Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, you have done us proud. Last week we asked you for your funny, cute, beautiful and inspiring photos from Japan and Asia, and by the beard of Mr. Sato did you provide!

Join us after the jump for our pic of the week, plus three honorable mentions!

Congratulations to Ratchawut Cherdchuvanit on winning our first ever Pic of the Week contest with this stunning photo of the 634-meter (2,080ft) Tokyo Skytree’s silhouette looming over Japan’s capital city. Great work, Ratchawut! May Mr. Sato’s blessings be upon you!


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Honorable mentions

A huge thank you to everyone who sent us photos this week – the response was phenomenal. Please don’t be disheartened if your photo didn’t make it onto the site today, though; there are many weeks to come, so you’re still in with a chance!

In the meantime, check out three more entires that we were especially fond of this week.

Mystery in Hakone

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A deer kiss in Nara

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Pokébus in Towada City

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Have a photo you’d like to share with the world? Well it just so happens that we’ll be running this contest every week. Click here for more info on how to enter next week’s contest!