Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko leave the national memorial service for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Photograph: Junji Kurokawa/AFP/Getty Images

(via Japan marks tsunami anniversary | World news | guardian.co.uk)

The eyes seem to have it: Telescope-eyed goldfish swim in a tank as part of an art exhibition ‘Art Aquarium’ in Tokyo this morning. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

This little dog is wearing a pair of shoes to keep from burning its paws on the scorching pavements of Tokyo, which is experiencing a heatwave. More pictures from the news around the globe on Tuesday 17 July in our gallery.

Some funky pictures from the opening of the Tokyo Skytree: the world’s tallest broadcasting tower

The tower measures at 634 metres (2080 feet), and opened to the public on a grey, cloudy morning in Tokyo. Despite the weather, 8,000 visitors turned out to see the limited 360-degree views of the Japanese capital from two observation decks. Photos: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA, and Itsuo Inouye/AP

Tokyo, Japan: People walk under cherry blossoms at a park Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

Tokyo’s Cat Cafe

Cats! Not the musical but the real deal. David Levene spends some quality time with feline friends at Tokyo’s Cat Cafe, where people pay to have a pet for the day.

Well it is Friday after all!

Photograph: Rain on Sibuya, by Michel Jones Photograph: Michel Jones

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'We're still feeling the aftershocks'


From Tokyo-based commenter SaffronHS reporting from the aftermath of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake:

It’s 25:24, still in the office - and still feeling aftershocks. We are feeling rather sick, both from devastating news and dizziness of actual shaking. Odakyu line (departs from Shinjyuku and goes into Kanagawa) started running again, and will be running through the night, but some of us decided it’s better waiting until the sun is up; it’s cold outside, and we are not sure if we can get onto the train at all - it must be fully packed now, and might not be able to get on board.