Learn Japanese This Spring

Register for 2018 Spring Adult Classes

Click here to download a registration form

You must register and pay tuition before attending a class.
You may change class level after first class.

1. Print Adult class registration form and fill in information.

2. Write a check payable to "Sakura Gakuen" for tuition amount.  (One semester class is $210. BCS members' tuition is $168 per semester class.)

3. Mail your registration form and check to 

Sakura Gakuen Adult Class
c/o Buddhist Church of Sacramento
2401 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95818
Continuing students may register in their current class.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Thomas by email


Monday Adult Classes – Spring 2018

Begin/Continue Learning Japanese in New Year 2018

Registration starts in December 2017.

All classes are designed to fit the needs of busy adults like you

2018 Spring Semester:   1/29/2018 – 6/04/2018

Click here to import these important dates to your iCal or Google Calendar.

Ten more reasons to learn Japanese

Learn more about our Monday classes

Tuition (2017-2018 School Year)

Tuition* per Semester class
(20% discount for members of Buddhist Church of Sacramento $168)
Returned check fee
Late payment fee
Class observation fee – If you decide to take the class, it will be applied toward your tuition. $20.00   cash

* Tuition is due in full at registration. Tuition does not include the cost of a textbook. There is no refund for No-Show.  There may be an additional charge for handouts for Kanji classes.**Tomodachi discount deal: Register with your friend and get $10 back!  When your friend/family member registers and pays as a new student to our Adult class program, you will get $10 credit for your tuition for the following semester.  If you introduce us to two new students, you will get $20, and so on.  Sorry, no double discount for church members.

Register Now

 Register for Adult Classes

Click here to download a registration form

You must register and pay tuition before attending a class.
You may change class level after attening a class.

Contact Mrs. Thomas for openings: thomas@sakuragakuen.org

 – Follow the direction below to register.

1. Print Adult class registration form and fill in information.

2. Write a check payable to "Sakura Gakuen" for tuition amount.  (One semester class is $210. BCS members' tuition is $168 per semester class.)

3.  Mail registration and tuition check to:

        Sakura Gakuen Adult Class
        c/o The Buddhist Church of Sacramento
        2401 Riverside Blvd.
        Sacramento, CA 95818

Omu Raisu (Rice Omelette)


A western influenced dish from the turn of the century Ginza

“Omu” is an abbreviation for “omuretsu” (“omelette” pronounced with a Japanese accent) and “Raisu” is obviously a rendition of “rice”. This dish is said to have originated in the Ginza district of Tokyo and inspired by chakin-zushi (pan fried chicken rice). It is a favorite of children and often found in western styled restaurants in Japan.

Servings: 2

• 2 ½ cups fried rice (see yakimeshi recipe) often flavored with diced chicken and sometimes dressed up with shitake, corn, bell pepper. This is a way to help some kids eat vegetables.
• 4 eggs
• 2 tablespoons milk
• ketchup

1. Prepare or warm up fried rice

2. Break eggs, add milk and beat well in a separate container

3.Cook egg mix in lightly greased pan over medium heat until the top begins to slightly set

4. Before egg is too dry add fried rice to one side of pan and flip over the other side’s egg to cover the rice. Cook about another minute to set egg

5. Serve warm and garnish with ketshup
The fried rice can be replaced wth yakisoba for “omusoba”

Yakimeshi (Fried Rice)


Tasty quick staple of Japan – leftovers reminiscent of childhood and Obasan

Yakimeshi, like ojiya, illustrates the practical efficiency of Japan. With rice eaten daily, there accumulates some leftover cooked rice unless you have a teenage boy. This fried rice is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it often eagerly anticipated. Each household makes it slightly differently and each time it is made it can be different as the assorted leftovers added to the rice may vary. Yakimeshi is more simply flavored than Chinese fried rice, as it essentially is only flavored with soy sauce. It is also a great way to clean out the corners of the fridge.

