Experienced Japanese Teachers

Nihongo-Pro teachers are professional, experienced Japanese teachers, many with experience teaching Japanese in an online classroom as well as traditional classrooms. With teachers located around the world, there is sure to be a Nihongo-Pro teacher that matches your Japanese language level, desired lesson time, and learning style.

All Nihongo-Pro teachers are professionally trained Japanese teachers, and many are experienced in teaching online Japanese lessons.

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Shunya NAGAO
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N4 N5
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Takako KATANO
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N3 N4 N5
 
Masahiro ARAI
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
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Yuko ARAKI
Trial Lesson at no charge!
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Yutaka ASO
Trial Lesson at no charge!
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Nami HAYASHI
Trial Lesson at no charge!
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N3 N4 N5
 
Akiko ISSHIKI
Trial Lesson at no charge!
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Mamiko KAWAMURA
Trial Lesson at no charge!
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N3 N4 N5
 
Michiko LILLY
Trial Lesson at no charge!
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Mai MIMURA
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT
 
Sumiko NAGATA
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Fusayo NAGATOMI
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Machiko NAKAMURA
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Aki OGIHARA
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N3 N4 N5
 
Chigusa SHIMIZU
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Kyoko TANOSHIMA
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Hiroko YAMAFUJI
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
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Yukiko ASAI
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2
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Mitsuo ISHII
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Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
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Success in learning Japanese starts with a great teacher.

Nihongo-Pro teachers offer unsurpassed quality in online Japanese lessons. You can learn Japanese online from native-level speakers with professional Japanese teaching experience and credentials.

Nihongo-Pro teachers provide private Japanese lessons built just for you in our online Japanese classroom. No other online Japanese school can match our value with better teachers, better lessons, better classrooms, and better policies.

Our careful teacher selection and paid teacher training ensure your Nihongo-Pro teacher is expertly prepared for your lessons. Our teachers participate in continuing teacher education activities, such as workshops and simulated lessons, to ensure the highest possible quality of Japanese instruction.

Our teachers are committed to your success as you learn Japanese online.

Shunya NAGAO

長尾 俊哉
  • Lives in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration from Kobe University
  • M.A. in esoteric Buddhism from Koyasan University
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at KEC Japanese Academy
  • Japanese teaching experience includes:
    • Taught Japanese at a Bangkok Japanese language school (2004 to 2005)
    • Taught Japanese at a national university in Bangkok (2006 to 2008)
    • Teaches Japanese at a public high school in Bangkok (2008 to present)
    • Also has experience teaching private Japanese lessons
  • Enjoys driving, reading, and fitness
Nagao-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including JLPT N4 and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Nagao-sensei strives to make all lessons, from introductory to advanced, enjoyable for his students. At the introductory and beginner levels, it is the delight in understanding and being understood in Japanese; intermediate students will enjoy progressing to the level where they can talk about all kinds of things using only Japanese; and advanced learners will appreciate the richness and depth of the Japanese language.
  • If you are connecting with Japanese friends via LINE or other social networking, Nagao-sensei would be delighted to teach you some useful phrases.
  • Nagao-sensei is also skilled at reviewing/correcting your essays or speeches.
  • As a native of Japan's Kansai area, he welcomes students who have an interest in kansaiben (the Kansai area's dialect) as well!
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English or Thai as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 48 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Nagao-sensei's Private Lessons
Nagao-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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Takako KATANO

片野 崇子
  • Lives in France
  • Completed the Japanese language teacher training course of study at the Tokyo Foreign Language College
  • Japanese teaching experience includes:
    • Volunteered as a Japanese teacher in Chiba prefecture (2009)
    • Taught private Japanese lessons in Tokyo (2010)
    • Taught at a Japanese language school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2011 to 2013)
  • Enjoys sewing, puzzles such as suduoku and picture logic, singing, and stamp collecting
Katano-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the introductory, beginner, and intermediate levels, including JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Katano-sensei provides flexible private lessons to fit your learning goals. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • She uses the direct method, with instruction and explanation in Japanese as much as possible.
  • If you like, Katano-sensei will assign homework and provide a periodic progress report.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English or French as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Katano-sensei's Private Lessons
Katano-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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4:00 - 4:50 pm
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Masahiro ARAI

