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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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Japanese is my pet subject, and I am passionate about both learning and teaching it! Whether you're about to start learning yourself or are already learning and looking for extra help, congratulations! I have been teaching Japanese for two years to a variety of students, such as college students and military preparing to be stationed in Okinawa. Teaching Japanese is a particular passion of mine, because even though I wanted to learn as a high-schooler I had to wait until my sophomore year of college to find a teacher. Japanese learning should be far more easily accessible, and that's what I'm here for! Whatever your goal is, to learn Japanese for professional purposes, private purposes, or even just to watch your favorite TV programs without subtitles, I make it my personal goal to help you achieve it. I look forward to helping you succeed with Japanese!

About Emily
Howdy! I have an undergraduate degree in Classics and an MA in ancient history, and I have been teaching/tutoring since 2009. I know first-hand how much hard work can achieve, but my experience in teaching has also taught me that the work doesn't have to be so hard when a student has experienced, dedicated help. That's what I'm here for! I have done both paid and volunteer teaching, and I have worked both for myself and for a university. I have taught a wide range of students - ADD students, injured students unable to attend normal classes, struggling students - in a variety of environments. I have experience teaching to groups and individuals; face-to-face, chat-room style, and via video conferencing. I teach language because I have a passion for it, and my goal with my students, whether they are learning a new language or furthering the
ir native English skills, is always to help them achieve their own language learning goals. I look forward to helping you achieve yours!
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Fran January 20, 2018
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Amy November 13, 2017
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LOVE HER AND HER CAT SO MUCH!!!!
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Amy October 23, 2017
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SO AWESOME!!!!
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During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a president of SUNY Albany Japanese Student Association and also worked as a TA for Japanese 101 classes, and I absolutely love to teach languages! I understand it is often very hard to find a language tutor outside of the spoken community, and I hope to provide you with the opportunity to be exposed to authentic media sources to acquire natural fluency. Hope to hear from you soon!

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はじめまして!My name is Hikaru. I'm originally from Tokyo Japan, and this is my eighth year living in NY so it feels like my second home now. I'm currently pursuing my Master's degrees at SUNY Albany for Language Education and Communication and completed my Bachelor's Degrees in Music Department, Music Performance and Political Science. I LOVE to teach languages and also the enjoyment in devoting your time to music! Excited to hear from you!
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Dane L. February 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Loved it! Hikaru is very fun and easy to talk to and makes you feel comfortable practicing the language. I'm definitely looking forward to our next session!
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David January 12, 2018
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Very patient and humble.
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Over the past three years I have taught Japanese to over 30 students from all over the world.
I am willing to teach students of all ages. Beginner to advanced speakers welcome!

About Aimi
I was born and raised in Japan. Over the past five years I have taught Japanese to over 50 students from all over the world. I am willing to teach students of all ages. Beginner to advanced speakers welcome.
If you want to learn Japanese, I can teach you online. It's very easy and fun!
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Antionette L. January 17, 2018
· Japanese · Online
She's absolutely fantastic! It was such a joy having her teach me about the language and the culture. 先生は一番大好きです。日本語を練習して来ます。ありがとうございます!
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Jose V. December 11, 2017
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This was an amazing experience. Aimi made time to fit my busy schedule. She was extremely flexible and responded to my needs in a timely manner. I was very impressed with the effort she devoted into ensuring that my Japanese language needs were addressed. This has obviously been a great beginning. Thank you.
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Nastasya December 1, 2017
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The lesson went very well. Aimi is very interactive.
The only small problem was the distraction created by a presrnce of 8 months baby crawling and making sounds.
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I grew up speaking both Japanese and English at home and understand the difficulty of trying to juggle both languages! Whether you want to learn a new language, or simply want to brush up on your Japanese skills, I am always happy to be of help! Lessons will include reading, writing, listening, and speaking (both formal and colloquial styles). I typically use the Genki and Tobira books and also like to introduce students to classic and modern Japanese literature as a way to enhance the students’ cultural knowledge. I welcome beginning and intermediate Japanese students!

