New shoots and first blooms are nature's signal that spring has arrived - even if warmer weather hasn't made an appearance.
As these vibrant photographs show, cherry blossom trees are set to create glorious floral displays around the world.
These stunning images, taken in Japan and in South Korea, show their picturesque landscapes being transformed into a sea of pink as cherry trees bloom.
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Do these trees actually produce edible cherries or are they fruitless?
The most beautiful cherry blossom in my life is in Kyoto. I couldn't sure I still alive or not.
Japan has celebrations for cherry blossoms every year from about the end of March to the beginning of April.
Yoshiki Fujiwara, a photographer based in Japan, has travelled to different parts of the country, including Kyoto, Kansai and Honshu, to capture the cherry blossom in 2015.
Some of his images showed the surreal landscape covered in pink while in others, the bright flowers are nestled amongst forest green trees.
Jessica Wry who went to Gunhangje Festival said: 'Seeing the cherry blossoms for the first time in Jinhae was one of the best, it was a very exciting experience'.
A close up of the flowers taken at Gunhangje Festival shows their delicate petals huddled together. Some are still in their unfurling bud.
Yoshiki Fujiwara travelled around Japan to trail cherry blossoms. Above, the flowers are seen at night time in the Okayama Prefecture.
The country even has its own word for cherry blossom flower viewing - 'hanami'.
Beside a canal in the Shiga Prefecture, Japan, the branches of the cherry trees are weighed down by the heavy flowers they carry.
Jessica Wry took this image at the annual Gunhangje Festival in Jinhae, South Korea. The 10-day festival returns again from April 1。
Two locals walk on a rail tracks under the blossom in Jinhae. The pink flowers contrast sharply with the green of the bushes below.
Different installations appear at Gunhangje Festival when the cherry blossoms are in full swing. There are also many cultural events.