TIME Pictures of the Week

Pictures of the Week: March 28 — April 4

From the shootings at Fort Hood to the Afghan elections, to Queen Elizabeth’s visit with Pope Francis and a camera savvy koala bear, TIME presents the best photos of the week.

 

TIME cherry blossoms

See Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in Japan

Instagrammers show the world the beauty of sakura season

Every year, around late March to early April, cherry blossoms — or sakura — bloom all across Japan. They usher in a new season and transform the landscape into a sea of white and gorgeous light pink. People have been taking to Instagram to share the beauty of Japan in full bloom:

#桜 #高知城 #高知

A photo posted by すず (@suzu8bz) on

#桜#さくら#花見#川沿い 桜が満開に咲いてました♥️春到来です^ ^

A photo posted by ha°nda ha°nda (@rarahira425) on

ごちそうさん、終わっちゃったわね。

A photo posted by さくま (@sakumaiko) on

Cloudy Spring Day #cloudy #cloudysky #spring #cherryblossom #sakura #playground #japan #桜

A photo posted by M (@angelicangleworm) on

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