The Japanese cherry garden in Vilnius is starting the blossom season and is expected to go into full bloom within days.
The first blossoms could be seen in the garden on the Neris River bank on Thursday.
The Chiune Sugihara Sakura Garden, which draws crowds each spring, is named after a Japanese consul who issued transit visas to some 6,000 persecuted Jews during World War Two.
Regina Juodkaitė, of the Botanical Garden of Vilnius University, says that the blossoming of Japanese cherry trees is very short, just one week.
Two public events are planned to mark the occasion: a stroller tour picnic on April 19 and an open festival, organised by the Japanese Embassy, on April 23.
Next week, the Vilnius University Botanical Garden is organising a nocturnal cherry blossom festival in Vingio Park.
Photos by Edvard Blaževič