Servings: 2 to 3 (about 1 cup cooked rice per serving)

• 2 to 3 cups of day or two old cooked rice (some use rice that has been stored in the fridge since it is drier)
• 1 onion, chopped
• 2 to 3 green onions, diced thin
• 1 egg
• ¼ cup ham or other chopped meat (optional)
• 1 to 1½ tablespoons oil
• 1 small carrot, chopped or diced
• ¼ to ½ cup vegetables (peas, chopped spinach, diced celery, chopped green beans, or other leftovers)
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce (more or less to taste)
• optional a few diced shitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic or other favorites to personalize the dish

1. Chop/dice vegetables and optional meat. Beat egg in separate container and set aside

2. Heat oil in heavy pan, wok or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add onions first and cook to caramelize

3. Cook other vegetables to begin to warm and soften.Do not over cook. Cook meat in the same pan

4. Push vegetables off to one side of pan, cook egg and then break it up and mix with the vegetables

5. Add rice and stir fry for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Break up rice and stir to keep from burning, or sticking to pan. Some recipes call for turning down the heat and covering with a lid for a few minutes. This method can result in a crust on the bottom that can be broken up to give the yakimeshi more texture

6. When nearly done, add finely sliced green onion and soy sauce to taste

7. Mix thoroughly and serve warm. Some add pepper or shichimi togarashi to taste

Kohaku Namasu (red & white salad)


Clean refreshing salad often a part of New Year’s fare, but delicious anytime of the year.

Servings: 4 to 6

• ~ 1 lbs. daikon radish
• ~ 1/4 lbs carrot
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup rice vinegar
• 1/3 cup dashi stock (or water)
• 3 tbsp sugar

1. Cut radish and carrots into sengiri, or thin julienne strips. YouTube video of sengiri applied to cabbage:See the xxx recipe for instructions on this cutting method.

2. Kneed salt into cut vegetables. Set them aside for 20 to 30 minutes to allow water to be pulled from the vegetables. Drain and squeeze water from vegetables. The better wrung out the vegetables the crisper the end result.

3. Mix vegetables with dressing ingredients. Adjust to suit your taste. Water instead of dashi stock is a common substitute. Some add mirin and reduce the granulated sugar. well the shirodashi broth with the grated yam

4. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This can keep sealed in refrigerator for a couple days. Optional garnishes include thinly sliced kombu (kelp) and sesame seed, The color contrast of black sesame on the orange and white pickled julienned vegetables is striking.

For a great description of Japanese culinary cutting methods visit Taste of Japan’s page on vegetable cutting.

Spinach gomae (Spinach and Sesame Sauce)


A quick to prepare fresh side dish that can compliment almost anything

Serves: about 4

• ¾ to ½ pounds of raw spinach
• 2 to 3 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds (white or black)
• 1½ tablespoon soy sauce
• ½ teaspoon mirin
• ½ tablespoon sugar

1. Toast sesame seed in a pan quickly without any oil. Remove when a few seeds start to pop

2. Grind ¾ of sesame seeds with a mortar (Suribachi) and leave the remainder whole for texture

3. Combine seasonings (soy, mirin and sugar) in a bowl and mix in thoroughly the ground sesame

4. Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil then add the cleaned spinach

5. Cook spinach quickly (about 40 seconds, less for baby spinach, longer for older spinach) then place in cold water or drain and rinse under cold water

6. Squeeze out water and compress spinach to facilitate cutting

7. Cut spinach into 1½ to 2 inch sections

8. Mix in sesame dressing to coat spinach well

9. Chill and serve cold, garnish with remaining sesame seed

Variations include adding 1 teaspoon sake, a bit of tahini, or dash of sesame oil

Youth Program, First Day of Class

Enroll for the Fall Semester 2017 –First Day Fall Semester – September 9, 2017
School starts at 9:00 with a brief announcement to the entire student body. The first Parent/Family & Teacher (PTC) meeting will follow immediately after in classrooms #1 & 4 in the min buiilding. Pay tuition and fees by second week of semester to avoid the late fees.

Bring completed forms to expedite the process. Registration forms are available here. 

Kinpira (きんぴら) gobo and carrot

A lot of effort (cutting) but well worth it as this salty sweet side dish adds color, texture and tradition to the table. This is a staple side dish enjoyable all year. Gobo, a.k.a. Burdock root, is a long thin root full of fiber and minerals. It is found in oden and many other classic Japanese dishes. There are many variations of this recipe including the addition of sake and using other vegetables like parsnips.

