Pictures of the Week (Apr. 25 – May. 1)

"Niconico Douga" Fan Event 2015
Chiba, Japan – A cosplayer poses for the picture during the Niconico Douga fan event at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on April 25, 2015. The event includes special attractions such as J-pop concerts, Sumo and Pro Wrestling matches, cosplay and manga and various robot performances and is broadcast live on via the video-sharing site. Niconico Douga (in English “Smiley, Smiley Video”) is one of Japan’s biggest video community sites where users can upload, view, share videos and write comments directly in real time, creating a sense of a shared watching. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

Tokyo Rainbow Pride celebrates LGTB rights
Tokyo, Japan – Colorfully dressed participants join the Rainbow Pride parade in Shibuya, Tokyo on Sunday April 27, 2015. An estimated 3000 people paraded through the streets of Shibuya on Sunday celebrating a recent increase in recognition of LGTB rights in Japan. (Photo by

Exhibition "Star Wars Visions" in Japan
Tokyo, Japan – A life size statue of Darth Vader on display during the exhibition Star Wars Vision at the Tokyo City View Sky Gallery in Roppongi Hills on April 28, 2015. The exhibition is divided into six themed areas (Original, Force, Battle, Saga, Galaxy and Droid) located in different halls, and visitors can see models of the battle spaceships, life-size statues of the principal characters and Jedi weapons from the movies. (Photo by Lucasfilm/Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

2015 World Table Tennis Championships
Suzhou, China – Ai Fukuhara (L) and Misako Wakamiya (R) in action during the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships Women’s doubles 2nd round match at Suzhou International Expo Centre, April 28, 2015. (Photo by Shingo Ito/AFLO SPORT)

All Japan Selected Judo Championships
Tokyo, Japan – Ryu Shichinohe (L) and Hisayoshi Harasawa (R) during the 2015 All Japan Judo Championships Final at Nippon Budokan, April 29, 2015. (Photo by Yohei Osada/AFLO SPORT)