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Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) -detail of great wave off Kanagawa

2016 Fall Monday Adult Classes

Monday Classes for Adults All classes are designed to fit the needs of busy adults like you 2016 FALL SEMESTER:  Orientation and registration in person is   Monday, August 29, 2016  at 6:00 pm for all classes.  Returning students may register by mail.   contact Mrs. Thomas The first day of class – 9/12/2016.    […]

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2016-2017 School Year – Begins September

The new school year will start in September – Saturday, September 10, 2016 for youth classes Adult classes begin on Monday, September 12, 2016 It is not too late to enroll for a fall class Click here for more adult class info and see how easy it is to enroll Saturday Youth Classes begin at […]


Obon festival

2016 Obon Festivals Calendar

June-August, 2016 Obon Festival Calendar 2016, Dozens of festivals across the west many are free.     See more … [Read More...]

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...]

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

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 […]

It's a Japanese tradition to hang handwritten wishes on a bamboo branch to celebrate this festival.

Have you heard of Tanabata? It’s actually a festival, not a national holiday. According to legend, the Milky Way in the night sky separates two star-crossed lovers, Pricess Orihime and the cow herd Hikoboshi, represented in the night sky by the stars Vega and Altair. The princess was so forlorn to be torn from her […]


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 […]