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Boy’s Day🎏

In Japan, May 5th is “Kodomo no hi” (Children’s Day).


It is also known as “Boy’s Day” in Hawaii


and some families celebrate “Tango-no-sekku” which is 


the traditional annual event to wish for the healthy growth of boys.



We display “Koinobori”(the fabric carp-shaped wind sock streamers) at our entrance.


Koinobori shows in the hope that young boys will be successful in society.



It is a beautiful day today and Koinobori is flowing very comfortably.


CPR Training

At Sakura House, all staff are required to obtain the CPR(Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) license.


We had an instructor for the lecture,

and we learned current CPR matters as well as skill training(CPR, how to use AED and how to help someone who is choking).


During the training, we thought of the emergency situations and learned practical skills.





10th Anniversary

We are very glad to announce that on March 16th 2019,


we were able to have a 10th anniversary.


To celebrate our anniversary, we held a special event at Sakura House.



First of all, we had a special game!


The game was to fold a Sakura House T-shirt and decorate a board with “10” signs.

The game was a relay race so everyone was doing so fast!! 



Looked like everyone often does fold laundry at home


because they fold very quickly and neatly!


The signs of “10” were being decorated gradually and


the 2 teams completed almost at the same time!


We could make a wonderful board together🌸



The next activity was a cooking!!


To celebrate the 10th anniversary,


we made Kouhaku manjyu(red and white Japanese steamed cake) this year.


Everyone really focused on making during the cooking time.




Until the manjyu was steamed, we had nice lunch and afternoon exercise.



After that, we had a photo slide show and


looked back at our memories such as our beginnings and last year’s memories.




There was a participant on that day who have come to Sakura House since our opening which is March 16th 2009.


She has come to Sakura House for 10 years now…


It is really amazing and we even did not know what to say,


but when all the participants knew it, they just started applauding!! 


We hope she continues to come to Sakura House for many years to come!!



After the slide show, it is a Manjyu time!!


Everyone had been waiting for the manjyu steamed since they made.


Look at their happy faces!!



Their smiles also gave us happy feeling.



The activity still went on…


The last of activity of the day was….




At Sakura House, we have a bingo time every Friday, but this day was so special!


We got better prizes than usual for our special event!


Everyone was staring at their cards to find the numbers.


And some of them got a bingo and won prizes!!!




And finally….




One participant won the biggest prize!!!!



It is the 10th anniversary,



It is a very very special event for Sakura House



so it is a very very special prize 






which is….







She got the biggest smile of the day when she won the prize.



And when the family member knew her prize, they were also happy 


and decided to go to her favorite restaurant!!



At the end of the special day,


we took everyone’s pictures in front of the board!


We received many congratulations from the participants and their family members when they were leaving. 


It truly became the special day for us.



For all the participants who have come to Sakura House now,


we continue to do our best to bring lots more smiles!



Also I would like to appreciate Sakura House staff 


for having had provided safe environments


and many smiles for 10 years!



With so many supports from everyone,


Sakura House continues to get more community-based,


and dedicates ourselves to the community


and seniors who live in Hawaii!


Sakura House Director

Yuya Matsuoka

Have a Happy New Year!!

We received so many greeting cards!!


Thank you so much for supporting Sakura House.


With everyone’s great help, we were able to bring a lot of smiles to our seniors this year.



We wish you a year filled with peace, good health, happiness and smiles.


Nursing Care Robots (Communication Robots) Research

A graduate student from Japan came to Sakura House to do research on nursing care robots.


We were thinking the robots are big and very machine-made,


but actually they were very cute animal robots.



When they saw the robots,


they started to touch, stroke their body and tried to get an attention by imitating their sounds.


Everyone enjoyed communicating with the robots and seemed to be very happy.



We will be honored if we could dedicate ourselves to the development of nursing care robots.

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