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Midsummer News

Last summer class on Saturday July 26. Those students fortunate to visit Japan this summer are invited to share their experiences and photos here, when not preoccupied with shaved ice, chasing hotaru (fireflies) or putting their Japanese language skills to work ordering something at MOS burger. This weekend the temple courtyard and parking lot was […]

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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, 2014. August 18, 6 pm to 7 pm Adult class registration Click here for more adult class info August 23, 8:30 am to 10:30 pm Youth registration. Click here for more youth class info […]


Sakura Gakuen’s 85th Graduation

Saturday June 7th the youth school celebrated the 96th promotion and the 85th Graduation in William Land Park. A nice breeze kept … [Read More...]

Monday Classes end of year party – June 9

The end of semester potluck will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9th for all Monday class students. Entertainment will include … [Read More...]

Fun at Pacific Rim Fest – May 18

Thank you to all who stopped by our booth at the Pacific Rim Street Fest - It was a beautiful weekend and Old Sac was … [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) […]