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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. Shiyo Kaku has an MA in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University and has taught Japanese at various universities in New York and Philadelphia including The City College of New York, The New School, and University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches at Hunter College and FIT.

  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. 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. Mami Miyashita earned a Japanese Teaching License in Japan, a certificate of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from West Chester University. She has worked in foreign language education for more than twenty years, including at the University of Delaware from 1999 to 2005.

  Ms. Yumi Mori holds a BA in Law from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program and has been a teaching assistant since May 2016. 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. Mariko Narasaki has a bachelor’s degree from Waseda University in Western History and a master’s degree from San Francisco State University with an emphasis on teaching Japanese as a foreign language. She has taught at school and universities in the United States since 2007, including Rutgers University and FIT.

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

  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 and has been a teaching assistant since November 2015.

  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.



English as a Second Language Instructors

  Ms. Maureen Kamata is a seasoned ESL teacher with over fourteen years of experience teaching ESL in Japan, and six years of experience teaching English in the USA. A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, Maureen earned her Master’s Degree in TESOL at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Before moving to New York City in 2012, she lived in Torrance, California where she taught English and American Customs and Culture to the wives of expatriated Japanese businessmen.



Shodō Instructors

  Sanae Asai (Master Suiho), a licensed Japanese calligrapher (issued in 1996 by the Calligraphy Institute of Daitobunka University in Japan), has taught calligraphy for 13 years in schools and cultural institutes in the New York area; namely The New School, the Long Island Japanese Culture Center, the Japanese American Society of New Jersey, The Japanese Weekend School, and the Hammond Museum, as well as 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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