06/20/2023 – 07/07/2023

Daruma no Gakko is co-op based summer program designed for elementary school-aged children to learn about Nikkei heritage through a fun, unique curriculum. Now in our 45th year, Daruma is designed to develop strong, positive self-images and identities through the study of Japanese American history and culture.
Students are engaged through a fun and varied curriculum. The day is packed with activities such as language study, Japanese American history, cooking, papermaking, origami, woodworking, songs and music, and learning the deceptively complex game of go. Students are introduced to traditional arts such as tea ceremony, ikebana (flower arranging), and use of the abacus (soroban).

Each grade-school level class is taught by a dedicated instructor focused on fun enrichment through community engagement. Morning program runs from 9am-12pm and a limited-space afternoon program goes from 12-3:30pm. We also host family community events including a weekend Undokai (Sports Day) picnic and Gakugeikai end-of-program celebration. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Camp FormatDay camp
AgesFor kids entering grades 1st-7th
LocationsEl Cerrito, Albany/Kensington, Emeryville, Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda, Oakland, Richmond/Point Richmond, Berkeley, Piedmont, Walnut Creek/Concord
CategoriesArts, design, and making, Language and culture, Cooking, Music and performing arts

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