Pictures of the Week (May 19 – May 25)

Tokyo, Japan – Some thousands of people gathered to attend the Sanja Matsuri in the Asakusa district, May 20, 2012. The Sanja Matsuri is one of the Three Great Festivals of Tokyo and is held on the third Saturday and Sunday every May by the inhabitants of the neighboring community in Asakusa. The parade of the portable shrines is conducted for the mutual amity of the neighborhood and the prosperity of the community, but is also enjoyed by people from all over the world. (Photo by Francesco Libassi/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Director Rupert Sanders (L) and actress Charlize Theron (R ) attend the premiere event for the film “Snow White & the Huntsman,” May 20, 2012. The film will open June 15 in Japan. (Photo by Nippon News/AFLO)

Tokorozawa, Japan – Japanese school children use specially designed eye glasses, observing the annular solar eclipse in progress in Tokorozawa, Tokyo’s western suburbs, May 21, 2012. From southern Kyushu to Tohoku, northeastern Japan, some 83 million people along the Pacific Coasts observed the rare phenomenon, in which the moon blocks all but a ring of the sun’s light. In Tokyo, it was viewed for the first time in 173 years. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Osaka, Japan – The partial solar eclipse is seen in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan on May 21, 2012. An annular solar eclipse was observed over a wide area of Japan on Monday early morning. Millions of people watched as a rare “ring of fire” eclipse crossed the skies. (Photo by Katsuro Okazawa/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Men wear a costumes resembling Tokyo Skytree. Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest self-standing telecommunications tower with a height of 634 meters, opened May 22, 2012. This new Japanese landmark is expected to attract approximately 200,000 visitors on this first official opening day to the general public. (Photo by Yumeto Yamazaki/Nippon News)

Shizuoka, Japan – Shinji Okazaki (JPN) in action during the Kirin Challenge Cup 2012 between Japan 2-0 Azerbaijan at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, May 23, 2012. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT)

Tokyo, Japan – A businessman takes a break near a cargo area at a port in Tokyo, May 23, 2012. According to the Ministry of Finance Japan report, the country acquired a trade balance of 520.27 billion yen in April, compared with 470.8 billion yen in the previous year. Exports increased 7.9 percent from a year earlier which was below the expected 11.8 increase economists had hoped for. Imports, on the other hand, saw a 8.0 percent increase to 6.087 trillion yen. (Photo by Christopher Jue/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Skytree is illuminated in purple which expresses the Japanese aesthetic sense, elegant and dignified image of the tower in the Asakusa district, May 24, 2012. Tokyo Skytree has two lighting styles, the concept of the design is based on Japanese aesthetic “Miyabi” in purple and blue “Iki” represents the essence of Kokoroiki. The tower opened to the public on May 22, 2012 and at 634m is the world’s second tallest building and the worlds’ tallest tower. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)