Servings: ~4-6


• 1 Gobo root (about 2.5 to 3 feet of root)
• 1 carrot
• 1 tbsp sesame oil
• 1/4 cup water or dashi stock
• 2 tbsp shoyu (soy sauce)
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 1 tbsp mirin
• 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

1. Clean gobo root with a thorough scrubbing under cool water. Some scrape off the outer layer to make it look pretty, but this part has a lot of flavor, fiber and minerals.

2. Cut carrots into thin matchstick size pieces or julienne.

3. Be careful cutting the gobo it can be tough. It also can stain hands. Keep the cut gobo in water until all are done, then drain. Cut the gobo using Sasagaki-style cutting: with a sharp knife safely score the root lengthwise several times, then with the knife whittle the end like your sharpening a pencil to produce nice size shavings. Here is a great description of the sasagaki cutting technique from Makiko Itoh’s, Justhungy.com Justhungry is a great resource for technique and recipes.

4. Heat oil in fry pan at a medium high heat (not smoking hot). Add gobo for about 3 minutes, then add carrots for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, stirring all the while. When done, the gobo should be firm but tender, if it is still crunchy cook a bit more

5. Add the sugar and liquid seasonings and cook to reduce to a thick savory sauce coating the vegetables. When done, the gobo should be firm but tender, if it is still crunchy cook a bit more after adding some liquid. The end product is not dripping wet, it is coated and the pan dry.

6. Remove from heat and stir in sesame seeds. Serve warm or chilled. This keeps well in the refrigerator for several days.

kimpira photo from mmm-yoso‘s fun filled food blog

Challenge your knowledge of Japanese

JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) – Sunday, December 6, 2015
2015 Test and registration information
The JLPT was developed to measure the proficiency level of non-native learners of Japanese. It is used by some companies and schools (especially schools in Japan) to determine an individual’s Japanese language ability. San Francisco testing site information courtesy of the JLPT West Coast sponsor, American Association of Teachers of Japanese. The next test will be offered in July 2016.

Ramen Fest – Your participation is necessary

We are approaching our largest fundraiser of the year for Sakura Gakuen, the 4th Annual Ramen Fest on Sunday, November 22! There is A LOT of preparation that goes into this huge event, so we rely on our Sakura Gakuen families to pitch in and make it a success! Dive in… we can use your man/woman/kid power! It’s a fun and delicious event and a great way to meet others in our Sakura Gakuen community!

Below you will find information on the following:

1) Volunteers on Sundays needed for ticket sales, one parent and one responsible student, church announcement on 11/15
2) Ramen tickets passed out to Sakura Gakuen families
3) Volunteer sign-up for shifts including kitchen staff, bake sale, raffle baskets, tea service
4) Leads are needed for bake sale area, tea service, raffle baskets
5) Raffle baskets and bake sale items
1) Volunteers on Sundays needed for ticket sales, one parent and one responsible student, church announcement on 11/15

A good amount of our ticket sales are made from the church’s members, so there is an opportunity to make sales after service on Sundays. A church announcement will be made at the end of the service about the Ramen Fest tickets being on sale. While the children attend Sunday school classes, most parents and members head to the courtyard to socialize. Sometimes there are other church affiliated programs also selling tickets for their events, or there for various sign-ups too. We are in need of some to sell tickets at the church.

Volunteers are needed on the following Sundays, 10:00am – 11:30am.
-November 1 – this Sunday (there is a time change that morning, so you will get that hour of extra sleep!)
-November 8
-November 15 (also see below for student announcement needed)

Volunteers would:
– include one parent and one responsible student
– being present from 10am -11:30am in the church courtyard at selling one of the picnic tables
– be provided with tickets to sell at $7.00 each, a cash box and signs to place up near where you are sitting
– drop off cash box to Sakura Gakuen the following Saturday

