Why did you become a teacher?
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from art school, I traveled and lived in New York City. In my 20 years there, I met many people who were interested in Japanese culture and language, but lacked the opportunity to do so in an engaging way. After I came back to Japan, I felt that learners in Japan faced the same problems as those in New York. I knew from experience how hard it was to adapt to a new culture, and the want to help those in need is what made me decide to become a teacher.
What do you like about teaching?
One of the biggest hurdles for foreign learners is learning to express their own thoughts and feelings. For me, the most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing students progress from not being able to speak Japanese at all, to being able to fully express their own thoughts and feelings. Rather than be frustrated or confused, I want to see my students appreciating Japanese culture more than they did before entering the classroom.
I also have students at Japan Switch who have mentioned that they could not afford to take lessons at other Japanese language schools in Tokyo, but because of Japan Switch, they can finally start learning Japanese and that my lessons have given them more confidence to go out and speak to Japanese people. I feel really blessed that my lessons are having an impact on my students 🙂
How are your lessons?
My lessons help students to learn practical Japanese. I believe students should never think "When will I use this?" but know exactly how it could be use. I also use visual aids such as pictures and drawings in my lessons. Visual aids not only make the lessons more interesting and easier to understand, but gives students the opportunities to use the language in more situations and helps us to dive deeper into topics.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, and reading. As a lifelong artist, I also spend my time painting and visiting art galleries. If you take my lessons, please feel free to ask me about my recommendations about the art community in Tokyo.
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