Pictures of the Week (Jan. 9 – Jan. 13)

Tokyo, Japan – A group of Japanese men wearing only head bands and loincloths pray for good health in a traditional ice-water bath to celebrate the New Year at a Shinto shrine in downtown Tokyo, January 8, 2012. It is an occasion to prove one’s manhood by enduring frigid temperatures in the freezing ice water. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Chiba, Japan – Japanese girls dressed in kimonos, celebrate the Coming of Age Day at Tokyo Disneyland, January 9, 2012. As of January 1, 2012, an estimated 1.22 million Japanese turned 20 years old over the past year. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Zurich, Switzerland – (L-R) Homare Sawa, Lionel Messi during the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year trophy and Lionel Messi, FIFA World Player of the Year with the FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy during the during the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011 Gala at Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, January 9, 2012. (Photo by Enrico Calderoni/AFLO SPORT)

Osaka, Japan – KARA performs on stage during the 26th Golden Disk Awards Osaka, January 11, 2012. This well-known Korean music award event took place for the first time overseas and was held for two days in Japan starring famous Korean pop groups. (Photo by Akihiro Sugimoto/AFLO)

Chiba, Japan – Models pose next to a custom car during the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon at Makuhari Messe, January 13, 2012,. The car show runs from January 13-15. (Photo by Christopher Jue/AFLO)