Pictures of the Week (July 21 – July 27)

Saori Yoshida carries the flag leading the Japan Delegation during Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, July 27, 2012. (Photo by Koji Aoki/AFLO SPORT)

Tokyo, Japan – Kids play in a water fountain under the simmering sun at a local park in Tokyo as a powerful high-pressure system in the Pacific Ocean continues to cover much of Japan with a prolonged searing heat wave, July 27, 2012. Four people died and 916 were hospitalized for heatstroke Thursday as the mercury rose as high as 38 degrees Celcius in Gifu Prefecture. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of continued high temperatures nationwide in the coming two weeks and in most regions throughout August. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Characters of the TV series “Ultraman” appear on stage in a sample scene, July 27 2012. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the hero, fans can enjoy the Festival from July 27 to September 2 at Sunshine City complex in Ikebukuro district. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

London, UK – Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) speaks during a press conference for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Athlete’s Village Media Centre, July 25, 2012. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT)

The Japanese Delegation filled with high spirits pose for a photo on a bright sunny day during the welcoming ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Athlete’s Village in London, UK, JULY 24, 2012. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT)

Tokyo, Japan – Two Japanese women operate a large female robot at the recently opened robot restaurant in downtown Tokyo, July 23 2012. This themed restaurant is like another dimension surrounded by crazy lighting and giant robots entertaining customers while they eat. The restaurant is described to offer “furious waves of pure entertainment.” (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)