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Japanese Lessons in San Diego: Your Guide to History and Culture

Are you taking Japanese lessons in San Diego? If you’re learning the Japanese language, you’re probably also interested in the history and culture. San Diego is home to a number of groups and organizations that promote Japanese language and culture. These places are fantastic resources for anyone taking Japanese lessons in San Diego.

The San Diego Japanese Meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoJapanese) meets weekly, and attendees can practice both English and Japanese. This group is like an ongoing language exchange. Everyone is welcome, and the group has about 20 to 40 members at each event.

The Japanese Tea Garden in Balboa Park (http://www.niwa.org) is a great place to walk around and see Japanese plants and landscaping. The Japanese Tea Garden hosts regular exhibitions on Japanese history and culture. Check out some of the featured events like tea ceremonies, crafts, Ikebana classes (Japanese flower arranging), and meditation and yoga sessions.

The Japan Society (http://www.japan-society.org) organizes homestays, an annual festival, and a few other cultural and educational programs to promote friendship between Japan and the United States.

The San Diego Bonsai Society (http://www.sandiegobonsaiclub.com) preserves Japanese gardening traditions through education, meetings, and local events. Bonsai gardeners grow miniature, realistic versions of larger plants.

The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego preserves artifacts, photographs, taped interviews, and other information about the contributions Japanese Americans have made to the San Diego region. You can see this historical collection at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park.

When you’re taking Japanese lessons in San Diego, you have lots of unique opportunities to explore Japanese culture and history. Visiting these places will help you have a more fun, well-rounded learning experience, so make sure you take advantage of all of the great Japanese resources right here in San Diego!

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Learn to speak and read Japanese, have fun, and get considerably better results than you would in a class.

Or use this as a supplement to an existing class and completely surpass it's standards.

Explore the methods that make it possible to be conversational within a year.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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About Walker P.

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Students can bring their homework, and work one-on-one with grammar that troubles them most; we can hold test prep. AND, since I have a lot of experience in conversation and interpretation, I can lead conversations to develop your Japanese speaking abilities.

About Walker
Working with teens and adults, I'm learning that language is about connection. What do you connect to in this culture, in these sounds, this perspective? Language expands our power to connect with the world. Sometimes that means enjoying foreign cartoons, at other times making conversation in another country, maybe even reading and writing tweets across the globe. Whatever your motivation may be, I am here to encourage and guide your growth and goals. I've studied and lived in both France and Japan, and built relationships with acquaintances and long term friends alike through these languages. Tutoring I began first with fellow students at DePaul in 2012, facilitating round table discussion with exchange students, and working as an English conversation partner. Since then I've been leading group classes with homeschool students in a Chica
go Co-Op, as well as with private clients in person and online. There is great wonder in language and crossing into new territory; this drives me to share what I have learned with all the people who want to learn too. Focus and determination, along with the right resources and support, can bring you towards your goals. I am here to help.
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Sebastien October 17, 2015
· Japanese · In home
Walker is very organized and has been an excellent teacher for my son.
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Redar August 10, 2015
· English · In studio
Thank you very much for helping me, You are one of the best tutor which I had during my study at ELA(DePaul Language Academy). Walker has a great personality and patient for teaching his students the best language skills. Walker`s subjects is not only enhances the language skills, but also the way how a student has to interact with environment which he lives in. He uses different teaching approaches such as games, sports conversation , and deep cultural conversation to make a student gain enough self-confidence to use the language properly. Besides that, his correct use of language skills enhances the students capability for taking more space, and feel more comfortable using the language. Thank you for teaching me English, thank you for making me feel comfortable while I am talking mine 6th language. The most important part of his tutoring sections is the way who he provides the information about the cultural environment, so to help the students to be solid against any culture shock waves. Thank you again for being such a great tutor. Thank you for encouragements, They helped me to feel more confidence while I am using the language for my academic purpose and among my friends.
"سوباس تۆ ماموستایکی باش بوی"
"كنت أفضل معلم"
"Je bent best mentor"
"En iyi öğretmen vardır"
"Siz yaxşı tərbiyəçi var"
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Katherine August 7, 2015
· Japanese · In studio
Walker is an awesome instructor. He's funny and warm and practicing conversation is always something I looked forward to! He's hands-down my favourite tutor I've ever had. As Japanese is such a complicated language, that's saying a lot. I had tons of problems with grammatical rules and Walker really made me feel at ease with his easy to understand explanations. I learned more Japanese in our weekly conversation sessions than I did in a year of my college classes. ウォーカー先生、ありがとうございます!^ - ^
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About Nina M.

