All instructors have extensive teaching experience in their particular fields.
Language Center 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. Reiko Akai has a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, and has worked in the private sector in Japan. She has taught English and Japanese in Japan, and has been a private tutor of Japanese in the United States for five years.
- Ms. Keiko Hama has taught Japanese in Germany and the US for over ten years. She received her MA in Japanese Sociology and Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg. Since then, she has been an interpreter, translator and Japanese teacher in the private and public sectors.
- Ms. Masako Inkyo has a university degree in Japanese Calligraphy and a license to teach literature in Middle and High School. She is a member of the three largest shodōprofessional associations in Japan. She has received many awards, including first prizes in both shodō and pen calligraphy and kanji in national competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
- Ms. Tomoyo Kamimura holds Bachelor’s degree from Waseda University, MA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Columbia University. She has been teaching Japanese at colleges and universities both in the US and Japan for over ten years. Currently she serves as Fulltime Faculty member at The New School's Foreign Language Department.
- Ms. Mami Miyashita earned a Japanese Teaching License in Japan, a certificate of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from West Chester University. She has been involved with foreign language education for more than nineteen years, most recently at the University of Delaware from 1999 to 2005.
- Ms. Mami Nakanishi has a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is one of the top graduates of the Society’s Teacher Training Program and has been a member of the Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.
- Ms. Kazuko Nakazawa has a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Literature. She is one of the top graduates of the 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 a member of the Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.
English as a Second Language Instructor
- Ms. Katherine Major graduated from Vassar College, has a Masters Degree in Special Education from Butler and Purdue Universities and an ESL Certification from The New School. Major has taught English for over eleven years at several locations, including LaGuardia Community College and Cabrini Immigrant Services. She previously worked as an executive for Citigroup and IBM Corporation.
- Ms. Masako Inkyo has a university degree in Japanese Calligraphy. She holds the highest rank in the three largest shodō professional associations in Japan. Inkyo has received many awards, including first prizes in both shodō and pen calligraphy in national competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education. For more information, visit www.masako-inkyo.com.
Tomoyo Kamimura, Director, Toyota Language Center
Toyota Language Center Staff
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.