The city of Hirosaki, in Aomori, is one of the most famous places in Japan for cherry blossom viewing, attracting huge numbers of tourists in the spring sakura season. The city's cherry trees are cared for year-round by tree doctors who call themselves "Team Sakuramori." These specialists employ pruning techniques developed for the region's apple industry to keep the trees free from disease, prevent falling branches and extend their lives.

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