新井 正博
  • Lives in Toronto, Canada
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Law, Faculty of Law at Toyo University
  • Master of Fine Arts, Graduate School at the University of New Orleans
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Takushoku University
  • Active as an artist and lithographer, with works included in collections at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Georgetown University libraries, the Sprint Corporation, and others
  • Designed the cover and illustrations for Michiru Hano's Japanese Colloquialisms in the Kansai Dialect of the Osaka Region
  • Assistant instructor for a Japanese language course at the University of New Orleans
  • Several years' experience as English instructor and drawing instructor
  • Enjoys performing various wind instruments, including the shakuhachi, shinobue, flute, tin whistle, and clarinet
Arai-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the introductory, beginner, and intermediate levels
  • Arai-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • The spoken language is emphasized in Arai-sensei's lessons—he strives for an enjoyable lesson speaking with you in Japanese.
  • Arai-sensei welcomes email from students. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to write him.
  • He especially appreciates questions or interest from students regarding:
    • Japanese literature from 1900 to 1980 (the late Meiji era to the early 50s of the Shōwa era)
    • Japan television programs, manga, and culture from the 1960 to 1980 (30s to 50s of the Shōwa era)
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Arai-sensei's Private Lessons
Arai-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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10:00 - 10:50 am
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Yuko ARAKI

荒木 裕子
  • Lives in Japan (previously lived in Honolulu, Japan)
  • Graduated from Hiroshima University, Faculty of Education, Program in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language
  • Certified as a Japanese instructor, having passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
  • Certified as junior-high and high-school teacher of Japanese (as a native language)
  • Japanese teaching experience spans over 17 years, including:
    • Japanese language teacher at Hiroshima area Japanese language schools
    • Teaching Japanese to businesspersons at an international school
    • Teaching Japanese to English language teachers on behalf of the Hiroshima Board of Education
    • Japanese language instruction in Honolulu
  • Enjoys traveling abroad, visiting onsen (Japanese hot springs), tabearuki (going from one restaurant to another, sampling various foods), watching anime and drama programs, reading (loves manga!), and karaoke
Araki-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at all skill levels (introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced), including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Araki-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Experienced in the following types of lessons:
    • Living in Japan: Speaking with Japanese friends, language for everyday life in Japan
    • Business Japanese: Working in Japan or for a Japanese company
    • Survival Japanese: Essential Japanese to learn before a trip to Japan or study abroad in Japan
    • Lessons based on manga and anime
    • Japanese used by young people
    • Japanese used on the Internet
    • Writing emails
    • Writing essays or other short compositions
    • Preparing for the JLPT test
    • Preparing for the J.TEST: Test of Practical Japanese
    • Something else? Araki-sensei builds a lesson plan to fit your goals and interests.
  • Offers lessons in Japanese only, English only, or a mixture of English and Japanese. (At the intermediate level and above, Araki-sensei uses Japanese only as much as possible.)
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Araki-sensei's Private Lessons
Araki-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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Yutaka ASO

阿蘇 豊
  • Lives in Japan
  • Graduated from School of Humanities, Wako University
  • Master's degree from J.F. Oberlin University, Graduate School of International Studies, in Japanese Language Education
  • Certified as a Japanese instructor, having passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
  • Decades of experience teaching Japanese, including:
    • Lead teacher at a Taiwan-based branch of Japanese Language School of the Tokyo Foreign Language Academy (TGN) (1984-1986)
    • Lead teacher at TGN Academy (1986-2005)
    • Directed Japanese language course for foreign-exchange students at the Gateway to Japan, University of Malaya, Malaysia (2005-2008)
    • Directed an intensive Japanese course at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HEDSPI) in Hanoi, Vietnam (2008-2010)
    • Vice principal and lead teacher at the Kaizen Yoshida School in Hochimin City, Vietnam (2011-2012)
  • Enjoys tennis, books, poetry, nature, movies, and good food
Aso-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Aso-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Remarks from Aso-sensei on his teaching style:
    • “There are no written letters in actual conversation, only sounds. In order to help you learn to speak Japanese through listening, my lessons include a lot of pronunciation practice.”
    • “Think of my classroom, not as a place where I teach you, but as a place where you and I practice Japanese together.”
    • “I am easy-going and upbeat. I’m looking forward to having lessons with you.”
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Reservation deadline: 12 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Aso-sensei's Private Lessons
Aso-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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Nami HAYASHI

