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Japan is renowned for its cherry blossom - beautiful blooms that surge forth and cloak the trees in an exquisite marshmallow pink come spring.
First restricted by size, color, and other regulations, postcard production blossomed in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
After three poor blossom seasons, parts of the UK are again in bloom.
What is Britain's best blossom and where is it to be found, asks the BBC's A Question of Nature series?
The exact dates are meticulously calculated each year by experts, who forecast when and where the cherry blossom, known as sakura, will arrive.
The season broadly moves south to north; for example, Okinawa Island to the south of the mainland gets blossom in full bloom around mid-February, while Sapporo to the north expects sakura to blossom in early May.
The following is a brief general history of the postcard in the United States.