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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!

About Mari M.

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Konnichiwa!!!! My name is Mari Mizutani and I am a native Japanese speaker fluent in both English and Japanese. I grew up in the States but speak Japanese regularly with my parents and Japanese friends.
Are you going to japan and want to learn some key phrases? I can help!
Do you need someone to practice Japanese with? I can help!!
My lessons are in 30 minute increments.
Let’s start learning!!

About Mari
Welcome to my music studio!

This will be a fun, incredible way to start or continue your music instruction. I have been a private violin and piano instructor since 1991. I took a break in 2005 while my kids were little. Now that they have grown up a bit, I am so excited to come back to this!

My teaching methods involve reading notes. I do not teach the Suzuki method. If that is what you are looking for, I can refer you to some wonderful local teachers. I will have 2 recitals a year and some workshops and clinics in between.

Thank you and I am looking forward to taking this musical journey with you!

Recitals and Performances: I will schedule 2 recitals a year and I highly encourage students to attend and participate in both.

Practice: A student's progress is 100% based on the practicing that takes place at home. I recom
mend having a scheduled time everyday that is dedicated to uninterrupted practice time. For 30 minute lessons, I recommend a 30 minute practice.

Books and Materials: On the first day, I will have books that you can buy from me. Please bring books to every lesson.
PIANO STUDENTS: It is crucial that you have a working piano at home. While I understand it's a huge commitment to buy/rent a piano, playing on a keyboard is not the same. The exception is if you have a full size keyboard (88 keys), with touch sensitivity.
VIOLIN/VIOLA STUDENTS: PLEASE consult me before you buy/rent a violin. There are several places that you can buy a violin 'package' for $99. For not much more, you can have a violin that is higher quality and will sound better. Remember, you only sound as good as your instrument! I know several reputable places that rent instruments that are of high quality.

Summer Schedule: I will try and be as accommodating as possible for the summer. If you know already which days you will be gone, let me know and we can work it into the calendar.

My approach to teaching lessons has always been with a gentle, calm demeanor. However, that said, I do want my students to excel and feel challenged. If at any time, you have concerns, please don't hesitate to talk to me about them. I want this to be a fun experience and the only way to ensure that is to make sure that the port of communication is always open. Thank you and let's get started!
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Anne April 4, 2019
· Piano · In studio
I absolutely loved learning from Mari for my piano lessons! As an adult learner, I felt like my brain doesn't work as fast as it used to, so learning a new instrument was difficult, but Mari completely caters each lesson to my learning speed and maximized my abilities. She takes into accounts the areas and types of music I wanted to learn and helped me to achieve being able to play that type of music. I also loved and appreciated that she works around my busy work schedule and accommodating lessons when plans change throughout the week. I would highly recommend Mari as a music teacher to anyone interested in learning a new instrument at all ages!
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Paul S. August 29, 2014
· Violin · In studio
Great violin teacher!!! My daughter can now do vibrato and play at a much higher level.
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Mari M.

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About Hiromi S.

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Louisville, KY

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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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Miah February 22, 2018
· Japanese · Online
My daughter is so excited to have more lessons!
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Phillip February 9, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Hiromi is great. Very astute and patient. Very attentive and adaptive to my needs. So far it's great!
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Riley C. January 24, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Hiromi is an excellent teacher!

Very good instruction and explanation!
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About Hikaru I.

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Columbia, SC
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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!

About Hikaru
はじめまして & thank you for taking a moment to check out my profile! I'm originally from Tokyo Japan, and I moved to NY with my family during high school. I've completed Master's degrees in Language Education & Communication, and Bachelor's Degrees in Music Performance and Political Science. I enjoyed organizing and running language study groups in college, and experienced working as a Japanese TA for several semesters. I LOVE to teach in general, whether it's music or languages, and I personalize most of my teaching materials for individual student. Let me know what YOUR unique short/long-term goals are, along with interest topics, and we'll work it out! Thanks again, and I'm excited to hear from you!
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Nestor B. March 29, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Excellent!!
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Dane L. March 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Really enjoying our lessons so far! Hikaru is very flexible, which has really worked out well for me. Since I live in Japan our schedules are very different, but we've been able to make it work nonetheless. She always has lesson plans put together and sends you the PDF's before each lesson. If you are curious about things not in the lesson plan, she's always happy to explore that with you as well. Most importantly, she makes you feel comfortable while you are trying to read and speak Japanese. Thank you, Hikaru!
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Harry February 10, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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About Lily S.

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I've been studying Japanese got 7 years now. I can teach you basic Japanese.

About Lily
I've been sewing since I was 13. I've sewn things over the years such as dresses, pajamas. I do a lot of tailoring things too. I just love to sew, and I love teaching people to sew too!