林 奈美
  • Lives in Belgium
  • Graduated from Meiji Gakuin University with a major in French literature
  • Spent a year in Lyon, France, as a foreign exchange student during her university studies
  • Completed a foreign exchange program in Sydney, Australia
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (Arc Academy)
  • Taught private Japanese lessons to French-speaking students, focused on Japanese grammar, essay correction, and free Japanese conversation (2 years)
  • Enjoys languages, travel, reading, Japanese sake, movies and TV dramas, and balloon art decoration
Hayashi-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at introductory, beginner, and intermediate levels, including JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5
  • Hayashi-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Hayashi-sensei strives to provide effective, one-on-one personalized online Japanese lessons, using textbooks and other content interesting to her students.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English or French as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Hayashi-sensei's Private Lessons
Hayashi-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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Akiko ISSHIKI

一色 秋子
  • Lives in Japan
  • Master's degree in linguistics with an emphasis in Japanese language education from Tohoku University, Faculty of Arts and Letters
  • Japanese teaching experience includes:
    • Taught at a Japanese language school in Sendai (2004 to 2005 and 2006 to 2010)
    • Japanese teaching assistant at the Japan Foundation in Uzbekistan (2005 to 2006)
    • Provided training for Japanese language teachers who taught Japanese to technical trainees in Kanagawa prefecture (2010 to 2015)
    • Teaches at a Japanese language school in Yokohama (2017 to present)
    • Teaches on a volunteer basis private and group lessons at a Yokohama area school (2013 to present)
  • Enjoys walking, art, and creative projects with kids
Isshiki-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the beginner and intermediate levels, including JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Isshiki-sensei provides private lessons to fit your learning goals. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • She uses the direct method, with instruction and explanation in Japanese; however, depending on your needs, she can offer simple explanations in English as well.
  • Isshiki-sensei says, “I think learning Japanese is one tool a student can use to realize his or her own potential. Through learning about Japan and its language, I strive to help you achieve the things you want.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Isshiki-sensei's Private Lessons
Isshiki-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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12:00 - 12:50 am
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Mamiko KAWAMURA

河村 麻実子
  • Lives in Japan
  • Graduated from Japan Women's University, Faculty of Home Economics, Department of Food and Nutrition
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • Certified as a Japanese instructor, having passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
  • Wide-ranging Japanese teaching experience, including:
    • Worked as a volunteer Japanese teacher in New Zealand
    • Worked as a Japanese teacher at a Japanese language school in Fukuoka prefecture
    • Taught Japanese to international students at a Fukuoka-based organization
    • Taught online Japanese classes at an online Japanese school
  • Enjoys travel, language study, reading, and walking
Kawamura-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the introductory, beginner, and intermediate levels, including JLPT N5, JLPT N4, and JLPT N3
  • Kawamura-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Kawamura-sensei's Private Lessons
Kawamura-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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8:00 - 8:50 pm
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Michiko LILLY

リリー 美千子
  • Lives in Minnesota, U.S. (previously lived in Mississippi, California, Japan)
  • Graduated from Kokugakuin University, Department of Literature, Japanese Literature Course (graduation thesis was on the well-known Japanese poet Nakahara Chuuya
  • Completed the course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, NAFL Institute correspondence course
  • Certified as junior-high and high-school teacher of Japanese (as a native language) and as a librarian teacher
  • Diverse educational experience, including:
    • Taught online Japanese lessons at a Japan-based online Japanese school (2009-2010)
    • Taught at the North Mississippi Japanese Language Supplementary School (2008-2009)
    • Served as librarian teacher at the Schurr High School, California (2003-2007)
  • Starting with her work as a DJ during college, Lilly-sensei has held positions related to words and language, including a broadcast writer, copywriter, editor, and Japanese translator. The more she has worked in the field, the more she has been drawn to the Japanese language in particular. Through her online Japanese lessons, Lilly-sensei strives to share that fascination with her students.
Lilly-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at all skill levels (introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced), including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Specializes in a variety of private lessons, including:
    • Japanese literature
    • Assisting students in preparing academic papers
    • Assisting students in Japanese translation and interpretation
    • Business Japanese
    • Writing Japanese essays and other compositions
    • Japanese cooking, culture, and more
  • Lilly-sensei welcomes students of any age, from the youngest to the oldest.
  • Lilly-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Follow-up email after each lesson for your study and review
  • Monthly progress report emailed to you
  • Lilly-sensei loves to exchange emails with her students!
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Lilly-sensei's Private Lessons
Lilly-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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Lilly-sensei is not currently accepting new students for private lessons.

