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.

Masahiro ARAI
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT
Yuko ARAKI
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
Yukiko ASAI
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2
Yutaka ASO
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
Michiko FUJIWARA
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
Akira MANABE
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N2
Akiko MIURA
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N3 N4 N5
Machiko NAKAMURA
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
Aki OGIHARA
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N3 N4 N5
Namiko OHNO
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
Kyoko TANOSHIMA
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N2 N3 N4 N5
Chie TSUYUGUCHI
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4
Miki YAMAMOTO
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N2 N3 N4 N5
Akiko ISSHIKI
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Mamiko KAWAMURA
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N3 N4 N5
 
Fusayo NAGATOMI
Introductory Japanese
Beginner Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
JLPT N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
 
Nami HAYASHI
Nami HAYASHI
Mitsuo ISHII
Mitsuo ISHII
Chiaki KASPER
Chiaki KASPER
Takako KATANO
Takako KATANO
Kazumi OKUBO
Kazumi OKUBO
Chigusa SHIMIZU
Chigusa SHIMIZU
Hiroko YAMAFUJI
Hiroko YAMAFUJI

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.

Masahiro ARAI

新井(あらい) 正博(まさひろ)
  • 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
Arai-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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11:00 - 11:50 am
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1:00 - 1:50 pm
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Yuko ARAKI

荒木(あらき) 裕子(ゆうこ)
  • 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 exclusively 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
Araki-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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9:00 - 9:50 pm
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Yukiko ASAI

浅井(あさい) 幸子(ゆきこ)
  • Lives in Japan (previously lived in North Carolina, 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
Asai-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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10:00 - 10:50 pm
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Yutaka ASO

阿蘇(あそ) (ゆたか)
  • 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
Aso-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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1:00 - 1:50 am
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Michiko FUJIWARA

藤原(ふじわら) 美千子(みちこ)
  • Lives in Matsue City, Shimane-ken, Japan (previously lived in Minnesota, Mississippi, California)
  • 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, Fujiwara-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, Fujiwara-sensei strives to share that fascination with her students.
Fujiwara-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
  • Fujiwara-sensei welcomes students of any age, from the youngest to the oldest.
  • Fujiwara-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
  • Fujiwara-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
Fujiwara-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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9:00 - 9:50 pm
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Akiko ISSHIKI

一色(いっしき) 秋子(あきこ)
  • 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

Mamiko KAWAMURA

河村(かわむら) 麻実子(まみこ)
  • 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

Akira MANABE

真部(まなべ) (あきら)
  • Lives in Japan (previously lived in Vietnam (until June 2019))
  • Bachelor's degree in social welfare from Nihon Fukushi University
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Human Academy
  • Japanese language teaching experience includes:
    • Taught Japanese at a Japanese language school in Vietnam
    • Taught Japanese at the Nagoya Management and Accounting College
    • Lead Japanese instructor at the Ecole des Art Eclat school
    • Taught online Japanese lessons
  • Enjoys the guitar, mountain climbing, skiing, kayakking, camping, and other solo activities. Manabe-sensei particularly appreciates the beauty of mountains and the sea, and living amid the natural world. He also likes to relax at a campfire with a good book and a good glass of sake.
Manabe-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, plus JLPT N2
  • Manabe-sensei provides private lessons to fit your goals. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Features of Manabe-sensei's lessons:
    • From beginner Japanese to JLPT and business Japanese, Manabe-sensei offers a wide variety of lessons.
    • While studying grammar and vocabulary, he makes plenty of time for speaking as well.
    • Manabe-sensei's lessons are not limited to Japanese language instuction—he would be pleased to introduce Japanese music and sightseeing spots as well.
    • Before becoming a Japanese language teacher, he worked 23 years in Japanese companies, including as kachō (section chief). As needed, he can leverage this experience to introduce you to Japanese business.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use as an instructional language based on the student’s needs; also speaks a little English
  • Reservation deadline: 24 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
Manabe-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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Akiko MIURA

三浦(みうら) 明子(あきこ)
  • Lives in Oregon, U.S.
  • Bachelor's degree in food science, Faculty of Home Economics, Nara Women's University
  • Master of Science from Oregon State University
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Arc Academy
  • Passed the Japanese Language Teacher Proficiency Test
  • Japanese language teaching experience includes:
    • Taught Japanese at a Yokohama language school (2001-2002, 2003-2004)
    • Taught Japanese at a YMCA in Taiwan (2002~2003)
    • Taught Japanese at a Japanese Language Training Center sponsored by AOTS, an international program sponsored by the Japanese government (2003-2004)
    • Taught Japanese classes at Rogue Community College (2007-2009)
    • Taught private Japanese lessons (2010 to present)
  • Enjoys aikido, hiking, gardening, reading, and knitting
Miura-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at introductory, beginner, and intermediate levels, including JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5
  • Miura-sensei offers lessons customized to each student's goals. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Do you have a specific goal in mind? Miura-sensei offers a wide variety of lessons, including:
    • Japanese for travel, plus useful information for your Japan trip
    • Japanese for everyday living
    • Japanese for business situations
  • Miura-sensei can teach using Japanese only, or, if you prefer, using a mixture of Japanese and English.
  • After each lesson, you'll receive a follow-up email that summarizes what you studied. You can contact Miura-sensei by email with any questions.
  • Homework is offered, if desired.
  • Progress reports are available, if desired.
  • Miura-sensei strives for enjoyable lessons where you can speak a lot in Japanese, regardless of your level.
  • 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
Miura-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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2:00 - 2:50 pm
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Fusayo NAGATOMI

