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

2016 -2017 Monday Adult Classes

Monday Classes for Adults All classes are designed to fit the needs of busy adults like you 2016 FALL SEMESTER:  9/12/2016 – 1/23/2017 You must register before attending a class.  First paid, first served basis. 2017 Spring SEMESTER:   1/30/2017 – 6/5/2017 Registration starts in December 2016.  Click here to import these important dates to […]

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Monday Adult Classes – Fall 2016

Begin/Continue Learning Japanese This Year All classes are designed to fit the needs of busy adults like you 2016 Fall SEMESTER:  The first day of class – 9/12/2016    The last day – 1/23/2017  2017 Spring SEMESTER:   1/30/2017 – 6/05/2017 Click here to import these important dates to your iCal or Google Calendar. Ten […]


Oshōgatsu Potluck & Mochitsuki – January 14

お正月 の もちつき! Join us for Sakura Gakuen’s 2017 Oshōgatsu / New Year’s Potluck this Saturday, January 14 at 9am. All … [Read More...]

Saturday School Calendar – tentative

A draft of the calendar for the 2016 - 2017 academic year is now available. PTC (parent) meetings, culture days, spring field … [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

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 […]

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 […]