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Learning Japanese Language and Culture in Boston

By Kaoru N. - Boston Japanese Teacher

If you’re interested in taking Japanese lessons in Boston, you’re in a great place to learn both the language and the culture. I have lived in the United States for more than 10 years, and I have been in five other cities besides Boston including Nashville, San Antonio, Seattle, New York, and Cleveland. I've met a lot of people in these cities who loved to learn about Japanese culture, and they often pointed out that it was difficult to get in touch with actual Japanese people and Japanese culture. This is not the case in Boston; the city has a strong connection with Japanese culture.

Living in Boston, I have always felt the strong bond between the city and my culture. This relationship continues to grow as new Japanese businesses and establishments continue to develop and thrive. Now, there's even a direct flight to Tokyo from Boston, which makes traveling to Japan much easier!

One of the best parts of learning about any new culture is trying new foods. There are several Japanese restaurants in the Boston area. Many of the ramen (Japanese noodles) restaurants are Japanese owned and operated. Even if you don’t have a car, or live far away from some of these restaurants, they're all easily accessible by public transit.

Gyukaku is a franchised Yakiniku restaurant. Yakiniku is Japanese barbecue. The servers bring out raw meat, and you can grill it yourself at your table. This is a very fun dining experience for families or groups of friends. Even though it’s a franchise, the food is very authentic. The Boston branch is located right by the train stop, so you don’t have to worry about traffic or parking.

Besides the delicious Japanese restaurants, there are several other opportunities to experience Japanese culture in Boston. The Kaji Aso Studio hosts local events, puts on authentic Japanese tea ceremonies, and offers courses on calligraphy, art, and Japanese culture. You can also visit the Michiko Studios, where calligraphy master, Michiko Imai, displays her art and teaches calligraphy classes. To find out more about more local Japanese events, check out the Japan Society of Boston website (http://www.japansocietyboston.org/).

I mentioned authentic food and traditional culture, but now it’s time to talk about the Japanese subculture you will find here in Boston. There are several festivals and events every year. One of the biggest events is Anime Boston (www.animeboston.com), an annual convention devoted to Japanese anime and games. People dress up in costume as their favorite characters, and there are several fun events and contests.

If you’re thinking of taking Japanese lessons in Boston, there are lots of great opportunities to experience the Japanese culture. Now it’s time to get out there and explore everything the city has to offer. Study hard, but don’t forget to have fun!

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*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:

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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 along.

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
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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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Rajeev July 18, 2017
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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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I am a native Japanese speaker from Tokyo. Currently, I am an instructor at the Greater Louisville Regional Japanese Saturday School, which provides courses entirely in Japanese. Whether you want to improve your reading or writing skills, or you are simply looking for a conversation partner, let me know!

About Hiromi
I am a student at Ball State University, pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Robert Palmer. As a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies, I have worked as an accompanist and taught ear training, group piano, and private piano lessons. Prior to Ball State University, I studied at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University where I earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance, respectively. To expand my expertise in music, I have attended summer music festivals and conferences including Adamant Music School and “Musical Summer at the Mill” International Masterclasses & Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. Recently, I presented my lecture recital on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau at College Music Society regional conferences in North Dakota, Montana,
and New York. I was an recipient of the outstanding student presentation award at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, 2014.
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Aviva September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter had a wonderful experience with Hiromi. She is looking forward to working with her again next week!
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Hao December 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Just the first leson but i love the way she explained and teached
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Noah October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Hiromi is wonderful. This was my 13 year old son's first lesson on piano, and Hiromi tailor made the lesson to fit his level of experience. He was able to improv and experiment with the keyboard, and Hiromi guided him through perfectly, while then following up with structure. Thanks to Hiromi and a wonderful first lesson. :)
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About Kaoru N.

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I'm originally from Tokyo, Japan.
I have been in U.S.A for 10 years already, though…
Since I'm a Japanese, bunch of people have asked me to teach and I always helped them when I have time.

I even took a Japanese class to learn how people study the language in college class, I can help people in college class method.
I also have materials that help you to improve writing and reading.
I know reading and writing are tough. But step by step, you definitely master those!

Let's talk what you want to know and why are you interested in the language. Maybe because of Anime? Comic? or even some pop music? I can easily find those media to help you.