Mai MIMURA

三村 麻衣
  • Lives in Guam
  • Graduated from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, School of Foreign Languages, Department of Japanese Language
  • Graduate degree from Himeji Dokkyo University, Language Education with a specialization in Japanese
  • Taught Japanese at the Salvador Japanese Language School in Brazil (2 years)
  • Taught at a Japanese language supplementary school in Guam (3 years)
  • Enjoys the culture, foods, and history of various countries, with a particular fondness for the music and movies of Brazil, where Mimura-sensei previously lived. Now residing in Guam, she enjoys trying her hand at Guam cooking.
Mimura-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at all skill levels (introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
  • Mimura-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English or Portuguese as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 48 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Mimura-sensei's Private Lessons
Mimura-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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Mimura-sensei is not currently accepting new students for private lessons.

Sumiko NAGATA

永田 澄子
  • Lives in Sydney, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts in English from the Foreign Language Department of Sophia University
  • Graduate diploma in Language Teacher from the University of Technology Sydney
  • Master of Education from the University of Technology Sydney
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Arc Academy, Tokyo
  • Completed language education coursework at SOAS University of London
  • Passed the Japanese Language Teacher Proficiency Test
  • Certified as a instructor for crafting kimekomi wooden dolls
  • Participated in a cultural exchange to Alabama, U.S.
  • Japanese teaching experience to a variety of Japanese learners, including:
    • Volunteered Japanese teaching for Yokohama City, Japan (2000)
    • Taught at a Japanese language school to persons stationed in Japan and their families (2002-2004)
    • Taught Japanese at Berlitz Sydney to business travelers and other adults (2005)
    • Employed as a Japanese language instructor at an Australian public high school (2006-2009)
    • Taught at a Japanese language school and comunity school in Sydney (2010)
  • Enjoys cultivating succulent plants, Russian cooking, theater, Japanese dramas on DVD, and DIY
Nagata-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at all skill levels (introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced), including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Nagata-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Nagata-sensei builds a lesson curriculum customized just for you, based on your goals and learning style. She searches for the lesson materials and teaching style to fit you best.
  • Nagata-sensei is happy to offer counseling before or during lessons. She is able to teach completely in Japanese, completely in English, or in a mixture of the two, depending on your needs and preferences.
  • Specializes in a wide range of lesson topics, including:
    • Current affairs in Japan
    • Japanese language for daily life
    • Business Japanese
    • Travel Japanese
    • JLPT
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 48 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Nagata-sensei's Private Lessons
Nagata-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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Fusayo NAGATOMI

永富 房代
  • Lives in Japan
  • Graduated from Kyorin University, School of Foreign Language, Department of Japanese Language
  • Graduated from Aoyamagakuin Junior College, Department of English Language
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Human Academy
  • Passed the Japanese Language Teacher Proficiency Test
  • Over 10 years' experience teaching Japanese, including:
    • Taught Japanese at Nanjing Language School in China (1997-1998)
    • Taught Japanese at the Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Maryland, U.S. (1999-2000)
    • Taught Japanese at a Tokyo-area Japanese language school (2000-2004)
    • Currently teaches Japanese at a Japanese language school in Chiba (2008 to present)
  • Enjoys talking with people from different cultures, girl scout activities, languages, movies and TV dramas, yoga, ice skating, and karaoke
Nagatomi-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at all skill levels (introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced), including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Nagatomi-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Follow-up email after each lesson for your study and review
  • Nagatomi-sensei welcomes email from her students
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English or Chinese as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Nagatomi-sensei's Private Lessons
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Machiko NAKAMURA

中村 真智子
  • Lives in Japan
  • Six years' experience teaching Japanese at a Tokyo area Japanese language school
  • Certified as junior-high and high-school teacher of Japanese (as a native language) and librarian teacher
  • Holds certification as a museum curator, psychologist, and supporter of special needs education
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Human Academy
  • Passed the Japanese Language Teacher Proficiency Test
  • Enjoys reading (history, psychology, essays, etc.), movies (horror, mystery, and action), tennis, swimming, archery, ceramics, karaoke, and travel
Nakamura-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Nakamura-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Nakamura-sensei's Private Lessons
Nakamura-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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12:00 - 12:50 am
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Aki OGIHARA

