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  • Kokoro no Gakko 2023!

    Updated 6/3/2023

    Kokoro no Gakko – or “School with a Heart” in English – is a one- to two-week summer program dedicated to the culture and arts of Japan and founded to pass on an understanding of Japanese American culture. Children between kindergarten and 6th grade learn traditional Japanese customs and practices through hands-on activities, including bonsai, ikebana, origami, calligraphy, cooking, language arts, singing, and much more. The program typically closes with an Open House showcasing the cultural skills acquired by the students, a raffle, and potluck dinner. Gakko is held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple and is a parent-cooperative venture, thriving on the support from all the children’s families and the generosity of the classroom and resource-specific senseis.

    Registration for the 2023 summer session is closed! Note: There is still room in the Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes. If you would like to register a student for one of those grades please email

    Dates: June 26 – June 30, 2023, 9 AM – 3 PM

    Enrollment: Students who have completed kindergarten through 6th grades

    Tuition: $350 per student if registration and payment is received by April 14, 2023 or $400 thereafter.