The process of Sakura flowering lasts only seven days. In Japan, there is a special name for the time when all the petals are discarded, and the leaves are about to bloom — hazakura. The main event (Hanami) connected with Sakura is its flowering, when locals and tourists gather in huge numbers under the flowering trees for a picnic. It refers to the process of admiring flowers (which is partly what people who have gathered for a picnic do). In Japan, such picnics under the cherry tree are also seen as a social subtext — this is a great occasion for work colleagues, classmates or students to get to know each other better.