Church announcement by a student needed on November 15. At the end of church service, there is a call for announcements for upcoming events. This will include a short announcement letting the sangha/congregation know that there will be ticket sales in the courtyard after service. My son will make the announcements on 11/1 and 11/8, but we are not available on 11/15. This is also an opportunity for students to experience a Buddhist service. Service starts at 9:30am and ends around 10:15am. Service is conducted in English. Please contact me at aileen.niimo@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer.
2) Ramen tickets passed out to Sakura Gakuen families

Each family was given an envelope with the attached flyer and 5 Ramen Fest tickets to be sold at $7.00 each. Please make checks payable to: Sakura Gakuen. Cash also accepted. Sell them to family, friends, co-workers and neighbors! If you need more, we will be happy to provide you with some – please come to the teacher’s/multipurpose room #5 on Saturdays during Sakura Gakuen hours. If you are not able to sell all your tickets, they MUST BE RETURNED. Please do so by Saturday, November 14. If they are not returned, you will be responsible to pay for the tickets. Please return to a PTC member in room #5. If you received more than one envelope per family and not able to sell, please return to room #5.
3) Volunteer sign-up for shifts including kitchen staff, bake sale, raffle baskets, tea service

Thank you to those who have already signed up for shifts for the Ramen Fest! You are awesome! Please consider being a chair for one of the areas of the fest… see #4 below! We are also in need of some responsible teens to help bus tables and serve tea. You should have already signed up for all your volunteer duties for the semester but if you have not, please sign up at Sakura Gakuen in room #5 during Sakura Gakuen hours or e-mail volunteer coordinators Kristi Miller goldenmetis@hotmail.com or Caroline Yamaoka-Stoner caroloonies@gmail.com.
4) Leads are needed for bake sale area, tea service, raffle baskets

We appreciate all the parents and family members eager to help, and we need leads on some of the areas at the Ramen Fest!
– Baked goods
– Tea service / bussing
– Raffle baskets

Our PTC will be happy to explain and support you on these positions! E-mail Kristi or Caroline (e-mails listed on #3 above) if you are interested!
5) Raffle baskets and bake sale items

Ramen Fest raffle baskets containing Japanese items have been very popular the last few years! Raffle tickets for these baskets will be sold at the Ramen Fest for only $1.00 each. The tickets will be drawn towards the end of the event. On the attached flyer (the one passed out with the raffle tickets), it explains that each class will be responsible for a Japanese themed basket. There will be a table with boxes set up in one of the downstairs classrooms this Saturday, 11/7 and 11/14 to collect items. Please be sure to sign your name and the item/s that you bring. If you’d like to provide for other baskets, please do so!

Bake sale items – The baked goods table is another popular stop after (…well, before, during and after!) the bowls of ramen are devoured. Please sign up to bring baked good items. Making Japanese inspired sweet and desserts is a plus! But chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes and other treats are wonderful, too! I’ve attached packaging instructions and some recipes from previous years. If you have a Japanese recipe to share, please feel free to forward to me! Be sure to label the items you bring, especially if there are any that contain allergens; peanuts, dairy, eggs, etc. No items needing refrigeration, please. See attached flyer for baked goods drop-off times.
Thank you all for your continued support. We really have an amazing group of families this school year! If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me or catch me at Sakura Gakuen. Thank you. ありがとうございます。

What is Rajio Taiso (ラジオ体操)?

In the early 1920s, MetLife Insurance sponsored daily 15 minute calisthenics programs to be broadcast over the radio to American audiences in an effort to make them healthier and fitter. It didn’t catch on here in the six cities where it was broadcast, but visiting Japanese officials loved the idea enough to bring it back to Japan. To commemorate the coronation of Emperor Hirohito in 1928, Japanese public radio began daily broadcasts of rajio taiso, or “radio calisthenics.” Every morning Japanese citizens, young and old, would gather to perform a short circuit of dynamic stretches, joint mobility drills, and bodyweight exercises in time to broadcasted piano music.
Participation has dropped off in recent years, but even today about 20% of the Japanese population (and three quarters of elementary school students) still does the daily routine, which has remained unchanged for almost a century. Some companies use it as a way of building morale and a sense of group unity, as well as to raise energy levels and encourage good health. Some local Sacramento companies use this to start off the day with a positive spirit. In Japan you can see older folks practicing in the local koen (park). It is an integral part of Sakura Gakuen’s Undokai (Sport’s Day) event held every October. Youth School families can learn more at the meeting Saturday morning (October 3, 2015) about rajio taiso, undokai and more. Come enjoy tea and snacks while contributing to the success of the school and your students. See more info about the meeting and other important matters at the Parent Portal’s Announcement’s page (log in).