Class start from talking about what you like, who you are. Speak as much as you can or write in English then translate it into Japanese.
If you have no clue in writing, I give you materials to study "Hiragana' and "Katakana." if you are already comfortable of those letters, I'll move on to easy "kanji."
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About Kaoru
Hello, my name is Kaoru N.
I'm originally from Tokyo Japan and just graduated from Berklee college of music in 2013 as dual major of "Classic Composition" and "Contemporary Writing & Production" major.
Back in my home, I taught Karate to kids since 1996 to 2001.
I have tutored Japanese language and guitar, sometime even Karate to whoever interested in those things. I hope you are the next one who I can teach.
I have very good materials for learning Japanese and guitar that I use in my coaching all the time.
Let's start from figuring out what's your goal so I can help you out to achieve the goal.
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Phillip S. March 14, 2017
· Japanese · Online
A very encouraging and knowledgable teacher. I would definitely recommend!
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Melody M. January 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He Is a kind, and experienced instructor. Feel lucky I selected him😊
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About Erika M.

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I am a Japanese teacher specializing in teaching intermediate and advanced levels. Although all levels are welcome, usually my students are highly motivated college students or adults who wish to study or work in Japan. I look forward to working with you!

[Academic Japanese, Business Japanese, Conversational Japanese, Japanese Writing, JLPT preparation]

About Erika
Minasan konnichiwa! My name is Erika. I was born and grew up in Saitama Pref., Japan. For those of you who don’t know where it is, Saitama is Tokyo’s neighbor to the north. The movie “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” directed by Hayao Miyazaki is actually based on hills in my hometown!

I moved to San Diego, CA in 2013 after I received my first MA in Literature. I went to San Diego State University and earned my second MA in Applied Linguistics in 2015. I also earned Advanced Certificate in TESL/TEFL from SDSU, which helped me reassess my perspectives on teaching and learning. I have been teaching Japanese both in Japan and the US for almost 10 years, and currently teach at SDSU and UC San Diego Extension besides private lessons as well as business/medical translating. I always enjoy teaching and love helping my students learn new
culture!

***Lesson Details***

All levels are welcome, though many of my students are intermediate-advanced levels. I assess your proficiency level based on my experience as a teacher and a linguist. According to your learning goals, I tailor a teaching plan so it meets your needs and objectives of studying Japanese. What would you like to learn, the language itself or the culture as well? Here are the main lessons I offer to students:

- Conversational Japanese (business, academic)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparation
- Writing support (business, academic, or personal)

Conversational Japanese lessons are aimed at improving your listening and speaking skills while working on increasing your vocabulary. We also review grammar points if necessary. This will help you pick up cultural and social cues in everyday conversation. The JLPT preparation and writing support courses are mainly for advanced students, who wish to achieve higher goals. The test is taken not only by students who want to study in Japan but also by people who want to measure their progress in Japanese. It’s very useful for you to set a learning goal, so you have direction in your studies, motivation to continue, and measurable results that you can check to review your progress.

For all lessons, I choose teaching materials that students would be interested such as Japanese News websites or short videos. If you have a textbook you’ve been working on and are going to learn with me regularly, I would make lesson plans based on it too. Basically each student receives their own lesson plans.

***PLEASE READ!!***
- 48 hours notice for cancellations and reschedule.
- If you would like to have a lesson outside of the listed hours, please let me know. I will try to accommodate your schedule.
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David July 4, 2017
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Erika is an amazing teacher who always gives 100% to the lesson. She prepares for each individual lesson, makes it interesting and fun. You can tell she has an extensive experience in teaching, enjoys helping you and wants you to improve. I like how patient she is as well.
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Perry June 8, 2017
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Erika is a great teacher, very personable and easy to talk with.
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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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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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Lessons are going great and my son is learning a lot fast!
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that my 2 clas I like it. she is good she tray to tech me like how I want to learn. bout this time she is knot that active. bout I stell recommend hear for you.
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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 am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis.
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

About Jessie
I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis. 
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

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I have been in love with language my whole life. This led to learning and studying English for the past 30 years. In learning English I rediscovered my love of Japanese language as well. I would like to share my enthusiasm for Japanese language with you.

I grew up in a family in which everyone was a t
eacher including my grandmothers, grandfather, aunts, uncle, and my parents. My family inspired me to become an educator as well where I would have the chance to make a difference in students' educational, social, and emotional well-being. I earned my teaching credential from Kochi Women's University in Japan and a Master's in Intercultural communication from Kobe University, Japan.

During graduate school days, I worked as a tutor for international Master's and PhD students to assist them on their theses in Japanese. After I moved to Los Angeles, I started my career in the corporate world, and have worked in the US, Canada and Japan for last 15 years. In Canada, I taught Classic Japanese and Chinese Poetry at Toronto Japanese School as a high school teacher.
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The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons in Boston is $40. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $40 per hour.

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