Mike Viscusi

Mike V.

Vandalia, OH

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hi y'all, my name is Mike and I am a Japanese language speaking professional. By day, I am a mechanical engineer for a small Japanese press machine company in Dayton, Ohio, but by night, I am a Japanese language instructor (with my own blog, known as Simple Gaijin). If you are ready to make the step to learn one of the world's most difficult languages in a fun, supportive way, leave it to the Gaijin!
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Mike delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+

Teaching since:
August 2011

Japanese has always been my passion ever since I was a child. Now I run a small Japanese consulting business (Simple Gaijin) and have now moved into the Japanese language teaching field.

I am a former JET Program ALT (Hokkaido) and English teacher (Chiba), but I've been tutoring Japanese for a little over six years now ever since I was in college. I am functionally fluent in the language, and conduct business in Japanese on a daily basis with my coworkers.


Bilingual Japanese Field Engineer
Jun 2016 - Present
Shinohara-Matzka Press Engineering Services & Engineering Co

- Inspect Press Machines and provide routine maintenance for them.
- Liaison officer for the company's Japanese expats in the United States
- Technical Translation (Japanese -> English)

Simple Gaijin Japanese Language School & Solutions
Jul 2015 - Present
Owner/Head Teacher

- Owner of a small Japanese language school based online
- Provide weekly lessons to clients ranging anywhere between the ages of 13 to 65
- Weekly podcast series on how to get a job in Japan and life in Japan

English Teacher
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
American Language School (Asahi Branch)

- Taught English in Japan to students ranging between the ages of 2 to 65


Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies
Aug 2010 - May 2013
University of North Texas - Denton
Certificate in Japanese History and Language
Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
Kansai Gaidai University (Hirakata-shi, Osaka-fu, Japan)


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3
Aug 2013
The Japan Society


Japanese National Honor Society - UNT Chapter
May 2012
American Association of Teachers of Japanese


Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
Jan 2017

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is an association of individuals, corporations and organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its purpose is to bring the peoples of Japan and the United States closer together in understanding, appreciation and cooperation by promoting and encouraging a better understanding of the business, cultural, social, educational and political practices and customs of Japan and the United States.

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Photos & Videos

On the way to Kiyomizudera in Kyoto

Looking out into Kizomizudera in Kyoto on a cold winter day


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