Watch a YouTube video of raijo taiso

October 3rd – Family meeting and reminders

Sakura Gakuen Families!
We will be having a parent/family meeting this coming Saturday, October 3 at about 9:20 am. Refreshments will be served. We really will have tea this time!

At 9:00 am all students will assemble in the courtyard (take your books inside classrooms first) for Rajio Taiso (“radio exercises”) practice. Since the 1920’s, all schools, universities and many companies in Japan have done morning exercises in unison to the same music broadcast over the radio. Students will demonstrate “Rajio Taiso” at Undokai Sports Day, coming up on October 24 from 9-12. Sports Day has also been a tradition in Japan since the 1850’s, but now is celebrated every year to commemorate the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Games and fun contests will be held in the Buddhist Church gymnasium (“kaikan”). This is a family event and we’d like every family to please plan to attend!!! There are a few events for the adults as well.

Also this Saturday is our annual Clean Up Day! We have some volunteers but we sure could use more. If you can stay after the parent/family meeting to help, it would be so wonderful! Once a year, the Church asks each affiliate organization (youth basketball, Boy Scouts, etc) to clean a part of the church. We will be cleaning the Annex building which houses our classrooms. We will also be cleaning classrooms 1-4 in the main church. Students will clean the desks. Adults dust bookshelves, clean chalkboard trays, sweep floors, and generally tidy up. We should also do a quick clean of the bathrooms.

And a final reminder that we are guests at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento. This is a church and please try to follow the rules and treat church members and staff with respect. PLEASE (please please) DO NOT PARK IN ANY OF THE RESERVED PARKING SPACES, EVEN FOR “JUST A MINUTE.” The Church has been generous in letting us use the classrooms and also reserve the kitchen and gymnasium for our special events and fundraisers. They cover our insurance, and utilities. Please do not camp out like we “own the place” because we really don’t! If the Church members are doing construction, try to stay out of the way. Be respectful of older church members who are walking by. Please conduct yourselves with dignity even in the parking lot. We know it gets crowded, but our children are listening to our language and watching our actions. Thank you for your understanding and help to keep the support of the Church which is so important to Sakura Gakuen!!

Your ever-enthusiastic “just call me the Energizer Bunny” PTC President, Linda Kawaguchi LKawaguchi@comcast.net

Mountain Mandarin Festival

November 20 – 22 22nd Mountain Mandarin Festival, Auburn, Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High Street, Friday, November 20: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday November 21: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday November 22: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., $

 22nd Mountain Mandarin Festival

Satsuma Mandarins, Mikan, are a harbinger of winter in Japan. These tasty orbs are incorporated into New Year’s and are a tasty treat to enjoy with tea on a chilly winter day. Come be the first to enjoy the new crop of delicious, foothills-grown Mandarin oranges. Placer County growers will sell thousands of pounds of fresh Mandarin oranges and gift baskets, accompanied by all the free samples you like. Join in the fun with a Mandarin Recipe cooking contest, professional chef demonstrations, food, artisan crafts, and activities featuring the Mandarin orange, a Peel & Eat contest, live music and entertainment.
Who can resist a cake eating contest?

Fire/Emergency Evacuation Drill – September 2015

To All Sakura Gakuen Youth School Families:
This is to notify you that we will be conducting a Fire/Emergency Evacuation Drill at Sakura Gakuen on Saturday, September 26, just after the start of second period, around 10:15 am. The recess bell will ring for about 5 minutes to signal the start of the drill. For those of you with young children who may be disturbed by the noise or confused by the drill, please plan to be available to stay with them at that time. We expect the drill to last about 15 minutes. A link to the new Sakura Gakuen Fire/Emergency Evacuation Procedure Guide can be found on the Parent Portal page as well as here. It includes a map to the OFF CAMPUS location where teachers and PTC (parent teacher committee) officers escort students during the drill and in case of a real emergency. Please review this guide and e-mail me, PTC President, with any questions or concerns.
We understand that a drill can be disruptive to classwork and distracting to students. However, we do take the safety of our students, staff and families very seriously and we want everyone to feel comfortable with the Emergency Plan. Thank you for your cooperation in this important activity.
Linda Sakimura Kawaguchi

