AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Jan 19, 2023, 3:07 AM | Updated: 5:55 pm
Half-naked shrine parishioners douse themselves with cold water during a cold-endurance ritual at t...

Half-naked shrine parishioners douse themselves with cold water during a cold-endurance ritual at the Kanda Myojin Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Pouring cold water on their bodies is believed to be purifying their souls. The ritual was part of a two-day Shinto festival. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

(AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

              South Korea's An Se-young celebrates after beat China's Chen Yufei during their women's singles semi-final match at the Malaysia Open badminton tournament at Bukit Jalil Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Women soldiers of Central Reverse Police Force practice march-past for the upcoming Republic day parade in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. India's Republic day will be celebrated on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
            
              Chinese paramilitary police stand guard at Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. China in December lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, letting loose a wave of pent-up travel desire, particularly around China's most important time for family gatherings, referred to in China as the Spring Festival, that may be the only time in the year when urban workers return to their hometowns. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Children practice their dragon dance routines for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations outside the Hok Lay Kiong temple in Bekasi, Indonesia, Friday, Jan, 13, 2023. People of Chinese descent in the world's most populous Muslim country are preparing to celebrate the lunar New Year Year of the Rabbit on Jan. 22. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
            
              People walk past new year decorations hanging for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese zodiac, in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. The new year celebrations will take place on Jan. 22. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
            
              Visitors tour a shopping alley near the Houhai Lake displaying lanterns and Lunar New Year decorations in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. The World Health Organization has appealed to China to keep releasing information about its wave of COVID-19 infections after the government announced nearly 60,000 deaths since early December following weeks of complaints it was failing to tell the world what was happening. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A group of tourists from Singapore in Japan's traditional kimono attire buy fortune paper as one of them takes a selfie at Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
            
              A pair of buffalos lock horns during a traditional buffalo fight held as part of Magh Bihu festivities at Boidyabori village, east of Guwahati, in the northeastern state of Assam, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Magh Bihu is the harvest festival of the northeastern Indian state of Assam and is observed in the Assamese month of Magh, that coincides with January. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic serves to Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              A woman wails as she waits to receive the body of a relative, victim of a plane crash, at a hospital in Pokhara, Nepal, Monday, Jan 16, 2023. Nepal began a national day of mourning Monday as rescue workers resumed the search for six missing people a day after a plane to a tourist town crashed into a gorge while attempting to land at a newly opened airport, killing at least 66 of the 72 people aboard in the country's deadliest airplane accident in three decades. (AP Photo/Yunish Gurung)
            
              An auto driver looks through a snow-covered windshield in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. Kashmir region received fresh snow on Friday, affecting air and vehicular traffic. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
            
              Half-naked shrine parishioners douse themselves with cold water during a cold-endurance ritual at the Kanda Myojin Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Pouring cold water on their bodies is believed to be purifying their souls. The ritual was part of a two-day Shinto festival. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Jan. 13-19, 2022

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific.

The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Masayo Yoshida in Tokyo.

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