I am a Japanese native speaker who has a deep interest in helping students learn Japanese and learn how to be successful in Japanese society. I lived in Japan until this past year and worked as a civil servant for seven years. During that time, I helped JET Program workers from America learn how to talk with their bosses and co-workers. This means I can help you learn smooth business Japanese as well as more casual language. In Japan and in the US, I frequently advise LGBTQ students and students of color about Japanese culture and how to adjust to Japanese society. Both Japanese language and culture can be tough--but I will work with you to help you succeed and achieve your goals!
This past semester, I worked as a Japanese language teaching assistant at Harvard University. While I was not teaching at the head of classrooms, I did helped professors create future Japanese courses. I also was the volunteer instructor for the Japanese Language Soiree at the Japan Society of Boston from 2017 through the spring of 2018. I created interactive lesson plans that taught students about Japanese culture, and worked with beginning to advanced students. I also worked in Japan with a NPO called Seika Global Net to teach Japanese to adults from other countries who were living in Japan.
If you love the language, but worry about how you'll fit into Japanese culture; if you love Japanese culture, but you don't know how to start learning the language--reach out to me! Together we can make sure that you succeed and achieve your goals.