I-House’s International Festival in Davis

October 4 4th International Festival in Davis, Davis, Central Park, C Street between 3rd and 5th Streets, Sunday, October 4, noon – 5:00 p.m., FREE

 5th International Festival in Davis

The 5th International Festival celebrates unity in diversity through music, dance, food, arts and craft sales, culture tables, business tables, and nonprofit tables. Everyone is welcome to this free event sponsored by the International House Davis.

10th Annual Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival

October 4 10th Annual Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival, Civic Center Plaza, 1 Library Lane, Millbrae, Sunday, October 4, 10:30 am ~ 4:30 pm, Free

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Please join us for a fun-filled event, comprising good food, including beer and sake, live stage performances, exhibits and demonstrations, hands-on participation in tea ceremony, calligraphy, origami, games and activities for all. Koto, shamisen, taiko, folk songs, shingin (poetry), kyudo (archery), odori (dance) and more make this annual event fun for the entire family. See the full program

Japanese Schools and Ethics Lessons

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 how two Tokyo schools encourage children to feel a sense of obligation to help others.classroom bowing Pupils are asked to work in groups with particular responsibilities, including serving each other lunch and cleaning the school buildings at Suginami Dai Elementary and Koenji Junior High.
The Japanese Ministry of Education wants to encourage children’s individual strengths, yet it’s aware that if there’s too much emphasis on this, young people may no longer feel a strong sense of public duty.

As a result, schools are putting increased emphasis on moral education lessons, with great pressure on teachers to cultivate a sense of morality and citizenship. This school’s role is not just to teach language, but to share culture and learn from each other. Consider how the lessons in Japanese schools can be applied here to our corner of the world. What can we do this week to promote and demonstrate respect and a sense of community?

Obon Festivals Calendar

June-August, 2015 Obon Festival Calendar 2015, Dozens of festivals across the west many are free.     See more info about Obon here

 Obon dancers

Have fun, eat good food, enjoy this unique taste of Japanese culture at one or more festivals this summer. Obon participants gather in rings around a yagura, a central raised platform, and dance to the accompaniment of singing and taiko drums. The folk dances usually tell stories of traditional occupations such as fishing and farming. Everyone is encouraged to join in with the seasoned dancers as they circle around the yagura, often wearing colorful yukata (summer kimono) or happi coats representing various area temples. It doesn’t matter whether you are Buddhist or not, whether you are new to Bon odori or whether you have “two left feet.” The important thing is to leave your ego behind and simply express your joy and gratitude for life through the dance.

11th Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

July 17-19 10th Sacramento Japanese Film Festival, Sacramento, Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, Friday – Sunday, July 17- 19, 2015, 2015 Schedule, $

       2015 schedule is now available

 Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

Immerse yourself in a weekend of select Japanese film. From anime to classic, there is something for every taste. Grab some rice crackers, sit back in the cool theatre and watch great cinema this weekend.

Gedatsu Bazaar

June 27-28 Gedatsu Bazaar, Sacramento, 4016 Happy Lane, Saturday June 27, 11 am – 5 pm; Sunday June 28, 11 am – 4 pm, FREE

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Teriyaki chicken, tempura, sushi, udon, snowcones with adzuki beans, raffle, kid game booths, bake sale, karate, taiko, sword demonstrations, ukuleles, tour of Gedatsu grounds, Japanese folk dance by Sakura Minyo Doo Koo Kai,
, taiko and more. A relaxed atmosphere and fun time for the whole family.

Responding to Web Input

Thank you for your constructive suggestions regarding these pages.
Some of this input has been implemented and some is in progress.

