Register Now for Kokoro no Gakko’s 2021 Virtual Program!

Updated 6/14/2021

Dear Gakko friends and families,

For numerous critical reasons, the Kokoro no Gakko Board of Directors has determined that it will not be feasible to plan for and convene the Gakko program in person this summer due to continued pandemic-related uncertainties. Instead, to help maintain connections to our Gakko community and Japanese-American culture, and to have some fun and learn, we have organized a variety of on-line activities that Gakko students and family members can participate in free-of-charge during our normal Gakko dates (June 21 – July 2, 2021).  We have arranged lessons and interactive programs on taiko, origami, Japanese stories, our favorite Gakko songs, sumi-e, cooking demonstrations, and more, by members of our Gakko community and other available resources.

Please review our 2021 “virtual” class schedule Gakko 2021 class schedule and register for the classes you want to participate in on our registration form.  You will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information for the classes you register for.  Recordings of the classes will be posted to the Kokoro no Gakko Watsonville’s YouTube channel, along with more Kokoro no Gakko-inspired video lessons, stories, and games!  Subscribe here: YouTube channel.

We miss Gakko but are hopeful that together we can create a sense of connection, fun, and learning that will sustain the program and our community at a time when we all so desperately need it! If you have questions or would like to be a part of the Gakko program for 2022, please email

All Gakko 2021 programs are free of charge, but donations are gratefully received! Donate via PayPal.

The Gakko Board of Directors

Kokoro no Gakko – or “School with a Heart” in English – is a 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 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 will open in February for the 2020 summer session. Gakko is available for children who have completed kindergarten through the 6th grade (by June 2020).

School Dates: June 22 through July 2, 2020.
Location: Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge Street, Watsonville.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.