About San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen

San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen (Japanese School) is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the Japanese language and culture to students in grades K-12 .


Established in 1919, we will soon be celebrating our 100th anniversary.


About Our Students

Our students (currently about 170) come from various backgrounds -- from families that are fluent in Japanese to those wanting to learn Japanese for the first time.


About Our Classes

Classes are formed based on the students’ level and age group, and instructors tailor their teaching plan to each class.  


Session Saturdays in September to June
Class Times

Students assigned to A class:      8:20 am ~ 10:10 am

Students assigned to B class:    10:25 am ~ 12:15 pm


(Students are placed in either A or B class based on level and age group)

# of Classes: 16 classes ranging from beginning to advanced
# of Students/Class: up to 12 students in younger classes; up to 14 students in older classes


In addition to teaching the Japanese language, a variety of cultural activities such as Kakizome (New Year’s Calligraphy), Hinamatsuri (Japanese Doll Festival) and Children’s Day are incorporated into the curriculum to create an enjoyable learning experience. Our annual ‘Big 3’ events include a picnic-undoukai at a nearby park, a stage presentation by each of the classes, and our completion/graduation ceremony. Instructors also support students in their participation in outside events such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Tests and speech contests.


San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen continues to flourish as a result of three driving forces that successfully support one another – the strong backing of the Board of Directors which oversees and guides our school, devoted parent volunteers who prepare and assist with school events, and our dedicated faculty who love to teach.


San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization

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Thank you to our donors for their generosity! 

DiAngi Taylor Family

Grandparents Mr. & Mrs.
Sam Shigeshi Fukudome

Hamada Family
(and corporate match)

Hoshino/Machlis Family
(and corporate match)

J&E Restaurant Supply
Mr. Jose Lorenzo
on behalf of Jeremy Raffai

Dr. Yoko Kuramoto
Contemporary Dental

Barbara Patterson
on behalf of Kato Family
(and corporate match)

Shinozaki Automotive

Suzuki Family

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