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Sachiko is the founder of JLC. She has taught Japanese at universities, colleges and companies and has given many public lectures about Japanese art and culture. Sachiko is also an artist, her life project is to complete 100 Views of America by woodcut; and she is a Koto player of Yamada School. Education: Osaka Language School, Osaka, Japan; Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan; Newbury College, Boston. To see Sachiko's fine art visit sachikofurui.com.

Akiko was born in Morioka, Iwate prefecture. She has been tutoring Japanese since she was in collage. She is also a singer. She loves to sing jazz, pop and j-pop from the 80’s. It’s her joy to share the culture of Japan through teaching the language.

Masa holds a graduate degree in communications from Northwestern University. He has been teaching Japanese to youth and adults in the Boston and Chicago areas over the past 16 years. In addition to teaching at the Boston Japanese School, he presents to business travelers, enhancing their knowledge of Japan's culture and customs. During the summer months, Masa enjoys guiding Japanese visitors on historical-Boston tours, and guided tours of the Museum of Fine Art’s renowned paintings and art collections.

Reiko enjoys Japanese literature, Japanese calligraphy, playing music and making art. Reiko was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She has been teaching and tutoring Japanese language and arts in New York, California and Massachusetts since 2005. Reiko enjoys finding fun new ways to teach and learn Japanese. Through her efforts she hopes to make Japanese language, culture and art accessible to everyone.

Originally from Nagoya, Shizue enjoys teaching students of all ages, as it makes her grow along with the students. Curious about languages, she is currently learning Russian and Korean. She loves dogs, nature, reading, eating, and is a classical pianist.

Tammy is a Boston native with a degree in psychology and a minor in art history from UMass Boston. She is a Japanese language and stationery enthusiast. Her other interests include traveling, reading, film photography and watching competitive figure skating.

Tetsuaki has been teaching Japanese to students in ages ranging from grade school to adult since 1989. He also has worked with computer technology. He enjoys Japanese classical literature, especially Shinobu Orikuchi. Education: Yokohama National University (Economics/International Relations).

Yoko was born and raised in Tokorozawa, Saitama, suburb of Tokyo, where the Totoro story was born. She was an English language major at undergrad in Japan and holds a M.A. in Intercultural Communication from Lesley University. Her experience includes teaching Japanese, cultural/language trainings before Japan travel, and teachers’ trainings at public schools. She is an avid cook. Playing the Shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute) is her brand-new interest.

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