荻原 あき
  • Lives in California, U.S.
  • Bachelor's degree in Japanese language education from the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo
  • Japanese teaching experience includes:
    • Taught Japanese at a university and Japanese society located in Chile (2009 to 2014)
    • Taught private Japanese lessons (2000 to present)
  • Enjoys travel, playing the piano, and working out. Recent interests include playing beach volleyball and watching foreign dramas. (Ogihara-sensei adds, “I hope the latter helps me with language learning...”)
Ogihara-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the introductory, beginner, and intermediate levels, including JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Ogihara-sensei provides private lessons to fit your goals. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • In addition to comprehensive Japanese lessons, Ogihara-sensei can provide lessons focused on business Japanese, keigo (Japanese honorific language), travel Japanese, and other topics. She can also include information you want to learn before traveling to or relocating to Japan.
  • Lessons can be conducted in Japanese only, or in English or Spanish only, according to your preference.
  • Following each lesson, Ogihara-sensei emails a summary of the lesson for your study and review.
  • Homework is available if desired.
  • Periodic progress reports are available if desired.
  • Ogihara-sensei says of herself: “I am always looking to challenge myself to learn something new. The latest is jazz piano, which I started learning a year ago. I've been close to giving up several times already, but each time I set an easy, near-term goal and keep working at it. I hope that approach helps me—even if just a little—relate to my students and their points of view.”
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English or Spanish as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Ogihara-sensei's Private Lessons
Ogihara-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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2:00 - 2:50 pm
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6:00 - 6:50 pm
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Chigusa SHIMIZU

清水 千草
  • Lives in Japan
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Alpha Japanese Language Institute (London)
  • Japanese teaching experience includes:
    • Taught Japanese at a Japanese language school in London (2002-2003)
    • Taught Japanese at a Japanese language school in Yamanashi prefecture (2003-2005, 2012 to present)
    • Taught private Japanese lessons to persons stationed in Japan (2010-2012)
  • Enjoys tennis, driving, sake, movies, and music
Shimizu-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5
  • Shimizu-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Provides private lessons for a variety of objectives, including:
    • Kanji study
    • Japanese reading comprehension
    • Japanese vocabulary
    • Writing essays or compositions in Japanese
    • Japanese pronunciation practice
    • Conversation skills for living in Japan
    • Japanese business conversation skills
    • Japanese news
    • Current events in Japan
  • Shimizu-sensei generally uses only Japanese in her lessons, but, where required, can offer lessons with a mix of English and Japanese
  • Follow-up email after each lesson for homework and review
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 48 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Shimizu-sensei's Private Lessons
Shimizu-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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1:00 - 1:50 am
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Kyoko TANOSHIMA

田野島 京子
  • Lives in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. (previously lived in Boston, North Carolina, Florida, Singapore, U.K., Japan)
  • Bachelor's degree in sociology from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo
  • Master's degree from the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, England
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Takushoku University, Tokyo
  • Passed the Japanese Language Teacher Proficiency Test
  • Exceptional Japanese teaching experience, including:
    • Foundations located in Tokyo and Nagoya (1991 to 1994)
    • Polytechnic schools located in Singapore (1994 to 1998)
    • The Japan Society of Boston (2007 to 2009)
    • Japanese companies located in Boston (2009 to 2013)
    • Northeastern University (2014)
    • Boston University (2013 to 2016)
  • Enjoys piano, music, art (creating hanga prints, making Japanese paper), and travel
Tanoshima-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the introductory, beginner, and intermediate levels, including JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Tanoshima-sensei provides private lessons to fit your goals. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • In addition to comprehensive Japanese study, Tanoshima-sensei provides goal-focused lessons in the following categories:
    • Kanji
    • News and newspaper articles
    • Business Japanese speaking skills
    • Preparation for Japan travel or study abroad
    • Japanese for kids
    • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparation
  • Lessons can be conducted in Japanese only, English only, or a mixture of both, according to your preference.
  • Following each lesson, Tanoshima-sensei emails a summary of the lesson for your study and review.
  • Homework is available if desired.
  • Periodic progress reports are available if desired.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use English as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Tanoshima-sensei's Private Lessons
Tanoshima-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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3:00 - 3:50 pm
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4:00 - 4:50 pm
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Hiroko YAMAFUJI