永富(ながとみ) 房代(ふさよ)
  • 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

Machiko NAKAMURA

中村(なかむら) 真智子(まちこ)
  • 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
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(おぎはら) 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
Ogihara-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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11:00 - 11:50 pm
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Namiko OHNO

大野(おおの) 渚美子(なみこ)
  • Lives in Brazil
  • Bachelor's degree in transnational sociology, School of Education, Yokohama National University
  • Completed a university foreign exchange at the University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • Passed the Japanese Language Teacher Proficiency Test
  • Japanese language teaching experience includes:
    • Taught Japanese in Indonesia under the Nihongo Partners program of the Japan Foundation
    • Taught Japanese in Brazil as a volunteer under JICA's program to support Japanese expats
  • Enjoys pilates, cooking (working on Brazilian home cooking right now), and travel (loves onsen hot springs in Japan)
Ohno-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
  • Ohno-sensei provides customized private lessons from a variety of textbooks. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Ohno-sensei's lessons are tailored to each student's level and interests. "Learning Japanese should be fun!" she adds.
  • 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; also speaks a little German and Indonesian
  • Reservation deadline: 48 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
Ohno-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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7:00 - 7:50 am
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8:00 - 8:50 am
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9:00 - 9:50 am
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1:00 - 1:50 pm
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2:00 - 2:50 pm
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3:00 - 3:50 pm
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4:00 - 4:50 pm
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Kyoko TANOSHIMA

田野島(たのしま) 京子(きょうこ)
  • 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 you like.
  • 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
Tanoshima-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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7:00 - 7:50 pm
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Chie TSUYUGUCHI

露口(つゆぐち) 千恵(ちえ)
  • Lives in Japan (Kōbe City)
  • Bachelor's degree in Japanese language and culture education, School of Education, Hiroshima University
  • Master's degree in Japanese language and culture education, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
  • Passed the Japanese Language Teacher Proficiency Test
  • Japanese teaching experience includes:
    • Taught Japanese at a Japanese language school in Hiroshima (2011 to 2013)
    • Taught Japanese at a Japanese language school in Osaka (2013 to 2015)
  • Enjoys a variety of hobbies, including:
    • Trying out local bakeries and coffee shops
    • Handicrafts such as knitting and sewing
    • Manga, anime, and video games
    • Karaoke
    • Has ranking in shodō (Japanese calligraphy) and kobudō (a traditional martial art)
Tsuyuguchi-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including JLPT N1, JLPT N2, JLPT N3, and JLPT N4 preparation
  • Tsuyuguchi-sensei provides private lessons using a variety of textbooks to fit your needs. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Do you have one of these goals? Tsuyuguchi-sensei can help you learn Japanese in a variety of situations, including:
    • “I want to be able to talk with a Japanese friend.”
    • “I want to read Japanese manga and watch Japanese anime.”
    • “I want to learn Japanese for everyday situations or for travel in Japan.”
    • “I want to improve my skills in Japanese grammar.”
  • After each lesson, Tsuyuguchi-sensei sends you a follow-up email summarizing what was covered in the lesson.
  • Homework is assigned, if you like.
  • Free Trial LessonTrial lesson at no charge offered to new students
  • Able to use as an instructional language based on the student’s needs; also speaks a little English and Chinese
  • Reservation deadline: 48 hours before class
  • Cancellation deadline: 24 hours before class
Tsuyuguchi-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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9:00 - 9:50 am
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1:00 - 1:50 pm
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Miki YAMAMOTO

山本(やまもと) 美紀(みき)
  • Lives in Japan (previously lived in California)
  • Bachelor's degree from Department of English-Speaking Cultures Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Keisen University
  • Completed TEFL program at University of California, Irvine
  • Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Arc Academy
  • Japanese teaching experience includes:
    • Teaches Japanese at a Tokyo Japanese language school (2013 to present)
    • Taught Japanese lessons for English language teachers from abroad (2015)
  • Enjoys travel, reading, binge-watching Friends on TV
Yamamoto-sensei's Private Lesson Features
  • 50-minute private Japanese lessons at the introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including JLPT N2, JLPT N3, JLPT N4, and JLPT N5 preparation
  • Yamamoto-sensei provides private lessons to fit your learning goals. If you have a specific textbook in mind, please let us know.
  • Above all, Yamamoto-sensei aims for enjoyable Japanese lessons where you can take pride: "Wow, I was able to say a lot in Japanese!"
  • After each lesson, Yamamoto-sensei sends you a follow-up email summarizing what was covered in the lesson.
  • Homework is assigned, 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
Yamamoto-sensei's Available Times for Private Lessons
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12:00 - 12:50 am
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1:00 - 1:50 am
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