School activities include singing and mochitsuki.

GARDENA — The Gardena Valley JCI Japanese Language School, located at 1964 W. 162nd St. in Gardena, will be conducting an open house on Saturday, May 11.

The purpose of the open house is to allow parents and their families the opportunity to observe the classes and ask questions regarding enrollment. The classes are conducted on Saturdays, geared for children ages 5 to 17. Adult classes are also available.

During the school year, students also have the opportunity to experience various Japanese cultural activities, such as New Year’s celebrations, mochitsuki (traditional rice cake pounding), undokai (sports day and picnic event), Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day, and demonstrations of various cultural arts.

Summer school will begin on July 6 and the 2013-14 school year will begin on Saturday, Sept. 7.

For further information, contact the school at or call (310) 324-6611.

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