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Welcome our new Saturday Sensei

The teaching staff is excited to teach our kids all about Japan and its language. Let’s do all we can to assist them. R. Kataoka, a professional bioengineer and student of kendo, teaches the Junior Introductory class. M. Nelson juggles teaching, scouting, sports and two young children along with her passion for cooking when not […]

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It is not too late to learn Japanese

Adult Monday Classes have begun and enrollment is still open. You are welcome to join an ongoing class. Bring your completed registration form and tuition payment to class. See the schedule for class times.


Sakura Gakuen’s 3rd Annual Ramen Fest 11/23

WHEN: Sunday, November 23 10:30 am to 1 pm WHERE: Kaikan Sakura Gakuen students and families (Saturday youth and Monday adult … [Read More...]

Undōkai – Sports Day

Saturday, October 18th, the annual Undōkai will be held in the kaikan. Undōkai (運動会) is held across Japan typically in the early … [Read More...]

2014-2015 School Year

The new school year will start on Saturday, September 6, 2014 for youth classes. Adult classes begin on Monday, September 8, … [Read More...]

SG Shop — Buy your T-shirt today!

Everybody's got one — do you? Order your very own super stylish, wickedly epic, modern black Sakura Gakuen T-shirt at the new school store. There's other stuff here, too, like tote bags, sweatshirts & aprons. Check it out! Read more...


About Japanese Culture

The humidity of a Japanese summer is broken by seasonal foods, excursions to the mountains and beaches and summer festivals. The principal summer event is OBON, an honoring of the spirits of the dead. Obon usually takes place between July-August. It is a time that many Japanese return to their hometowns and visit their families […]

Sun and clouds embrace Fuji-san

      Celebrating the new year in Japan also means paying special attention to the first time something is done in the new year.       Hatsu-hinode (初日の出)is the first sunrise of the year.  Before sunrise on January 1, people often drive to the coast or climb a mountain so that they can see the first sunrise of […]


SHIWASU is a Japanese work for December which literally means “teachers run around”.  This word reflects the busiest month of the year.  During December, BOUNENKAI (forget-the-year-party) are held among co-workers or friends in Japan.  It’s a Japanese custom to send OSEIBO (end-of-year gifts) around this time of the year.  Also, it’s customary to write and mail NENGAJOU (New Year’s postcards) […]