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

2017 Monday Adult Classes

Monday Classes for Adults All classes are designed to fit the needs of busy adults like you 2017 Spring SEMESTER:   1/30/2017 – 6/5/2017 It's not too late to register! Beginning to Advanced classes available.  Click HERE for more information

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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 […]


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...]

Harmony and History

The Saturday classes were visited by Reverend Bob Oshita and Gordon Nitta (Church Board of Trustees President) this first wet … [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

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 […]

 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 […]