Let’s Learn Japanese – Evening Adult Program

Spring Semester Registration

Spring Semester – January 23, 2023 – May22, 2023

If you know some Japanese, you can join an on -going class anytime.  Please see textbook section to figure out your class level.   

 Click Here to Register Online

You must pay your tuition to secure your place.

1. After registering online, mail your tuition check payable to “Sakura Gakuen”.  Please write “Adult Class” on memo line.  Write your name on the check, if it is not on the check. (For example, your parent is paying for you.)   Do not send cash.   We are not responsible for slow delivery, or a lost mail.

   One semester class is $220.  BCS member’s tuition is $150 per semester class. (Tuition does not include textbook, and you must have one.)   Priced will change after 12/31/2022.

2. Mail (United State Postal Service) tuition check to following address.  We do not accept payment at Buddhist church.

Sakura Gakuen  Adult Class
C/o North American Food Dist. Co. Inc.
3969 Industrial Blvd.
West Sacramento, Ca. 95691
We will notify you when we receive your tuition, and the student guidelines will be sent to you.
We will send you Zoom class information after we receive your agreement signature.
View more information on our Adult Class Program. 

If you have any questions or request for a class, please contact Mrs. Thomas by email

Adult Tuition (2022-2023 School Year)

Tuition per Semester class (Add late fee after 12/31/22)


Tuition for members of Buddhist Church of Sacramento

Tuition does not include textbook. See textbook chart.  Tuition check must be received by mail on Monday two weeks before the first day of class in order to have your check processed, and to get Zoom information before the first class starts.   We recommend you send a bank check for late registration.

Returned check fee
Late payment fee after 12/31/22.
Class observation fee – Contact Adult Class Dean first.  We recommend you send a Bank check, so you can observe the class right after we receive your payment.   Class observation is available for classes that have openings.  If the class is full, students may observe for future registration for the next term. If you decide to take the class, it will be applied toward your tuition for the current semester, or the one immediately following. Please hold on to the original receipt, or email notice. $20.00

* 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 Kanji classes.


*Tomodachi discount deal: Recommend our school to your family and friends and get $10 back!  When your friend/family member registers and pays as a new student to Sakura Gakuen Adult or Youth program, you will get $10 back.   If you introduce us to two new students, you will get $20, and so on.

Monday Adult Classes – Spring 2023

Begin/Continue Learning Japanese Online

Now is the good time to start.  You can attend our class from anywhere, virtually/  Here are the requirements:

  • You must have a computer/digital device with internet connection. 
  • You must access to class by both video and audio to have interaction with the teacher and classmates face to face virtually. 

Registration for Spring semester is now open via our convenient Online Form and mail tuition.  Please check Adult Class section for mailing direction for tuition payment.

Learn more about our Monday classes


UPDATE: Classes and events for the remainder of the Spring Semester through June 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
The Buddhist Church of Sacramento’s Obon (July 2020) and Bazaar (August 2020) are also cancelled. The church will be closed until further notice. 

Message from Nari Igawa, Board President:

Classes for the remainder of March are cancelled / suspended.
Please note: classes and events at Sakura Gakuen / Buddhist Church of Sacramento for the remainder of the month of March have been suspended / cancelled.  Youth classes on Saturday and Adult classes on Monday are both affected.  This includes any other events that were scheduled to be held at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento including, but not limited to: Sakura Matsuri Food and Vendor Bazaar (03/15/20) as well as the Youth Speech Contest (03/28/20.)  Classes are currently scheduled to resume on: Youth Classes (04/04/20 – SAT) and Adult Classes (04/06/20 – MON) and we are exploring what steps may be taking to ensure students have access to quality Japanese education to make up during this absence.
What should I do?
Please feel free to stay home and in addition to practicing good hygiene and safety guidelines, study Japanese.  Teachers should be reaching out with assignments that may be covered at home during the break.  The Sakura Gakuen School Board and PTC will work with the Deans of our programs to explore different options to make up classes, i.e. conference calls, make up classes, etc.  This is a new situation for us, so we likely will be trying new avenues to ensure our students can continue studying with our support.
Why was this decision made?
In response to the recent increase of COVID-19 exposure in the Western United States, as well as general advisory statements made by our government officials, the Buddhist Church of Sacramento Executive Council has made the decision that to best serve the members of the Temple and its affiliated and sponsored organizations, the extraordinary step of closing down the Temple in March would be best.  The announcement letter from the BCS (Buddhist Church of Sacramento) President Stuart Ito is attached for your review.
How do I keep up to date on what’s going on at Sakura Gakuen?
In addition to email contact, we will be updating our two respective Facebook pages — Sakura Gakuen Japanese Language School and Sakura Gakuen Adult Classes — as well as our webpage as information becomes available.
Additionally, Youth Class families can join the Sakura Gakuen Families page to help share study ideas.
We will continue to try to make sure everyone is up-to-date.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to either email (neigawa.sakuragakuen@gmail.com) or call (916-749-8131) the current school president Nari Igawa.
Thanks for your understanding with this.  Encourage your students to keep studying, keep washing their hands, and staying healthy — we’ll see you back in class soon.
Best wishes.
— Nari Igawa

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.

Why Learn Japanese

Enjoy this new presentation on the many benefits of learning Japanese, courtesy of the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles. See links to other learning resources.

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