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.
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:
From North Korea’s rocket Unha-3 and the Trayvon Martin case to wildfires in the New York City metropolitan area and the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.