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Kodomo no hi May 16, 2015

Kodomo no Hi 子供の日 (Children’s Day)

May 5th is the national holiday known as, Kodomo no Hi 子供の日 (Children’s day) in Japan. It is a day to celebrate the health and happiness of children. Until 1948 the holiday was called Tango no Sekku 端午の節句 and honored boys. Although this holiday has became known as, Children’s Day, many Japanese still consider it a Boy’s […]

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Darcy Nishi Minister Assistant Installation April 2016

Sakura Gakuen Alum – Darcy Nishi

Congratulations Sakura Gakuen alum, Sensei Darcy Nishi, Walnut Grove Buddhist Church’s new Minister Assistant. Bishop Kodo Umezu installed Darcy Nishi as Minister’s Assistant at Walnut Grove Buddhist Church on April 17, 2016. From right to left in the above photo: Bishop Kodo Umezu, Sensei Darcy Nishi, Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki and Rev. Roy Mayhugh.


Saturday Class Activity Calender Spring 2016

The calendar for spring semester is now available. PTC (parent) meetings, culture days, spring field trip, promotion and more can … [Read More...]

Monday Classes Potluck - January 2015

Monday Classes Potluck – January 25

Congratulations on a successful fall semester of Japanese. Celebrate your accomplishments Monday evening, starting at 6:00 pm at … [Read More...]

Oshōgatsu Potluck & Mochitsuki – January 9

お正月 の もちつき! Join us for Sakura Gakuen’s 2016 Oshōgatsu / New Year’s Potluck this Saturday, January 9. All youth and kinder … [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


March 3 is Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival or Girls’ Festival), when people celebrate the happiness and health of daughters. Families with young girls mark this day by setting up a display of dolls in their homes. They set out offerings of rice crackers and other food for the dolls. The dolls wear costumes 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 […]


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 […]