About

Welcome!

Nihongo Picnic is an online Japanese school. Many of our students work full-time. They also spend time with family and friends and spend time doing their hobbies in addition to working. Everyone has various types of important time to spend other than studying Japanese in their lives.

Understanding these situations, we strive to create a Japanese learning environment where classmates can strongly encourage each other in a positive way.

Teachers

All the instructors are certified in Japanese education. Furthermore, group lessons are given by instructors who are trained in facilitating, who can support discussions and conversations in class to go smoothly.

The profile of each teacher can be found below!

Homework

There are three types of homework, given after each class and divided into three levels. They are おちゃ Tea (Required), おにぎり Rice Ball (Recommended), and おべんとう Bento Box (Optional). Each student can freely adjust the amount of homework depending on the schedule and availability. All students must do Tea level homework because not doing it will be a problem in the next lesson when having discussions with classmates. Rice Ball level homework is recommended to be done as much as possible. Bento Box level homework is a little hard and takes some time. If you have the time, please be sure to try it too. The instructor will give feedback on all levels of homework.

Communication

– Students submit class feedback twice a semester (voluntary). Please be sure to indicate questions or requests to the instructor or ideas for a new class!

– Students can sign up for private lessons in addition to group lessons. Students can sign up for a private lesson with their teacher or some other teacher (an additional fee of 6,600 yen per hour will be charged).

– Slack is used to share homework assignments and send out information. Students should add our channel on their Slack to easily access homework assignments anytime. You can also post questions here anytime. Also, please be sure to share information in the class channel regarding your favorite teaching materials, apps, and anime!

– Although the lessons will be in Japanese, English can be used outside of class, like Slack.

Teaching Materials

Instructors often make homework assignments, but assignments are not limited to instructor-original teaching materials. Apps and online tools are also used to create an environment best suited for students (e.g., From March 2022, we will open a Kanji Lesson Class using the app WaniKani).

There is a shared folder that students of all classes can access every semester. Here, students can access the teaching materials of classes in other levels in addition to the materials for their own classes. It would be great if students could use these materials as a reference to decide what class to participate in for the next semester (only original teaching materials created by instructors are available here for copyright reasons).

Teachers

Japanese Teacher | Founder

Ako (Akiko Suzuki)

Ako has taught Japanese as a freelancer since 2002. She is well-known on social media for her informative and interesting Japanese tweets, and has experience working in games and IT sectors teaching Japanese. Her favorite VR games are Tetris Effect and Beat Saber!

Japanese Teacher | Head Teacher

Chiharu Kawaguchi

Chiharu has been teaching Japanese for about 5 years. Before becoming a Japanese teacher, she used to work for a hospital as a nurse. For the past 5 years, she’s been teaching Japanese at a Japanese school, companies, online classes and more. At the Japanese school, she had some classes focused on kanji in addition to other classes. She’s very research-oriented and always  actively improving her teaching skills. Chiharu loves football. 

Japanese Teacher

Megumi Ishikawa

This is Megumi’s fourth year as a Japanese language teacher. She used to teach a grammar class and writing class in a Japanese language school. She has corrected more than 600 pieces of writing during her time there.  She’s bright, cheerful and flexible. She enjoys making handmade things, playing Shamisen, dancing hula and reading books, especially novels about the Edo era.

Japanese Teacher

Kumi Tanaka

Kumi has been teaching Japanese for about 20 years. She is an expert in teaching for exams like JLPT and BJT (Business Japanese Proficiency Test). She researches and analyzes the tests deeply. Kumi is working as a learning adviser too. She gives advice to learners of Japanese and her well-renowned sessions have a great reputation. She is a learner of Vietnamese and she knows lots of good Vietnamese restaurants in Tokyo too!

Japanese Teacher

Miki Nadaoka

Miki has been teaching Japanese for over 7 years in both Melbourne, Australia and Tokyo. She is very supportive and passionate about teaching. She also provides really useful insights about nuances and what phrases would be more appropriate to use based on Japanese language and culture, and helps students understand interesting points about them. She loves coffee and going to cafes. She also likes watching movies and reading books.

