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Bonryaku Temae - tea ceremony demonstration

Enroll Now – Spring Monday Classes

February 2, 2015 – first day of Spring Semester New student registration – in class February 2 > continuing students can register in class

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Resolve to Exercise Your Brain

Learning a second language is good for you » Studies indicate bilingualism is good for health – particularly your brain Older adults who have spoken two languages since childhood seem to have better cognitive flexibility — meaning, they are better able to go with the flow in the face of a new or unexpected circumstances. […]


Why Learn Japanese

Enjoy this new presentation on the many benefits of learning Japanese, courtesy of the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles. See links … [Read More...]

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...]

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 … [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

soji no jikan school cleaning time

At Sakura Gakuen more than just the language of Japan is shared. A blend of cultural experiences and lessons is part of our curriculum. This includes more than the Culture Days, cooking, crafts and field trips. Class discussions, projects and skits often focus on culture. As part of the examination of culture, the similarities and […]

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 the […]

Roppongi Hills illumination 2014

Christmas in Japan? Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus in Japan (and Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty etc). With only a about 1 percent of the Japanese population following the Christian faith, Christmas is still celebrated, though in a uniquely Japanese way. There is no Japanese word for “Merry Christmas.” People just say it […]