Pictures of the Week (Nov. 10 – Nov. 16)

Tokyo, Japan – Approximately 50 yuru-kyara pose for a group photo at Tsukiji Honganji during the Kizunasai Festival, November 10, 2012. Tsukiji Honganji completed its first restoration since the temple was built in 1934. (Photo by AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – “Diamond Fuji,” the sunset over the summit of Mt. Fuji is observed from the Fujimizaka Slope in the Nippori neighborhood part of Tokyo, November 13, 2012. There are a number of hills in Tokyo named Fujimizaka, literally “Slope with a view of Mt. Fuji,” but the construction of tall buildings has made it increasingly difficult to actually see Mt. Fuji from these slopes. Fujimizaka in Nippori is said to be the only hill of the name in central Tokyo from where people can still see Mt. Fuji. Many spectators gathered here today for a glimpse of the sun setting near the mountain’s peak, which creates a sparkling phenomenon known as “Diamond Fuji.” (Photo by Yusuke Nakanishi/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Against the backdrop of the autumn sky, Grand Prince Hoel Akasaka still stands majestically after demolition work got underway at Tokyo’s upscale residential and commercial area of Akasaka, November 14, 2012. The high-rise hotel once boasted spectacular night view of the nation’s capital closed the visitors’ book on its 55-year history in June 2011. The hotel was originally slated to close its door in March but remained open to give shelter to those affected by the March 11 disaster in Japan’s northeastern region. Once the building is demolished, railway and hotel operator Seibu Holdings will construct two buildings – a 36-story structure consisting of offices, a hotel and a commercial complex; and a 24-story building comprising rental apartments that are scheduled to open in summer 2016. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Skytree is illuminated in green as “the tallest Christmas tree in the world” in Tokyo, November 15, 2012. (Photo by Masahiro Tsurugi/AFLO)