We Japanese Language School in Shibuya Tokyo Japanese Language School





Instructors and their teaching skills and personalities greatly influence a student’s improvement in Japanese. It may be safe to say that finding a great instructor is the key to your success.

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I continuously work towards ensuring that students get the best instruction available at ‘We.’


It is often assumed that being a ‘native’ speaker qualifies that person as a competent teacher of that language. Of course, this is not necessarily the case, as not all Japanese native speakers can teach Japanese with professionalism and with a thorough understanding of the underlying linguistic structures.

That is why ‘We’ Japanese Language School employs only highly qualified professional Japanese language instructors who possess a deep understanding of grammatical and linguistic structures as well as historical and cultural elements of the Japanese language. Our instructors have extensive teaching and life experiences, and are committed to developing their skills to offer the best in Japanese language education. Our team is dedicated to providing lessons in Japanese that respect your individuality and aim to equip you with the language skills you need to succeed in this increasingly global world.

‘We’ values your patronage and will support you all throughout your journey of learning Japanese, so you will be able to realize your potential. To this end, we will continue to improve our services to meet your needs and guarantee the delivery of success.

We Instructors…

● are experts in the fields of conversation, business and test preparation.
● who teach the Business Conversation class have extensive business experiences.
● have Japanese teaching qualifications.
● are able to provide explanations concisely and clearly in English, if needed.
● have received training in the ‘W.W.W. Method’, which is an original teaching methodology developed by ‘We.’
● can speak English, German, French and Korean.
● understand the needs of English-speakers.
● believe that teaching Japanese is their lifework.
● are passionate and serious about their students’ progress.


Great Instructors


Mayumi Ito [In-House and Online]

Mayumi Ito arranges the lesson flexibly according to each student’s goal and preferred learning style. In the lesson, you not only study Japanese language but also explore some differences of culture and the values behind it. Her experience as a class coordinator at a municipal organization developed her skill to give lessons that are practical for those who have just started their life in Japan. She specializes in contrastive linguistics of English and Japanese.

Yukari Iioka [In-House and Online] 

Yukari Iioka has been teaching Japanese to students of all ages for more than twenty five years, and has come to find fulfillment and satisfaction in this profession during this period. She has an OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) tester qualification in ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language). One of her strengths lies in her ability to inspire the joy of learning in students. She strives to make the acquisition of Japanese language skills an enjoyable experience, and help them create a lifelong interest and affection for not only the language, but also the culture.


Jotaro Yamaguchi [In-House and Online]

Jotaro Yamaguchi has extensive experience in business. He is a specialist in teaching practical Japanese for business situations and is known for his teaching skills and superb writing ability. He is also popular among students for his clear and concise explanations of grammar patterns and vocabulary. He specializes in daily conversation and business Japanese.


Ami Anzai [In-House]

Ami Anzai, with her friendly atmosphere, is popular with the students for her cheerful and fun lessons. Her lessons are always relaxing but mentally stimulating, and they are sure to raise your motivation no matter what sort of day you have had.


Harue Watanabe [In-House]

Harue Watanabe has experienced teaching Japanese and business manners at local enterprises overseas. She has also been in charge of cultural training, so she is flexible to various requests in the class. Her lessons are quite popular. She always tries to make her lessons as varied, dynamic and interesting as possible.


Kazuko Saijo [In-House and Online]

As Kazuko Saijo taught English at Japanese institutions and taught Japanese abroad for a long time, she is able to precisely explain the Japanese language and culture to English speakers on points they may easily become confused about. She is very competent at teaching students about Japanese business skills that she acquired in her own professional career.


Kaori Ibuki [In-House]

Kaori Ibuki is very familiar with traditional Japanese culture, such as Japanese classical dance and kimono , so she can demonstrate them in your class. She has experience in teaching Japanese kids and adults in the U.S. She can teach Japanese by only using Japanese or with English directions and explanations as per the student’s needs. She offers flexible lessons using various teaching methods. Her specialty also includes academic writing and pronunciation.


Mikino Shibata [In-House]

Mikino Shibata has over 10 years of teaching Japanese. She is popular with students for her close attention to detail. Even in informal conversations, she is able to pick up small mistakes and will subtly guide you to improvement by creating a very natural and relaxed classroom atmosphere.


Yumiko Ishida [In-House]

Yumiko Ishida’s lessons are always conducted with the students’ perspectives in mind. In her lessons, she utilizes real-life materials that are relevant to each student’s lives and is able to answer questions in a very clear, concise manner. She is also able to provide explanations in Korean.


Miya Tanaka [In-House]

Miya Tanaka is highly adaptable to many kinds of lesson styles as she taught many students Japanese in Asia and Europe.
She is a competent teacher of JLPT preparation and business Japanese, as well as of beginner level Japanese where she is skilled at teaching about Japanese pronunciation.


Saori Yamazaki [In-House]

Saori Yamazaki provides Japanese lessons that are easy to review using various digital devices. She has an established reputation for using vocabulary and phrases students need for their respective studies in her classes. She builds her lessons on the points that the students would like to focus on.


Asako Tanaka [In-House and Online]

Asako Tananka worked in sales and in a Japanese advertising company. Her classes are designed to give students practical Japanese in business situations as well as in their daily life. Furthermore, Asako is also popular among students who are parents as she can teach useful Japanese to participate easily in parent’s groups.


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