New this year –
more tasty recipes including basic home-style fare
listing of recent posts (found at bottom of right column)
links to relevant events like speech contests
WOTD and more learning resources
increased amount of information on local cultural events
resumed adding descriptions of traditional events in Japan
on-line volunteer sign-ups for PTC families
added a calendar for the teachers
added more PTC event history
and more

The school’s web presence serves three goals:
– outreach and resource for cultural events in the area
– educational and cultural resource
– in-house communication and management tool
We can fulfill these with your assistance, feedback, resources and use.

The site’s success is really based on the efforts of all enrolled, the volunteers, contributors and editors behind the scenes. Your input on the site and particularly input on resources, cultural activities and recipes is invaluable. Thank you to all who have contributed, visited and logged into the website.

Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival

May 29-30 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, Sacramento, Guild Theater, Details pending, May 29-30, $

 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival

Check out the logo. See the lotus root? The lotus is recognized as a symbol of hope and peace. Its root serves as a strong foundation beneath the earth, anchoring the stem to its flowering bud. Similar to a community of artists, singular columns of air work together, breathing life into form. Without a network of healthy channels, a plant cannot survive. Like the impression of images on celluloid film, it is the negative spaces that give meaning and structure to the forms around it. The mission of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival is symbolized in the lotus root, which exists to support the growth and development of the whole.

Pacific Rim Street Fest – Old Sac

May 17 Pacific Rim Street Fest, Sacramento, Old Sac & Downtown Plaza, 1110 Front Street, Sunday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., FREE

Sacramento's Pacific Rim Street Fest

Enjoy music, crafts, art and food reflecting the broad spectrum of Asian Pacific heritage as more than 15 Asian Pacific community groups show case the many positive contributions to the community at large. Try new foods and listen to new music –take this opportunity to share and broaden our awareness and understanding of the diversity of the Sacramento region.

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

April 25 -26 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival 2015, Cupertino, Memorial Park, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25 & 26, 2015, Free

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival 2015

An annual celebration of Japanese culture, with traditional exhibitions, entertainment and food. If you missed or really enjoyed the cherry blossom festival in San Francisco, catch this more intimate event. Watch this video from last year’s festival

Pilgrimage to Manzanar

April 25 Pilgrimage to Manzanar, Manzanar, National Historic Site, west side of U.S. Highway 395, 9 miles north of Lone Pine, California and 6 miles south of Independence 535 N. Fifth Street, April 25, Saturday, $

 Pilgrimage to Manzanar

One Camp, Ten Thousand Lives; One Camp, Ten Thousand Stories. In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. For more info on this national monument see the National Park Service page. Join the generations as they come together for this annual pilgrimage to Manzanar, held on the last Saturday of April at the northwest corner of the former camp site, near the cemetery monument. An educational sharing, Manzanar at Dusk, will be held in the evening. For more information about lodging, activities and the history of the pilgrimage, Executive Order 9066 and the defense of civil rights contact the Manzanar Committee at (323) 662-5102 or info@manzanarcommittee.org. Directions. Check out this electronic field trip or learn more from this NPS overview .

Sac State’s Japan Day

April 12 CSUS’s Japan Day, Sacramento, Sacramento State College, between Library Quad & Eureka Hall, Sunday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free

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Celebrate Japanese language and culture at “\Japan Day”, uniting Japan Club’s annual event J-Night and Family Sunday Funday of the Festival of Art. At 11:00 am the event begins with singing together “Happiness” (by Arashi, J-pop) since this year’s One World theme is “Happiness”. At 11-1pm, a group of Japanese language teachers in the Greater Sacramento Region will lead this year’s event through singing, dancing, crafts, and educational games. See the schedule of events for more details. Then, Sac State Japan Club will host stage performances at 1-4pm. Performers include students from various schools and universities as well as local performers. campus map

Speech Contest – March 18

Continuing the annual tradition – Sakura Gakuen Saturday students will demonstrate their language skills with the Annual Speech Contest.

We encourage every Saturday School family to attend this event even if your student is not competing. This day is an opportunity for our students to show off what they have learned, express themselves, practice public speaking, and inspire other students. This event is a showcase not only for the students, but the great efforts of our teaching staff and you, the dedicated parents of our wonderful students.