Language Center

Japanese Language Instructors

  Ms. Yuko Aizawa has taught at the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, Japan and at the Royal Hawaiian Academy in the United States. She has been an instructor at the Toyota Language Center since 1994.

  Ms. Keiko Hama holds a MA in Japanese Sociology and Linguistics from the University of Heidelberg. She has taught Japanese in Germany and the United States for over ten years. Since then, she has been an interpreter, translator and Japanese teacher in the private and public sectors.

  Ms. Yumiko Kakutani holds a BA in French Literature from Keio University in Tokyo and is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught privately in the United States for a number of years (including JLPT and SAT II students). She currently teaches at City College of New York.

  Ms. Tomoyo Kamimura holds a BA from Waseda University, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Columbia University. She has been teaching Japanese at universities both in the US and Japan for over 15 years. Ms. Kamimura has numerous publications and has served as co-editor of Ohbunsha's Japanese - English Dictionary. Until recently she was coordinator of The New School’s Japanese program.

  Ms. Momoyo Kitaura has a BA from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. She is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency test and has over 15 years of experience working at a Japanese language school in Japan. She’s also a co-researcher of the National Institute of Language and Linguistics.

  Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has taught Japanese at various institutions, including New York University, Hunter College, Pace University, and The New School. She is currently hosting Japan Society’s YouTube series "Uki Uki NihonGO! + Culture”.

  Ms. Yumi Mori holds a BA in Law from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught privately in the United States for a number of years.

  Ms. Mari Nakamura holds a MA in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and has taught Japanese for 25 years at universities including Harvard, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland. She has also taught at several Fortune 500 Corporations. She currently teaches at Baruch College.

  Ms. Mami Nakanishi holds a BA in Literature from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program and has been on Japan Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.

  Ms. Kazuko Nakazawa holds a BA in Japanese Literature from Tokyo Women’s Christian University and is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught Japanese privately and in an after-school program in Japan for three years, and privately in the United States for two years. She has been on Japan Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.

  Ms. Toshiko Omori has an MA in TESOL from New York University. She has taught Japanese at the United Nations International School and Phillips Exeter Academy. She currently teaches at NYU and The New School.

  Ms. Atsuko Shio holds a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Hoshi University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program.

  Mr. Shuichiro Takeda received a BA in English and American Literature from Nanzan University in Nagoya and a BA in Psychology from Hunter College. He also holds a master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He contributed to the establishment of a Japanese program for adults at Centre Japonais de Quebec in Quebec City as their first instructor, and continued to teach there until 2015. He currently teaches at Hunter College.

  Ms. Yukie Yamaguchi has a BA in Foreign Languages (specializing in English) from Bukkyo University in Kyoto and holds an instructor certification from the World Japanese Centre, Australia. She has been teaching English in Japan and the United States since 1997, most recently at Baruch College, Brooklyn College, and teaching English online.



English as a Second Language Instructors

Ben Milam   Mr. Ben Milam, an MA candidate in TESOL & Applied Linguistics at Columbia University, is a seasoned Japanese-English translator and interpreter with a multi-faceted professional background in government, education, and entertainment. A former United Nations advisor, Ben has translated a variety of Japanese textbooks and manga, including Ask Publishing’s Nihongo Fun & Easy and Megumi, a manga released by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Highlights from the entertainment sector include interviewing Taylor Swift for George Tokoro’s Waratte Koraete!, teaching ESL to a secret handful of Japanese celebrities, and winning the Gilda Radner Award for Standup Comedy.



Shodō Instructors

  Megumi Barringer (Master Shuka), a licensed Japanese calligrapher since 1997 by Nihon Sogo Shogeiin in Japan, has taught calligraphy for 15 years in Japan and in Princeton, New Jersey. She teaches at Princeton Community Japanese Language School, Princeton University and at her own private studio.

  Tsuyoshi Takemori (Master Biho) has over 30 years of teaching experience in Japanese Calligraphy and has served as the Director of Calligraphy for the Kampo Cultural Center, Inc. in the US. Recently, he has worked at the Japan Calligraphy Center International, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Ryukyu University in Okinawa, Japan.



Toyota Language Center Director

  Tomoyo Kamimura grew up in Japan where she earned her BA from Waseda University. She received an MA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon as well as an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. While teaching English at The Tokyo University of Science, she co-edited Obunsha’s Shorter Japanese-English Dictionary and co-authored Josei no Shinri (Women’s Psychology). Other publications include translations of several books into Japanese. She has taught at numerous institutions, including Rutgers University, Kalamazoo College, The University of Oregon, and Baruch College, and also serves on the selection committee of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme in the New York region. Before coming to Japan Society, she was a full-time faculty member and Coordinator of the Japanese program at The New School for Public Engagement for nine years.

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