山藤 弘子
  • Lives in Tokyo, Japan
  • Completed a linguistics foreign exchange program in China and Singapore
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Sendagaya Japanese Institute
  • Has attained 3rd dan (rank) in kendo
  • Extensive experience teaching Japanese, including:
    • Full-time Japanese language instructor and curriculum director at a Japanese language school in Tokyo (2002-2007)
    • Part-time Japanese language instructor at a Japanese language school in Tokyo (2000-2002, 2010 to present)
    • Japanese language education support to non-Japanese through the Tokyo Taito-ku ward office (2010 to present)
    • Private lessons to businesspersons, staff and family stationed in Japan, non-Japanese of Japanese descent, and Japanese repatriated from China (2009 to present)
    • Tester of Japanese with Full Certification by ACTFL OPI (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview) (2015-)
  • Enjoys touring archeological sites, stepping out in traditional kimono, carrying mikoshi during Japanese festivals, chorus singing, cooking, and zumba
Yamafuji-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5
  • Yamafuji-sensei tailors her curriculum to fit the goals and pace of each student.
  • Before and during private lessons, Yamafuji-sensei can counsel students in order to support the most effective learning.
  • Yamafuji-sensei uses the direct method, with instruction and explanation in Japanese; however, she can also teach using Chinese only or a mixture of Chinese and Japanese.
  • Provides private lessons for a variety of objectives, including:
    • Kanji
    • Japanese news
    • Events and affairs in Japan
    • Everyday Japanese conversation
    • Business Japanese
    • Travel Japanese
    • Preparations required for homestays or other stays in Japan
    • JLPT preparation
    • OPI preparation
    • Japanese for children
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use Chinese as an instructional language based on the student’s needs
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Yamafuji-sensei's Private Lessons
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Yukiko ASAI

浅井 幸子
  • Lives in North Carolina, U.S. (previously lived in New Jersey, Malaysia, Japan)
  • Graduated from Yamawaki Gakuen Junior College, Department of English Language and Literature
  • Certified as an English teacher for junior-high schools in Japan
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Human Academy
  • Japanese teaching experience includes:
    • Volunteer instructor in group and private Japanese lessons in Tokyo (2004-2005)
    • Instructor at a Japanese language school in Tokyo (2005-2007, 2010-2011)
  • Enjoys zumba, pilates, tennis, snowboarding, making candies and sweets, reading, and travel
Asai-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including JLPT N1 and JLPT N2 preparation
  • Asai-sensei provides private lessons customized to your needs. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Provides private lessons focused on a variety of goals, including:
    • Using Japanese newspaper articles as learning material, learning Japanese and current events in Japan
    • Learning Japanese and Japan-related information you will need before traveling to Japan or starting a foreign exchange in Japan
    • Learning how to use commonly used Japanese phrases in different situations
    • Learning business Japanese conversation
    • Learning how to read and understand your favorite Japanese literature
  • Follow-up emails for your study and review
  • Homework provided, if you prefer
  • Periodic progress reports emailed to you
  • Asai-sensei uses the direct method, with instruction and explanation in Japanese; however, depending on the student's needs, she can offer simple explanations in English.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Asai-sensei's Private Lessons
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Mitsuo ISHII

いしい みつお
  • Lives in Japan
  • Graduated from Hosei University, Faculty of Letters, Philosophy Department
  • Certified as a Japanese instructor, having passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
  • Teaches contemporary Japanese and essay composition at a preparatory school
  • Works in video production, an activity Ishii-sensei has been involved with since his university days
  • Japanese teaching experience includes working at a Japanese language school in Tokyo (2013 to present)
  • Enjoys a variety of hobbies:
    • Film production (his current project is a film with a foreign exchange student as the main character)
    • Tropical fish (he has one piranha, two sailfin catfish, as well as cory catfish and weatherfish)
    • Trial court watching (about once a month, Ishii-sensei ventures to the local district court to observe the human drama)
Ishii-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at all skill levels (introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced), including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Ishii-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Ishii-sensei uses the direct method of teaching, with instruction and explanation in Japanese as much as possible.
  • Email from students is welcomed.
  • Ishii-sensei crafts lessons based on a student's interest in Japan. For example, for a student who wishes to learn to read Japanese manga, he will introduce manga into the lessons. Or, he might use newspaper articles for the student interested in Japan's current affairs. Whether you are interested in movies, gourmet cuisine, music icons, or subcultures, Ishii-sensei will help you conquer the Japanese language from your areas of interest.

    Side excursions from the original lesson plan are a part of any lesson. Please feel free to bring up topics that interest you, even if they seem unrelated to the current lesson. Along the way we can have fun with culture and language differences.

    Ishii-sensei says of himself, “I am Japanese unfiltered,” able to teach the real language in real time, such as his experience and view of current trends in Japan. “This view might be completely different from the media’s portrayal of Japan,” he adds.

    Ishii-sensei views language learning as a discovery process: “By learning another language, you learn another culture. By learning another culture, you gain awareness of your own country’s culture. Know Japan, and you can know and love your own country anew.”

  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Reservation deadline: 48 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • $ 25.00 per lesson (approx. ¥ 2,982  or  € 22.82)   Buy Ishii-sensei's Private Lessons
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