Pictures of the Week (Jan. 4 – Jan. 10)

Praying for Good Business in the New Year
Tokyo, Japan – A huge throng of worshippers, mostly business persons, offer their prayers for good business in the coming year at Tokyo’s Kanda Myojin Shinto shrine on Saturday, January 4, 2014. The first business day of the year 2014 falls on Monday, January 6, but many small businesses make a head start by following the centuries-old tradition to visit the shrine believed to enshrine three Gods of wealth. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

First New Year Calligraphy
Tokyo, Japan – Hundreds of calligraphers brush words during an annual convention of New Year’s Kakizome at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan martial arts hall on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Kakizome, or the New Year’s first calligraphy writing, is one of the firsts Japanese are serious about. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Singer Austin Mahone arrives in Japan
Chiba, Japan – Singer Austin Mahone arrives at Narita International Airport, January 6, 2014. (Photo by AFLO)

Tokyo Fire Department's annual New Year review
Tokyo, Japan – Members of Edo Firemanship Preservation Association perform daredevil stunts atop 6.6-meter tall bamboo ladders during Tokyo Fire Department’s annual New Year review in Tokyo on Monday, January 6, 2014. The ladder-top stunts were developed from original fire-spotting technique from vantage points in the old days. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)