Pictures of the Week (Dec. 22 – Dec. 28)

Japan Rugby Top League 2012-2013 - NEC Green Rockets 34-0 Canon Eagles

Tokyo, Japan – Yosuke Morita (Green Rockets) kicks the football during the Japan Rugby Top League 2012-2013 match between NEC Green Rockets 34-0 Canon Eagles at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, December 22, 2012. (Photo by AFLO)

79th birthday of Emperor Akihoto

Tokyo, Japan – Emperor Akihito waves to a throng of well-wishers from behind the bullet-proof glass panel of the Imperial Palace balcony in Tokyo on Sunday, December 23, 2012. (Photo by AFLO)

79th birthday of Emperor Akihoto

Tokyo, Japan – Thousands of well-wishers wave paper flags celebrating the 79th birthday of Emperor Akihito during a general audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Sunday, December 23, 2012. More than 20,000 well-wishers turned out to the palace, celebrating the 79th birthday of the monarch, who said in his statement that he’s concerned about the country’s aging population. (Photo by AFLO)

All Japan Bobsleigh Championship 2012 - 2013

Nagano, Japan – Hiroatsu Takahashi (JPN) during the All Japan Bob sleigh Championship 2012/2013 at Nagano Bob sleigh Luge Park (Spiral), December 24, 2012. (Photo by Jun Tsukida/AFLO SPORT)

Decorations of Japan's New Year

Tokyo, Japan – Kadomatsu symbolize a tree provided for the descent of the gods, December 27, 2012. They are removed and burned on January 7th. (Photo by Yumeto Yamazaki/Nippon News)