School Manager - Mariko
Why did you become a school manager?
I joined Japan Switch because I strongly agree with its and their parent company BFF Tokyo's company mission.
- To create a company that is not fixed to a set mindset or Japanese business model.
- To enrich and broaden the potential of the lives for both students and staff.
- To create change in Japan and the world through hybrid Japanese and foreigners.
I think Japanese companies have to change their style of management from the traditional style to something that welcomes more people and different ideas and is less top down. I also believe that Japan needs to welcome more foreigners and I think it would be amazing if both Japanese people and foreigners could combine their strengths and create a new type of thinking to positively impact the world.
What would you like foreigners to know about Japan?
I would be happy for foreigners to learn more about modern Japanese culture. I think Japan has many interesting concepts to share regarding design, fashion, and attention to detail. I think understanding these concepts has enriched my life and I would like to share them with more foreigners in Japan.
How are your lessons?
I sometimes serve as a backup teacher and my lessons are friendly, relaxed, and fun. I want my students to feel comfortable and feel no pressure while taking my lessons. I like to share information about Japanese culture, and especially about modern Japanese culture and thinking.
I like to praise my students and I would like everyone to leave here with a smile.
What are your hobbies?
I am really passionate about fashion, interior design, and beauty in general. I used to work in the hair styling industry and now I am helping Japan Switch and their sister school with interior design. I feel that learning about the aesthetics of the world around me makes life more interesting.
My favorite spot in Tokyo is Yoyogi Park. I think it is a great place to go during autumn and during spring to see the cherry blossoms. Yoyogi park is always lively and the park is very animal friendly.
Come visit our school 🙂
Japan Switch provides affordable morning and noon Japanese lessons in Tokyo. Centrally located, relaxed environment and quality textbooks. Japan Switch is your alternative option to a Japanese language school in Tokyo.
Opening Days : Monday - Friday
Opening Hours : 9:30 - 1:30 PM
Gotanda / Shinagawa Branch
Opening Hours : 9:00 - 1:00 PM