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Last Updated: May 13, 2014

The Consul General Masato Watanabe visited our campus on May 12, 2014. Event Info.

Japan Day (Sunday, April 13, 2014) was very successful. Please visit the details of this event.
Japan Day HP (, and my thank-you note (

Overview of Japanese Language Education

  • Hello! This page introduces the teaching and learning of Japanese language at the secondary school level in the Greater Sacramento.

  • 2012 - More students are currently taking Japanese!

    sacramento Japanese language overview

  • 10 years ago - 2003 - More than 1200 high school students are studying Japanese! Please open this Power Point presentation (2003).

  • History of Japanese Language Education - My original survey paper on Japanese language education from the late 19th century to present (2002).

Japanese language Programs in the Greater Sacramento Region

Japanese for young children: I received a lot of inquiries - hope that this helps you.

  • Port of Sacramento Japanese Saturday School (hoshuukoo) is a school for native speakers who will return to Japan. There are many students who speak Japanese as a second/foreign language, but to go to this school, students should be able to speak Japanese close to native speaker level. Hayashigatani sensei (a retired CSUS professor) is a principal for this school.

  • Sakura Gakuen offers Japanese Language classes for the 1st through 12th graders on Saturdays at Sacramento Buddhist Church. Adult classes are held on Monday nights.

  • Jan Ken Pon : is a parent cooperative program that educates children and their families about Japanese-American culture through exploration in language, music, arts and cooking

  • Churchill Middle School - one of a few middle schools which offer Japanese program. If a student takes Japanese I and/or II and earns B average, the student will be given high school foreign language credits. For more information, talk to Kumagai sensei. Smedberg Middle School students can also study Japanese at Sheldon High School.

List of Schools and Colleges that Offer Japanese Languages
36 Japanese Language Programs in the Great Sacramento Region, Jan 2012

K-12 Level - 25 programs

  • Port of Sacramento
  • Sakura Gakuen
  • Jan Ken Pon

  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • C.K. McClatchy High School
  • Rosemont High School

San Joan School District

  • Winston Churchill Middle School
  • Bella Vista High School
  • Mira Loma High School

Elk Grove

  • Smedberg Middle School
  • Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Elk Grove High School
  • Florin High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Laguna High School
  • Monterey Trail High School
  • Sheldon High School
  • Pleasant Grove High School


  • Granite Bay High School

El Dorado Hills

  • Oak Ridge High School


  • Davis Senior High School


  • Tokay High School         
  • Stockton High School
  • Lincoln High School


  • Pleasant Valley High School

Colleges Level - 6 programs

  • American River College
  • Butte College
  • Sacramento City College
  • Sierra College
  • Shasta College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
University - 5 programs
  • CSU, Chico
  • CSU, Sacramento
  • CSU, Stanislaus
  • CSU, Fresno
  • UC Davis

Articulation Efforts

Please go to Articulation Efforts page.


Advocacy Activities at Sacramento State

• A big "Japan Day" as a part of a large university event (Spring 2014)

• Japanese language project with visiting students from the University of Shizuoka (Spring 2014)

- MOU with the University of Shizuoka in FAll 2013 Click HERE and A Photo

- Visited Wakamatsu Colony together

- Student joint projects

• Skype sessions with students in Ehime University (Fall 2013)

Newspaper article on a Skype session on November 14, 2013 (click HERE)

• Award Ceremony (Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese-Language Courses)

Facebook Link (Click HERE)


Yearly Activities

• Keep smiling project 38

- Being interviewed about the project. Click HERE.



Useful Link

For teachers,

Sacramento County Office of Education (Target: Educators in the Greater Sacramento). SCOE plays a leadership role in the delivery of quality education to the students in Sacramento County. Whether it's a professional development activity, Web sites for educators, or information for families and our community, we're sure that you will find it all at SCOE. Check the Educator sections - there are a full of professional development opportunities.

The California Language Teachers Association (Target: foreign language educators)
The California Language Teachers Association is an association of language professionals which sponsors activities that promote, support, and enhance the teaching of world languages.

American Association of Teachers of Japanese
(Target: Japanese language educators)
The AATJ is an international, non-profit, non-political organization of scholars, teachers, and students of Japanese language, literature, and linguistics, which works to promote academic work in the field and to broaden and deepen knowledge and appreciation of Japan and its culture. The AATJ web page has important conference/meeting announcements, job information, discussion (e.g. textbooks), list of Japanese language teachers' organizations, & various important links.

Japan Foundation Los Angeles (Target: Japanese language educators). The Japan Foundation Los Angeles Language Center provides comprehensive assistance throughout the United States for Japanese language education, especially intended for teachers of the Japanese language at the pre-collegiate levels.

California Association of Japanese Language Teachers (Target: K-12 California Japanese language educators) A major organization for Japanese language teachers at the k-12 level. Teacher grants, newsletters, and teaching resources.

California Capital World Language Project

The California World Language Project (CWLP) is a collaborative, statewide network that sponsors year-round professional development programs for World Language educators intended to strengthen the teaching of languages and cultures in California. Capital World Language Project is located at Sacramento State. K-12 foreign language teachers teach these workshops.


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