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Onigiri Fundraiser – May 4

Celebrate Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day) on May 4th with the School’s spring fundraiser. Tasty and kawaii (cute). See us in the courtyard Sunday May 4th between 10:30 and noon, or better still, pre-order before they are sold out. Pre-order tickets will be available after services this month – catch the announcements after service from […]

In the News

April 19 – No School

This Saturday there will be no classes. Next weekend, Saturday April 26th classes will resume. For the latest information on what is happening at the school and the school schedule please refer to the school calender. For Saturday family specific items login in and check the Parent Portal under Chōnaikai. Mark your calendars – Onigiri […]

Announcements

Youth Field Trip – April 12

Saturday April 12th the youth school will take a field trip to the 47th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan Town, … [Read More...]

Speech Contest – March 8

Continuing the annual tradition - Sakura Gakuen Saturday students will demonstrate their language skills with a speech contest … [Read More...]

Oshiro

Welcome Oshiro sensei

Oshiro sensei will join us at Sakura Gakuen beginning February 1, 2014. She will teach the Beginning Class. Please give her a warm … [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

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      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 […]

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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) […]

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 It’s Otsukimi, the Harvest Moon Festival, and this is the ideal setting in which to celebrate it.  While few Japanese are lucky enough to have tearooms, let alone a pond with a view to    the  east, this ancient festival is meant to celebrate the beauty of the moon, and the fall harvest.  At most homes, it’s […]