Emi comes to us from Tokyo with over 25 years in Japanese teaching experience and a degree in Linguistics. After growing community roots with visitors to Japan as the Director of Japanese Language at the Osaka YMCA Language School, she taught in various private capacities before becoming a Japanese instructor at the J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo. We are very honored to have her extensive experience, kind and generous community-minded attitude towards students, and her very sharp analytical capacity for language education and curriculum.
Following a bachelor's degree in Asian American Studies at Berkeley, Atsuko went on to do postgraduate studies in Bilingual/Multicultural Education. She has spent nearly 20 years teaching adults Japanese, twelve of which were spent training high ranking military officers and other government officers in Arlington, VA with Diplomatic Language Services. With her extensive experience, passion for helping others, and relaxed teaching style, she strives to provide the perfect, necessary balance for any student at any level to succeed in accomplishing their goals.
A Linguistics major at UH Mānoa with postgraduate education in teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Noriko-sensei strives to continually develop her methodologies. With earlier experience as a Teaching Assistant at UH focused on individual assistance and tutoring, Noriko gained insight into variances in the mindset and learning approach of various students. She brings her insight to our group-based classes to maximize outreach to individuals and help us balance our group lesson approach with recognition and accounting for each student's needs.
With 18 years of experience in Japanese, 11 years experience teaching children and adults (5 years in Tokyo), degrees in Japanese and Management Information Systems, and a passion for teaching things in a logical way that makes sense and sticks, Justin endeavors to bring his knowledge and fluency in Japanese to others, so they may benefit and fully enjoy all of the best aspects of Japan, its culture, and people. In his spare time you may find him learning guitar, playing tennis, or having a delicious night out at an Izakaya with his wife. Yes, she’s Japanese too.
Kayoko brings with her 18 years of experience teaching Japanese at the college/University level, on top of an MA in Linguistics from UH Mānoa. She wants students to practice speaking Japanese in class as much as possible, and take those skills home to use right away. Additionally, she finds importance in providing cultural context to speaking to understand the way native speakers really talk. Kayoko always welcomes feedback and emphasizes taking the learner's perspective into account.