Pictures of the Week (Dec. 12 – Dec. 16)

Kyoto, Japan – Seihan Mori, chief abbot at Kiyomizu Buddhist Temple writes on a wooden platform a Chinese character, “Kizuna” meaning “Bond,” during a ceremony at Kiyomizu Buddhist Temple in Kyoto on December 12, 2011. The character was chosen from 49,6997 applications submitted for consideration to best symbolize Japanese mind after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. (Photo by Akihiro Sugimoto/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – AI, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Jackie Jackson attend Amway Japan’s charity event on December 12, 2011. The Jacksons visited to Japan to perform at the “Michael Jackson Tribute Live” on December 13 and 14. (Photo by AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Housing and building material manufacturer Lixil Corp. showcases the company’s Inax brand toilet “Statis” covered in 72,000 Swarovski crystals valued approximately at $128,000 USD on December 14, 2011. Lixil showroom manager Kazuo Sumimiya said he hopes this heavily decorated one of a kind toilet will draw more tourists to Japan. The toilet will remain on display at Lixil’s company showroom in Tokyo until December 28. (Photo by Christopher Jue/AFLO)

Chiba, Japan – US actor Zac Efron arrives at Narita Airport in Chiba, Japan on December 13, 2011. Zac visited Tokyo to promote his film “New Year’s Eve.” (Photo by AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – A large scale figure of Optimus Prime from the movie, “Transformers Dark Side of the Moon” is displayed at a electronics store in downtown Tokyo, December 15, 2011. The “Transformers Dark Side of the Moon” DVD was released in Japan on December 16. (Photo by Christopher Jue/AFLO)

Yokohama, Japan – Lionel Messi (Barcelona) kicks the ball in style during the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011, Semi-Final match between FC Barcelona 4-0 Al-Sadd Sports Club at the Yokohama International Stadium in Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Daiju Kitamura/AFLO SPORT)