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 to foreigners in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Centrally located, relaxed environment and quality textbooks. Japan Switch is quickly growing and providing help to the foreign community in Japan.
Opening Hours : 9:30 - 1:30 PM
Opening Days : Monday - Friday
Location : Shinjuku, Tokyo