Pictures of the Week (Mar. 23 – Mar. 29)

Cherry blossoms in Japan 2013

Tokyo, Japan – Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen in Tokyo on Sunday, March 24, 2013, more than 10 days earlier than usual year. With arrival of spring, many people enjoy viewing the blossoms all over the country. (Photo by AFLO)

Carl Lewis at FCCJ

Tokyo, Japan – American athlete Carl Lewis speaks during a news conference at Tokyo Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan on Monday, March 25, 2013. Lewis, former 100-meter world record holder, along with long jumper Mike Powell and triple jumper Willie Banks, was in Japan on a friendly visit to areas affected by the 2011 Great Japan Earthquake to take part in a campaign to encourage youngsters. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 - Jordan 2-1 Japan

Amman, Jordan – (L to R) Shinji Okazaki (JPN) and Saeed Murjan (JOR) during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Asian Qualifier Final Round, Group B match between Jordan 2-1 Japan at King Abdullah Bin-Al-Hussein Stadium, March 26, 2013. (Photo by Yusuke Nakanishi/AFLO SPORT)

Parade for the new Kabukiza theater grand opening in Ginza

Tokyo, Japan – Members of a civil group preserving tradition and spirits of ancient firefighters parade with their standards in a procession in the rain through the main street of Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in celebration of the grand opening of new Kabuki theater. Some 60 leading Kabuki actors took part in the parade prior to the grand opening of the theater for Japan’s centuries-old performing arts of Kabuki slated for April 2. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi Horie holds a press conference

Tokyo, Japan – Former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi Horie holds a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The one-time maverick Internet tycoon was released on parole after serving 21 months of a 30-month sentence for accounting fraud. (Photo by AFLO)