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

2017 Monday Adult Classes – Pre-register for Fall Semester

Monday Classes for Adults All classes are designed to fit the needs of busy adults like you Adult Class Orientation and Registration is at 6:00 p.m. at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento on Monday, August 21, 2017 in the annex classrooms. Park in the back of the church in the lot found through the gates and […]

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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 […]


Youth Program, Pre-Registration for Fall 2017 8/19, First Class 9/9

Enroll for the Fall Semester 2017 - Pre-registration will be on Saturday, August 19, 2017. 9:00 am - 11:00 am, classrooms #2 … [Read More...]

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...]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]