Language Center

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 from Kobe College. She has taught Japanese and English in Japan, and has been a private tutor of Japanese for five years in the United States. She has been an instructor at the Language Center since 2008.
  • Ms. Keiko Hama has taught Japanese in Germany and the United States for over ten years.  She received her master’s degree 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. Tomoko Hamada-Dougan has a bachelor’s degree in History from Hosei University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of the Toyota Language Center’s Japanese-Language Teacher Training Program, and since then has been teaching at Japan Society and other private institutes in the tri-state area.
  • 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 shodō professional associations in Japan. She has received many awards, including first prizes in shodō and pen calligraphy and kanji in national competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
  • Ms. Tomoyo Kamimura holds a BA from Waseda University, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Columbia University. She has been teaching Japanese at universities both in the US and Japan for over 15 years. Ms. Kamimura has numerous publications and has served as co-editor of Ohbunsha's Japanese - English Dictionary. Until recently she was coordinator of The New School’s Japanese program.
  • Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a bachelor's degree from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has been teaching Japanese at universities and schools throughout New York to students of varying proficiency levels and backgrounds.
  • Ms. Mami Miyashita earned a Japanese Teaching License in Japan, a certificate of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from West Chester University. She has worked in foreign language education for more than twenty years, including at the University of Delaware from 1999 to 2005.
  • Ms. Mari Nakamura has an MA in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and has taught Japanese for 25 years at universities including Harvard, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland. She has also taught at several Fortune 500 Corporations.
  • Ms. Mami Nakanishi has a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program and has been on Japan Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.
  • Ms. Kazuko Nakazawa has a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Literature and is a graduate of Japan 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 on Japan Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.
  • Ms. Toshiko Omori has an MA in TESOL from New York University. She has taught Japanese at the United Nations International School and Phillips Exeter Academy.  She currently teaches at NYU and The New School.


English as a Second Language Instructor

  • Ms. Katherine Major graduated from Vassar College, has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Butler and Purdue Universities and an ESL Certification from The New School. She 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. Judy Taylor has a B.A. from the University of Salford, England, and has a TEFL/TESOL Certificate from TEFL International. She is currently teaching ESL and Business English at the Rennert International Language School.
  • Ms. Sue Woodman has been teaching English in New York City and abroad for several years. A writer and a broadcaster, she graduated from the University of Bristol in the U.K. and has a TEFL/TESOL Certificate from TEFL International.


Shodō Instructor

  • 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.


Toyota Language Center Staff

Tomoyo Kamimura, Director, Toyota Language Center

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.

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