Pictures of the Week (Jan. 17 – Jan. 23)

"Temari No Uchi" Cat Cafe in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan – Customers enjoy relaxing with cats at “Temari No Uchi” Cat Cafe, January 15, 2015. Temari No Uchi, a Neko Cafe (cat cafe) based in Kichijoji where visitors can watch and interact with 19 cats whilst eating or having a coffee break. The store opened in April 2013 and allows to customers to play with cats and to escape from the stresses of the city life. The entrance fee is 1,200 Japanese yen (9.75 USD) on weekdays and 1,600 Japanese yen (12.99 USD) on weekends with discounts after 7pm. Drinks and food are charged separately. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

Robi cafe opens in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan – A woman speaks to a communication robots called “Robi” during a press preview for “Robi cafe” where visitors can interact with the robots while enjoying meals and drinks in Tokyo, January 15, 2015. The cafe will open from January 16 until February 8. (Photo by Yuriko Nakao/AFLO)

Robi dance performance at Tokyo's Marunouchi Building lobby
Tokyo, Japan – Much to the amazement of lunchtime visitors, businessmen and women, 100 “Robis” dance to the music in perfect synchronization at the lobby of Tokyo’s Marunouchi Building on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The Japanese arm of De Agostini, an Italian-based publishing house, sells a magazine that comes with parts for readers to assemble their own Robi that stands a little over 13 inches. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

FIS Snowboard World Championships Kreischberg 2015
Kreischberg, Austria – Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) in action during the FIS Snowboard World Championships Kreischberg 2015, Women’s Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Final, January 23, 2015. (Photo by Hiroyuki Sato/AFLO)

Junko Ishido Mother of Hostage Kenji Goto Speaks at FCCJ
Tokyo, Japan – Junko Ishido, mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is being held captive by Islamic State militants, arrives for a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, Friday, January 23, 2015. (Photo by Yuriko Nakao/AFLO)