Pictures of the Week (Apr. 5 – Apr. 11)

Kanamara Matsuri - Steel Phallus Festival 2014
Kawasaki, Japan – Participants during the Kanamara Matsuri, which held each first Sunday of April at Kanayama Shrine, April 6, 2014. After the lighting of the sacred flame at the shrine, a huge pink phallus-shaped mikoshi altar is carried around the city during a procession. The penis, central theme of the event, is reflected in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables and decorations. There is also a museum near the shrine with a cast-iron sculpture of a vagina and a pair of legs. Visitors can purchase small penis-shaped souvenirs and rub it on the sculpture for good luck. (Photo by Francesco Libassi/AFLO)

All Japan Selected Judo Championships
Fukuoka, Japan – (L to R) Riki Nakaya and Hiroyuki Akimoto in action during the All Japan Selected Judo Championships Men’s -73kg at Fukuoka Convention Center, April 6, 2014. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT)

RockCorps comes to Japan for the Fist Time
Tokyo, Japan – (L to R) The mascot character of Team Kibitan, Fukushima Prefecture governor Yuhei Sato, RockCorps co-founder and CEO Stephen Greene and the JT vice president Hideki Miyazaki pose for the cameras at the press conference of RockCorps supported by JT on April 9, 2014. The “RockCorps supported by JT” focus on rebuilding communities badly affected by the Great East Earthquake in 2011 in collaboration with Fukushima Prefecture and other companies like Yahoo! Japan and NPO organizations. Organizers expect the help of 4,000 volunteers will give four hours of their time working on “agriculture support, environmental regeneration and life support” projects (from April 26th to September 6th) in Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Kanto regions.(Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

Tokyo, Japan – Daiya Seto during the Japan Swim 2014 Men’s 400m Individual Medley at Tatsumi International Swimming Pool, April 10, 2014. (Photo by AFLO SPORT)