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Aozora delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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I am a Japanese-English bilingual and published poet and writer excited to help you develop your Japanese and English language and writing skills!

I love the Japanese language and like to read Japanese novels and manga. I'm a very encouraging, positive and happy person, and would love to help you develop your Japanese!

My mother is from Nagoya, and I grew up speaking exclusively in Japanese at my home in Illinois. I am a professional translator and studied abroad in Tokyo during my senior year of high school, and attended a Japanese Saturday School for nine years.

I graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Creative Writing, and have a passion for language and writing, as well! I have also published two chapbooks of poetry and am currently writing a memoir with my father. I am a skilled editor and writer, so please reach out to me if you'd like any writing tutoring!

I am looking forward to meeting you :)

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After-School Tutor and Japanese Teacher
Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
America Reads, Y.O.U. Evanston

Tutored middle school children with math, reading and writing. Taught a weekly Japanese lesson to small group of students.


Creative Writing, Poetry
Sep 2011 - Jun 2015
Northwestern University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


C.V. Starr Fellowship
May 2013
Northwestern University


Phi Beta Kappa
Jun 2014

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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3 Reviews

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Mei Ling Nov 13, 2017
Japanese · Online

Aozora is very easygoing and helpful! I enjoy our lessons and her enthusiasm 😄

Kirk C. Oct 15, 2017
Japanese · Online

Aozora was great with me as a beginning student of Japanese. She was very well prepared with a lesson plan structured for my learning goals, and set ground rules and taught me simple japanese phrases right from the start limiting our interactions in english to ensure our lesson was truly a Japanese language lesson. Aozora, was also very patient and engaging which made learning Japanese relaxing and enjoyable. I would highly recommend Aozora to anyone trying to learn Japanese.

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Annie B. Oct 6, 2017
Creative Writing · Online

Aozora ROCKS. She is absolutely amazing. I've taken a lot of classes and courses in my life and it is so refreshing to meet someone with so much enthusiasm for her subject and for making sure you succeed. She prepared above and beyond my expectations for our lesson and I feel well-supported and taken care of in the pursuit of my creative writing and publication goals and dreams - I've already signed up for more of her classes. Thank you, Aozora!

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