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Gigantor under construction, Kobe September 2009

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Thank you for your patience This site is currently being modified. It is nearly complete, so check back soon to learn more about the fall classes for adults and youth. Gigantor TV pilot “Battle at the Bottom of the World” 1965

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

2016 Fall Monday Adult Classes

Monday Classes for Adults All classes are designed to fit the needs of busy adults like you 2016 FALL SEMESTER:  Orientation and registration in person is   Monday, August 29, 2016  at 6:00 pm for all classes.   Early registration due June 27, 2016 to get $10 off!  See "Registration" below.   contact Mrs. Thomas The […]


Saturday Class Activity Calender Spring 2016

The calendar for spring semester is now available. PTC (parent) meetings, culture days, spring field trip, promotion and more can … [Read More...]

Monday Classes Potluck - January 2015

Monday Classes Potluck – January 25

Congratulations on a successful fall semester of Japanese. Celebrate your accomplishments Monday evening, starting at 6:00 pm at … [Read More...]

Oshōgatsu Potluck & Mochitsuki – January 9

お正月 の もちつき! Join us for Sakura Gakuen’s 2016 Oshōgatsu / New Year’s Potluck this Saturday, January 9. All youth and kinder … [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


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 […]

Roppongi Hills illumination 2014

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 […]