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Experienced Japanese tutor available for eager students who are new to Japanese or want to strengthen their skills! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of grammar, cultural understanding and essential vocabulary. I specialize in every day Japanese, typically use the Genki books, and also have audio, movie/show clips, workbooks and other valuable resources available to use during lessons.

About Nina
Hi! My name is Nina and I am an Oakland University graduate with a B.A. in Japanese, a minor in Studio Art and extensive study in American Sign Language (ASL) and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).

I have tutored school age children at the YMCA, college students in Japanese and Sign Language at the Oakland University Tutoring Center and am currently tutoring ESL/EFL with the Oakland Literacy Council. I have also taught privately for 3 years and received tutor certifications from both OU and OLC.

I am very patient and understanding of different learning style/paces, skilled at making personalized lessons/curriculum, flexible, fun and give extra exercise/practice in difficult topics. When tutoring, I use mixed methods to help a student learn such as reading, writing, listening exercises, quizzes, conversation practice, an
d cultural education.

If you would be interested in lessons, I would be very happy to speak with you! Please reach out to me anytime!
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Ryan D. October 6, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Great first lesson! Looking forward to more.
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Marlandis Fielding October 2, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
She is an amazing instructor who works at your pace. Extremely knowledgeable and has an answer for every question you may have.
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Robert August 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Patience and has a great personality, she tries to accommodate her students as much as possible.
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About Yoojin K.

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Hajimemashite!
My name is Yoojin. I lived in Japan for 7 years. The Japanese language is very interesting, and I understand how badly you want to learn it! I'd be happy to show you all the secrets of the Japanese language. Let's learn together!

About Yoojin
Hi guys! My name is YooJin. I'm from South Korea and I came to America 2 years ago. Before I came to America, I lived in Japan for 7 years. I like to study language and teach. When I studied in Japan, I taught Korean to Japanese people, which was a very valuable experience for me. I was able to meet many wonderful people and make many new friends.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing the Korean and/or Japanese languages with you. If you're looking for enjoyable language study to meet your goals, you've found the right person!
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Rick August 8, 2017
· Korean · Online
Yoojin, is an excellent instructor! She is always in a good mood, promoting a great learning atmosphere. She presents the material in such a way that makes learning fun. One of the best instructors I have ever had.
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Meredith August 4, 2017
· Korean · Online
She is very nice and easy to learn from. She explains everything so great and if I have any questions or need her to slow down she adjusts to fit my needs! She's the best!!! I've only had one lesson from her so far and I can't wait for my next lesson. She makes a difficult language to learn simple and clear.
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Nina July 11, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Yoojin is a fabulous teacher! Very thorough and makes learning fun!
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Improve your Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills from lessons taught by an instructor with a degree in Japanese language. I lived in Japan for 15 years, teaching at high school, university and business levels. I can also offer insights into Japanese culture and living in Japan. I have devised a "crash course" in Japanese which is ideal for those planning to relocate or visit soon.

About Kevin
I am an English language instructor (native-speaker) with over 18 years of teaching experience, the nine most recent of which have been in post-secondary, diplomatic, and university settings. My qualifications include an M.A. TESOL (New York University) with a 4.0 GPA, B.A. in Japanese and Linguistics (Massey University), and Cambridge CELTA. I have extensive experience teaching a diverse range of adult English Language Learners in the USA, Belgium, and Japan. My most recent teaching positions involved instructing academic, professional, and general EFL courses at the New York University ALI Tokyo Center and academic English courses at Waseda University in Japan. I have also taught English to junior and senior high school students in Japan. I am a reliable, well-organized, positive, and cooperative individual with a love of teaching, em
powering, and motivating my students to help them fulfill their potential. I would truly appreciate the opportunity to contribute to your learning.
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Harsha R. October 15, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
It was a good experience. I especially liked the attention Kevin gave to details such as how to say particular syllables, the mouth movement etc..
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Rose October 8, 2017
· ESL · Online
Kevin is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and provides many useful suggestions to help me achieve my goal. So far I have benefited a lot from teaching experiences he shared during the class. He is also very willing to accommodate for my learning needs. I highly recommend his class!
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I have my own teaching method based on my past experience and research, and I incorporate the use of a textbook into my teachings only as a form of review. Students are able to learn all the basic knowledge and information that they need before even opening up a textbook.