Japanese Teacher

Rick (Ryuta Akagi)

Rick has been teaching Japanese for over 10 years. His students are from the Philippines, China and many other countries. From beginner to advanced, his classes have a reputation for being exciting and so much fun! He is also very good at making his students feel at ease so they can talk comfortably in class. He used to work as a DTP in the IT industry. He loves psychology and linguistics, and his hobby is to study the Thai language.

Japanese Teacher

Akane Katano

Akane has been teaching Japanese for about 10 years. After graduating from university, she backpacked around Turkey and Europe for 5 months and studied Polish in Krokow, Poland for two years. She has been teaching Japanese at Japanese schools and in online classes. She also used to teach Japanese at a university in Kazan, Russia for a year. She occasionally works as a nursery teacher as well. She loves music, sewing, visiting museums, traveling and walking around in nature.

Japanese Teacher

Nao Ota

Nao is a friendly Japanese teacher who is vastly experienced in teaching Japanese and English to students from all around the world. Before she became a full-time freelancer teacher in Japan, she used to teach all kinds of students, from elementary to advanced classes at a Japanese school in Poland. In her free time, she enjoys playing Ukulele, practicing Tae Kwon Do, learning Korean, watching Korean TV shows and movies. Her favorite K-pop artist is BTS.

Japanese Teacher

Ayano Irizuki

Ayano is an earnest Japanese teacher who has accumulated around 1,500 lessons in her first two years. She used to work as an assistant to a board member at a major Japanese games company. She is well-versed in otaku/pop culture and even produces a Japanese teaching VTuber channel called Mochijapa. Her motto is “Let’s learn Japanese enjoyably and effectively!”

Japanese Teacher

Izumi Okamura

Izumi is a very patient and warm hearted teacher you can count on. She has been teaching Japanese since 2003, all levels from beginner to advanced. She previously worked in the travel industry. Her major in university was Spanish, which she continues to study today. “My principal in class is to learn by talking”, says Izumi. She loves playing the piano and traveling.

Japanese Teacher

Tomoko Aizawa

Tomoko is a Japanese teacher based in Germany. She has excellent interpersonal skills for language learners to meet their needs. Prior to her time in Germany, she had more than fifteen years of experience in the publishing sector as a magazine editor in Japan. After coming to Germany, she worked for a Japanese Bank with international colleagues and worked as a consultant at international conferences. She is interested in Japanese tea ceremonies, Kimono and traditional Japanese fermented foods. Since she is living outside of Japan, she is passionate about making Miso, Soy sauce and Koji rice by herself.

Japanese Teacher

Akane Ueno

Akane is a Japanese teacher living in Spain. Based on her life experiences, she believes that learning another language has the power to change our lives drastically. “I am here to help my students make their life more colorful through their learning journey, just as I’ve experienced,” says Akane. In her lessons, students don’t aim to learn perfect grammar just to memorize it. Instead, their main goal is to learn how to express themselves using suitable grammar and phrases based on the situations they want to talk about. She is an ocean and nature lover and has a strong passion for scuba diving and traveling.

Japanese Teacher

Masako Takao

Masako has been teaching Japanese for five years. Before becoming a Japanese language teacher, she worked in corporate clerical work, advertising design, writing for information magazines, translation, and editing instruction manuals. She is known for her easy-to-understand grammar explanations and friendly classroom atmosphere. She also teaches business Japanese, drawing on her varied work experiences. She enjoys playing the flute, visiting cafes, and eating sweets on her days off. She is currently studying Korean with Duolingo.

Japanese Teacher

Rie Tokuda

Rie used to teach English at a Japanese junior high school for 7 years, so she is great at teaching in a way that is easy to understand. She is also cheerful, positive, and friendly which helps create a comfortable learning environment for students. She loves yoga and traveling. She has traveled to more than 20 countries. She also likes to communicate with people from all over the world and share each other’s cultures.

Corporate Profile

Company Name Nihongo Picnic  LLC
Date of Establishment December 9, 2021
Office Koinuma Bldg. 3F 1-10-7 Kusunokidai Tokorozawa-city Saitama
Capital 1,000,000 yen
Founder Akiko Suzuki