Pictures of the Week (August 4 – August 10)

Hiroshima, Japan – Colorful paper lanterns carrying wishes for peace are released onto the Motoyasu River that runs by the Atomic Dome, background, in Hiroshima, August 6, 2012. Japan observed the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing over this western Japanese city during World War II. (Photo by AFLO)

London, UK – Ai Fukuhara (JPN) reacts in competition during the table tennis Women’s Team Final at ExCeL during the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 7, 2012. (Photo by Jun Tsukida/AFLO SPORT)

Tokyo, Japan – Mexican fans celebrate the Mexico win over Japan at a local bar in Tokyo, August 7, 2012. Mexico defeated Japan (3-1) during the 2012 London Olympics Semi Final soccer match. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

Sendai, Japan – Tanabata decorations are shown hanging from the ceiling during the Sendai Tanabata Festival, which is known to be one of the biggest festivals in the Tohoku region, August 9, 2012. Tanabata is a Japanese festival celebrating the meeting of the deities Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). Wind stocks are decorated throughout a long shopping street near Sendai station. (Photo by Yumeto Yamazaki/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – An anonymous group of volunteers, all wearing face masks and carrying plastic bags, picks up litters outside the exhibition hall where comic market takes place on the Tokyo Bay waterfront, August 10, 2012. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)