About Kazumasa
I am a Japanese national and have been living in the United States since 2001. I studied at Shizuoka University in Japan and my major was education. My courses focused on international culture and the classes prepared me to teach the Japanese language and culture to foreigners.

I am currently teaching more than 20 classes a week including classes at a language school and private tutoring, So far, through the many years of being a tutor, l taught and am still currently teaching Americans, British, Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos and others, ranging from elementary students to retirees privately and tutored them in various aspects of Japanese depending on their individual needs through English instruction.

The thing I love most about tutoring is seeing the face and eyes of a student that has been having a difficult time with a lesson, w
hen he/she finally grasps what I have been trying to teach them. Another favorite thing about tutoring is watching the evolution of a student over time and knowing that I am solely responsible for that progression. I am very thorough and patient when it comes to tutoring my students. I will go to any length to make sure that whatever it is that I am teaching them will be absorbed by them resulting in their betterment, thereby building a sound foundation from which to build.

Let's start broadening your Japanese conversation by talking about what interests you the most right now! Please feel free to contact me to help you achieve your goals!
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Zach August 21, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Really great Sensei! Knowledgeable, Kind, Thoughtful & Polite. Mr. Kazumasa worked with me personally to design a curriculum and improve my Reading/Speaking/Listening&Understanding abilities drastically over 4 months in preparation for my language test. I had not used Japanese for more than 10 years, but with Mr. Kazumasa's patience, and dedication, I gained much needed confidence and performed very well. He goes above and beyond to ensure your success.
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Daniel August 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
I've had several different tutors throughout college and I have to admit that Ueno sensei was the best tutor that I've ever had.
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Im fluent in both Japanese and English. I lived in Tokyo and Yokohama Japan for 6 years throughout elementary school, middle school and high school.
Japanese can be really complicated and hard to learn but I can help you with speaking writing and reading Japanese while having a wonderful time!
Shoot me a message if you think we're a good match! I'm excited to get to know you!

About Grace
Hi I'm Grace! I've lived in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan and am half Japanese. I can fluently speak, write, and read Japanese, and I am able to teach all three. I attend the University of North Texas. Contact me if you need help!
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julian September 8, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
She starts at with flash cards and takes it nice and slow and then when you start getting it she'll quiz you in them and will make you think about each word. Then she taught me to write hiragana which was cool. She's a nice teacher with a great smile, really enjoyable.
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I have experience teaching Japanese for kids (5-7 years old), middle/high school students, and university students. I am a native speaker of Japanese and have an M.A. in Japanese pedagogy, so, teaching Japanese is my professional career. I recently moved to Seattle from the LA area. I would love to teach you Japanese so that you can use it practically in real life for your own purpose, such as communication, writing, homework for Japanese class, or anything!

About Mei
I am a Japanese teacher and have experience teaching various ages of students, from kids to University students. I am a Japanese native speaker and moved to the U.S. a couple of years ago. I have a M.A. in Japanese pedagogy, so I apply cutting edge language teaching theories to my Japanese teaching. However, more importantly, I will give you lessons that specifically answer your needs and purposes for learning Japanese, at your level. I can teach from beginning to advanced level. So, please let me know your experience in learning Japanese and what you want to do by learning Japanese! Let’s have fun and learn Japanese
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When the child is born he or she can not immidiately talk and they learn their own native language mostly from the parents in the family. Taking it like a game! To formate such a friendly relaxed atmospere family-like atmoshere is the most important task of the Teacher ot the Tutor. But do not forget that when the children start to behave incorrectly, or their own way, they may recieve not even strictly speaking phisical or moral punishment not even condemnation. Never! Encouragement that mistakes are possible but still Learning backgound and Investigaring, Exploring spirit can turn to be the solid basis of the progress in learning. Better to make you thinking not only about beloved yourselves but about others. That is one of the important basic of the Japanese moral and social norms

About Anatoly
Even hard working and learning are the best jnly with a hearted honest smile. One of the best ways to master foreign language is through the local culture (folclore) and hillbilly music. Both are international as some kind of the borderless instrument. One should learn letters and musical notes but without studying of the approaches to harmony he could hardly approach to the balance The instrument is plain but hardly understandable alone. Together we can master everything!
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