New Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train N700A is seen during its launching ceremony at Shin Osaka Station on February 8, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. The new train, boasting an automated speed control system and a host of passenger-friendly features, makes its commercial debut.
Paper balloons light up the night sky on February 11, 2013 in Senboku, Akita, Japan. The night skies of Senboku were ablaze in a warm orange light as the people in this northern Japanese city celebrated their traditional Kami Fusen Age (Flying Paper Balloon) festival.
New Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train N700A is seen during the launching ceremony at Tokyo Station on February 8, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. The new train, boasting an automated speed control system and a host of passenger-friendly features, makes its commercial debut.
Yamanote line platforms are packed with commuters at Shinagawa Station on February 5, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Both inner and outer circle services were suspended for more than 50 minutes in rush hour due to a man in his sixties fell to the rail track, the accident affected 55,500 commuters.
Workers pack heart-shaped plant Wax heart, or Sweetheart hoya for shipment on Janaury 29, 2013 in Mizuho, Gifu, Japan. The plant, sold as 'Love Love Heart' named after the leaf shape, is popular for Valentine's Day gift.
Workers sew ordermade masks, that shuts out particulate matter (PM) 2.5 as the mesh size of the mask is approximately 0.1 micrometers, at a mesh factory Clever on February 8, 2013 in Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan. The demand has been increasing since reports on China's pollution began, mainly from Japanese companies in China and Kyushu area.