The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. I have students work on their own individual projects that they pick out while asking me questions that they might have while they are doing their project.

However, if they would like there is an option for me to develop lessons for the student on certain sewing techniques that the student could learn. Although, be aware that learning how to sew takes time and that all the techniques of sewing cannot be done all at once.

Then, there is the third option that the lesson could be a mix of the student doing what they want (choosing their own project) and learning some pre-designed
techniques.

My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. I would like for all of my students within the first lesson to finish either of two basic projects (pajama pants or a draw string bag).

My lessons are not like videos you may find online. Meaning projects will take longer than you think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project without too many frustrations and in a timely manner. I recommend buying lessons in 90 minute packages, since sewing always takes longer than expected.

THE BEGINNER SEWER

In these lessons we will go over the following, which can be adapted to how you want:

- Sewing safety and how to use a machine
- Learn about the sewing tools you'll be using
- How to read, cut out, layout, and follow a basic pattern instructions
- How to pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems
- Learn to sew on an elastic band (to pajamas or for a tote).
- Learn how to unpick your projects when a mistake is made.
- Learn how to do a basic stitch and the gather stitch.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS:
- Pajamas
- Sewing Tote
- Basic Dress
- Pillow case

THE INTERMEDIATE SEWER
- Cement what you learned in the while a beginner.
- Learn to hand sew hems etc.
- Learn about different fabrics and when to use them.
- Sew a basic zipper onto clothes or bags.
- Learn about the different foots.
- Learn to do other stitches
-TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Intermediate Dresses/ Clothes
- Bags
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THE ADVANCED SEWER
- Work on your own projects you choose with help.
- Work with harder fabrics.
-Use a zipper foot to sew an invisible zipper.
- Learn to do advanced stitches
-Learn about pleats and darts.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Prom dress
- Suits
- Formal Coats
- Backpacks

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.
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Yvonne April 17, 2019
· WordPress · Online
Learned a lot. Thank you Lily
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Liz April 4, 2019
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Fantastic experience, Lily is very clear friendly communicator and is patient and thoughtful with her instruction. Really customized the lesson to my wants and needs and looking forward to our next session!
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Martha March 21, 2019
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Good first lesson, I look forward to working with her as we get better acquainted.
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Lily S.

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About Cokko K.

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Quincy, MA
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Experienced teach of 6 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate/advance student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Let's get started! more easy way to learn Japanese I know.

About Cokko
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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Cokko K.

Quincy, MA 02169
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About Julian R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I might not be Japanese, but I've been studying it for 8+ years now and have grasped professional fluency of the language. In fact, it may be easier for me to explain things to you as an experienced learner of the subject, as I will be able to guide you through what it takes to reach fluency in this extremely challenging language.

About Julian
My name is Julian - I'm an experienced programmer with 4 years of tutoring and teaching experience under my buckle. I founded my own company a little under a year ago because of my love for video games and the continuous drive to make millions of gamers around the world feel the passion in the games my team have been developing.

I look to bring this drive to teaching, which is a passion that I have adored for a while now primarily because of the extensive hours I have spent teaching my two younger siblings all sorts of school work (math, English, social studies, science).

If you want to learn programming from scratch and are looking for someone who can break down seemingly complex concepts into an easily understandable level (adjusted for any age), then pass me a question! I look forward to hearing back from you all :).
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Julian R.

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$35 / 30-min

About Mitch H.

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San Jose, CA
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Hello,

With over 8 years experience in tutoring, I have learned what methods work and those that don’t. I’m upbeat, patient, easy going, empathetic, and generally well-liked by others. I’m very good at adapting to different learning styles and have a knack for eliciting the best out of my students through motivation and positive reinforcement.

Throughout university, and after, I mentored many students with great results. In addition to academics I helped them get the most out of their college experience. Everyone I helped benefited greatly, and one runs a very successful consulting business.

I recently returned from spending 2 years in Japan. My current level is JLPT N4.

About Mitch
Whether you're completely lost, just need a little help, or need some test/note taking tips I can be very helpful. My patient, easy going, and positive mindset is very conducive to creating a great learning atmosphere. I can also be very useful to those that aren't motivated, I have a knack for finding the source of motivation for others.

Are you frustrated with the college application process? I can assist in this area and in aclimating to college environment. I've mentored many students through college, with great success.

Hope to work with you soon.
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Yahi C May 2, 2019
· Algebra 2 · Online
Great teacher
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Mitch H.

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About Amy O.

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Torrance, CA
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Experienced teaching in Japan for beginner/intermediate student.

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Amy O.

Online
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$42 / 30-min

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