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What is Rajio Taiso (ラジオ体操)?

In the early 1920s, MetLife Insurance sponsored daily 15 minute calisthenics programs to be broadcast over the radio to American audiences in an effort to make them healthier and fitter. It didn’t catch on here in the six cities where it was broadcast, but visiting Japanese officials loved the idea enough to bring it back […]

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Fuji-san cherry blossoms and pagoda

Still Not Too Late to Enroll – Fall Semester

Classes have just begun – hurry – you can still enroll Registration for youth classes – 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on first day of class (Saturday, September 12) and for several weeks until classes are full Youth classes – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come to school during school hours and enroll now Registration […]


Undōkai – Sports Day

Saturday, October 24th, the annual Undōkai will be held in the kaikan. Undōkai (運動会) is held across Japan typically in the early … [Read More...]

Fire Drill – September 26 – Youth School

Our students are precious. To help keep them safe a fire/evacuation drill is conducted within the first few weeks of school. … [Read More...]

I-House’s International Festival in Davis

October 4 4th International Festival in Davis, Davis, Central Park, C Street between 3rd and 5th Streets, Sunday, October 4, … [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

mutual respect

In Japan respect and the community has been very significant in their culture. The Japanese language is ripe with honorifics that promulgate these respectful relationships. As part of the comparison of Japanese schools with those in the USA here is a video about two schools and the student’s experience in modern Japan. The video reveals […]

Walnut Grove Bazaar 2014

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 […]

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 […]