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Saturday School – Potluck – December 20

A celebration of our students efforts and the dedicated teaching staff will be held 3rd and 4th periods. Bring a dish, as assigned per PTC email, and share the accomplishments of this fall semester with the Sakura Gakuen community. This is an opportunity to learn about Oseibo and other Japanese seasonal traditions as well as […]

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Enroll in Monday Spring Classes

February 2, 2015 – first day of Spring Semester New student registration – January 12, 7:30 pm > continuing students can register in class


Honoring Decades of Service

RESCHEDULED - Our recently retired Dean, Futaba Wood Sensei, will be honored at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento this Sunday, … [Read More...]

Mochi and Mandarins – Order NOW

Place mandarin orders by Dec 10 and Mochi orders by Dec 7 Support the language school (mandarins) and the Betsuin's Sports … [Read More...]

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

WHEN: Sunday, November 23 10:30 am to 1 pm WHERE: Kaikan (gymn) HOW MUCH: $7 per delicious bowl MORE INFO: Event Flyer Sakura … [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) […]