About Mona
I'm an active flutist and Japanese enthusiast living in Boston! I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a flute performance degree and Japanese minor and am now pursuing graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. I believe that learning music should be fun and inspiring, but that 95% of artistry is simply hard work! I, therefore, create a positive and encouraging environment for all of my students, while still setting challenging goals. Additionally, I tailor my teaching to fit each student’s needs so that learning potential can be maximized. Stylistic choices in musical expression/phrasing are encouraged through the incorporation of music theory, music history, and ear training skills into lessons. I also believe that body awareness is important, and will include stretches and practice methods into each lesson,
so students can practice efficiently and prevent injuries!

I grew up speaking both Japanese and English and welcome beginning Japanese students!
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Robert February 3, 2018
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Warren M. December 19, 2017
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Terrific first lesson. Almost immediate improvement in tone thanks to a few simple, easy to remember cues. Stretching exercises and body stance were emphasized as a foundation to build for quality sound as well as care to prevent injury.
I almost can't wait for my next lesson.
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Rebecca July 9, 2017
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Mona knows what she's doing and is very kind. Not only are the links that she sends you during the lesson helpful but she explains when you'd use the words and helps you understand the appropriate situations for when you use them. She is very friendly and a wonderful teacher that will listen to your questions and answer them and her answers are never halfhearted. I completely would recommend her as a Japanese tutor/Instructor if you wish to learn how to speak and write Japanese while still having that relaxing environment.
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Hello!  こんにちは! If you are looking for FUN and EFFECTIVE Japanese tutor, I am here for you!!! I can help to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and I can provide specific lessons for all level of JLPT. After you provide me your goal and request, I can create a specific lesson for you.
I was born in Japan but I lived in America for years and have traveled quite a bit.
Also I have been a Japanese tutor for american students in US for years more than 380 hours and I understand how difficult to keep the motivation for studying language. I can help you to keep your motivation to reach your goal! Additionally, I have six years of experience in Japanese public schools and lived in many cities in Japan. We can share many unique Japanese culture that I experienced and studied in Japan.
I have a PhD in Japan, so I am good at academic writing and logical thinking in Japanese too.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :)
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About Yukari
Hello!  こんにちは! If you are looking for FUN and EFFECTIVE Japanese tutor, I am here for you!!! I can help to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and I can provide specific lessons for all level of JLPT. After you provide me your goal and request, I can create a specific lesson for you.
I was born in Japan but I lived in America for years and have traveled quite a bit.
Also I have been a Japanese tutor for american students in US for years more than 380 hours and I understand how difficult to keep the motivation for studying language. I can help you to keep your motivation to reach your goal! Additionally, I have six years of experience in Japanese public schools and lived in many cities in Japan. We can share many unique Japanese culture that I experienced and studied in Japan.
I have a PhD in Japan, so I am
good at academic writing and logical thinking in Japanese too.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :)
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Yoojeong E. July 19, 2016
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She was very patience, and professional. I appreciated her calness and abilitity to troubleshoot in terms of the level and needs of my language skill.
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Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Let's get started!

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Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Lets's get started.
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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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Jason December 1, 2017
· Japanese · In home
Super. He is flexible and prepared.
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Zach August 21, 2017
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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
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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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I'm looking for students who are really willing to put in the effort to learn the Japanese language. It's no easy task, I know from experience. Fortunately, I have used my own experience learning the language to write my own textbook so that I can teach in a way that makes it all easier and more intuitive for students.

About Chase
To me, teaching Japanese isn't just a job, it's something that I truly enjoy. Since I am not a native speaker, I have the experience of going through all the same struggles that my students do when learning Japanese. Fortunately, I have been able to use my own experience with learning Japanese to make it easier for my students. All of the tips and tricks that I have gathered through many years of studying the language are all available to my students. I even went so far as to make my own textbook. I found that the textbooks available did a poor job of teaching the content in a way that was smooth and intuitive for English speakers. I was able to put a stop to those problems by making my own book. I'm always looking for new students that are willing to put in the effort to really learn the language. I hope you can be one of those people!
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