Welcome to Nakayoshi Gakko!

Dear Nakayoshi Gakko families and friends,

Twenty years ago, a group of dedicated individuals began an endeavor to share Japanese and Japanese American culture with the next generation. Their passion and dedication helped the program flourish and grow. Today, we are a part of a vibrant community that celebrates our past and looks to the future. Our experience opens with morning Taiso exercises and closes with demonstrations in the afternoon. Board members, classroom sensei, specialty teachers, and sempai lead the way in a journey through tradition and history. We are excited to help each child make memories and personal connections to the art and language and stories of the past.

On a final note, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Nakayoshi Gakko for all the support my family has received, esp ecially during the past several years. My mom, the principal for more than a decade, spent the whole year preparing for the two weeks she enjoyed with you. Your positivity and excitement for learning helped her find a home away from home.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you and commemorating this special anniversary!


Joanne Endo

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Friendship School

Nakayoshi Gakko, or "Friendship School" is a two week summer program where children in grades 1 through 8 learn about Japanese culture and tradition. Nakayoshi Gakko provides an opportunity for the children and parents to explore the many aspects of the Japanese-American heritage

Nakayoshi Gakko is a full day program. Morning sessions include art, literature, social studies, and language. Afternoons continue with specialty-subjects. Origami, odori (dance), soroban (abacus), cooking, undokai (P.E.), sumi-e and music have been offered in the past. The Ryu and Tsuru classes have the opportunity to learn taiko and aikido as their specialty subjects. All students enjoy various cultural demonstrations at the end of each day.

We are proud to have a teaching staff of highly skilled and dedicated professionals who are committed to sharing their talents with our children. Nakayoshi Gakko promotes the Japanese concept of mentorship through our Sempais.




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