Pictures of the Week (Jan. 2 – Jan. 6)

January 6, 2011, Tokyo, Japan – Members of the Tokyo Fire Department parade in front of the viewing stand during the annual “Dezomeshiki,” a New Years Fire Review. Spectacular demonstrations featured firefighting drills, rescue, first aid and a parade of fire engines and helicopters. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

January 2, 2012, Kanagawa, Japan – Ryuji Kashiwabara (Toyo-Univ) runs during the 88th Hakone Ekiden Race, The 5th Section Goal at Hakone Ashino-Lake. (Photo by Daiju Kitamura/AFLO SPORT)

January 4, 2012, Tokyo, Japan – A Shinto shrine maiden gives God’s blessing to a group of businessmen on the traditional first business day of 2012 at Kanda Shrine in downtown Tokyo. Thousands of people turned out to celebrate the new year and make their wishes in a traditional rite at the Shinto shrine which dates back 1,270 years. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

January 3, 2012, Kanagawa, Japan – A humpback whale is seen stranded on a beach at Odawara. The humpback whale was discovered on January 2 morning. (Photo by Koichi Mitsui/AFLO)

January 6, 2011, Tokyo, Japan – Members of the Edo Firemenship Preservation Association perform their daredevil stunts atop bamboo ladders during the annual “Dezomeshiki,” a New Years Fire Review. The display of bravado is designed to recreate traditional firefighting techniques used in the 17th century. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)