Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was the odd one out as markets across Asia extended gains on Thursday ahead of a series of key global events due to take place in the coming days.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 213.61 points, or 1.28 percent, at 16,960.16 while the broader Topix gained 19.44 points, or 1.44 percent, to 1,369.05. South Korea's Kospi added 10.75 points, or 0.55 percent, to 1,958.17. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost 0.73 percent in afternoon trade.
Chinese markets finished the session mixed, with the Shanghai composite gaining 10.24 points, or 0.36 percent, to 2,859.92. The smaller Shenzhen composite closed down 2.45 points, or 0.13 percent, at 1,758.13.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 closed up 59.88 points, or 1.19 percent, at 5,081.12, boosted by gains in the financials, energy, and materials sectors - up 1.78, 1.15 and 1.98 percent, respectively.
Angus Nicholson, a market analyst from IG, said in an afternoon note that the resurgence in commodities prices, from oil to industrial metals, appeared to underpin the positive moves in equities.
He added the rally could find near term support from a series of important events due to take place in the coming days. These include the upcoming U.S. non-farm payrolls report on Friday, China's National People's Congress (NPC) that begins this weekend , as well as European Central Bank and Bank of Japan meetings next week.
Nicholson warned, "Of course, the markets currently look like they are pricing good news in from all of them, so an upset from any one could throw the rally off.