, on Aug. 2, 2022, as one of the three largest fireworks festivals in Japan resumes following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A woman walks with a parasol in scorching heat in the Gifu Prefecture city of Tajimi, central Japan, on Aug. 2, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Photo shows poles decorated with paper lanterns during the Kanto Festival in the northeastern Japanese city of Akita on Aug. 3, 2022. The lanterns are arranged in a way so as to look like ears of rice. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People visit a sunflower field in Hokuryu in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Aug. 3, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
People lie on the ground during a rally in Kyiv on Aug. 4, 2022, to protest against an explosion that killed about 50 people in late July at the Olenivka prison camp housing Ukrainian prisoners of war in the Russian-controlled area in Donetsk. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
A baby polar bear is pictured at Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Aug. 5, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo