Our Teachers and Staff

We are proud to introduce to you to some of our regular staff, the teachers who make up the heart of our Japanese language school.

All of our teachers are graduates of a rigorous 420-hour Japanese teacher training course at recognized schools. The length and content of this course was originally specified by the Japanese Ministry of Education, but has now become the standard qualification for professional Japanese language school teachers. It is equivalent to a university minor, and the result is a very high standard of teaching.

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Fukuoka School Teachers & Staff

  • Evan Kirby

    Evan Kirby
    カービー エヴァン

    Director
    Favorite music:
    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Trick

    Favourite saying:
    今を生きる ("Seize the day")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Momochi-hama

    Hobbies:
    Comedy, travelling

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    If your dream is to live in Japan, we can help you find a way!
  • Rie Kirby

    Rie Kirby
    カービー理恵

    Director & Principal
    Favorite music:
    Any kind of pop music

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Spirited Away, The Last Samurai, Bridget Jones’ Diary

    Favourite saying:
    笑う門にはふく来たる ("Good fortune and happiness will come to those who smile")

    Favourite kanji:
    想 / 好

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    The beach at Itoshima, Marizon, Atago Jinja

    Hobbies:
    Travelling, listening to music, watching movies

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    GenkiJACSへようこそ!私たちと楽しくまじめに日本語を勉強しましょう
  • Yuuki Yamazaki

    Yuuki Yamazaki
    山崎有紀

    Office Manager
    Favorite music:
    Funk, Blues, Rock

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    2001: A Space Odyssey, Gone With The Wind, The Dark Knight

    Favourite saying:
    一事が成れば万事成る ("Nothing succeeds like success")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Itoshima

    Hobbies:
    Hiking, mountain climbing

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    SMIL! You are in GenkiJACS!!
  • Yuuki Mori

    Yuuki Mori
    森勇樹

    Student lifestyle coordinator
    Favorite music:
    Chill

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    The taste of tea (茶の味)

    Favourite saying:
    死を想え ("Memento mori")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Ashiya beach

    Hobbies:
    Camping, Being in nature, listening to music and partying in my head on my way to work.

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    元気があれば何でもできる!
  • Liza Kruger

    Liza Kruger
    クルーガー リザ

    Your friendly neighbourhood marketing staff
    Favorite music:
    Metal/core

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Tolkien movies, Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Marvel movies, Big Hero 6, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Favourite saying:
    雨降って地固まる ("Adversity builds character")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Fukiya (Okonomiyaki restaurant), Drum BE-1

    Hobbies:
    Going to live shows, eating and complaining that I'm getting fat

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    自分なりの方法を 探して勉強しよう!
  • Aya Utsunomiya

    Aya Utsunomiya
    宇都宮彩

    Accommodation coordinator
    Favorite music:
    Hikaru Utada, Alaine

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ)

    Favourite saying:
    犬も歩けば棒にあたる ("Every dog has his day")

    Favourite kanji:
    海、友

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Momochi, Itoshima

    Hobbies:
    Snowboarding, watching foreign dramas

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    一度きりの人生、楽しみましょう♪いつでも頼って下さいね!
  • Yasuko Takeo

    Yasuko Takeo
    竹尾康子

    Accounting and general affairs
    Favorite music:
    Country, jazz music

    Favourite saying:
    人の世の 幸不幸は 人と人とが  逢うことからはじまる よき出逢いを  ("In our world, happiness and sorrow begin with the meeting of two people. So let's make each meeting a good one!")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    The onsen at Futsukaichi

    Hobbies:
    Wearing kimono, music appreciation, supporting the Hawks at Yahoo Dome

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    Welcome to FUKUOKA!!
  • Kayoko Takahashi

    Kayoko Takahashi
    髙橋香代子

    Head teacher - Beginner 1
    Favorite music:
    Ken Hirai, James Blunt

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Inception, Golden Slumber

    Favourite saying:
    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Ohori park

    Hobbies:
    Eating, reading

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    福岡を満喫して ください☻
  • Yasue

    Yasue Tarumi
    樽見慈恵

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Hakase Taro, Norah Jones

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Hula Girls, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

    Favourite saying:
    初志貫徹 ("Carrying out one’s original intention")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Oohori Park, Gion

    Hobbies:
    Cooking

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    福岡を楽しんでください! Enjoy Fukuoka!
  • Hiroko Kobayashi

    Hiroko Kobayashi
    小林博子

    GenkiJACSのお母さん
    Favorite music:
    Tango music

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Hercule Poirot movie series

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    The sunset seen from Misaka

    Hobbies:
    Driving

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    人生を楽しんで
  • Chie

    Chie Hirota
    廣田千絵

    Japanese teacher, schedule coordinator
    Favorite music:
    House music

    Favorite music:
    Rock music

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Spirited Away

    Favourite saying:
    一期一会 ("Treasure every meeting, for it will never recur")

    Favourite kanji:
    叶 +のことを口から出せば 何でも叶います!)

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    The cafes at Ohori park

    Hobbies:
    Going for walks

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    皆さんひとりひとりとの 出会いが宝物です!
  • Mayumi Sato

    Mayumi Sato
    佐藤真弓

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Classical music

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Indies movies

    Favourite saying:
    マイペース(わが道を住く) ("Do things your own way")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Ohori park

    Hobbies:
    My job

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    基本を大切に
  • Yukiko Iwamoto

    Yukiko Iwamoto
    岩元由起子

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Music that calms the heart and mind

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    From Up On Poppy Hill

    Favourite saying:
    一期一会 ("Treasure every meeting, for it will never recur")

    Favourite kanji:
    碧 / 瑠璃

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Wajiro Higata

    Hobbies:
    Observing the small creatures and plants of the hills and fields

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    You can do it.  You can make it happen.
  • Aya

    Aya Shiihara
    椎原彩

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Irish music ♣, Ghibli movie soundtracks

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Ghibli movies

    Favourite saying:
    何とかなる! ("Everything will work out in the end")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Ohori Park, Momochi beach, Daimyo

    Hobbies:
    Photography, traveling

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    ようこそ福岡へ!!たくさん 勉強して、いろいろなところ に行って、おいしい食べ物を 食べてください!
  • Takako

    Takako Kubota
    久保田貴子

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    House music

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    “To Live”

    Favourite saying:
    You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.

    Favourite kanji:
    豊,慈,祈

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Ohori park, KBC cinema

    Hobbies:
    Going for walks

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    ベストを尽くして ください!
  • Jun Kawabata

    Jun Kawabata
    河端順

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Rock, pop

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    None in particular, I like a lot of movies

    Favourite saying:
    柔よく剛を制す ("Soft and fair goes far")

    Favourite kanji:
    紺碧

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Sunset Road

    Hobbies:
    Hiking

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    日本語をたくさん 使って、日本の生活を 楽しんでください
  • Nao Tachibana

    Nao Tachibana
    立花奈央

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Classical music

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Still Walking

    Favourite saying:
    明日は明日、今日は今日 ("Tomorrow brings its own fortune")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Kushida shrine

    Hobbies:
    Going on trips

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    日本を楽しんで ください☻
  • Sachiko Oota

    Sachiko Oota
    太田幸子

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    J-POP

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Disney movies

    Favourite saying:
    百聞は一見にしかず ("Seeing is believing")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Marizon

    Hobbies:
    Travelling, tennis

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    何でも自分の目で見て、 自分で体験してみよう
  • Junichi Taguchi

    Junichi Taguchi
    田口淳一

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Jazz, Remix, 90th Sound

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    New Cinema Paradise

    Favourite saying:
    質実剛健 ("Simple and sturdy")

    Favourite kanji:
    要 / 自然体 / 鯵

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Futamigauchi, Aburayama, Tenboudai, Minami-kouen, the highway at night

    Hobbies:
    Going around to different onsen, driving

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    焦らずに学びましょう
  • Hideki Hamabe

    Hideki Hamabe
    浜辺秀喜

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Classical, traditional Japanese music, childrens’ songs

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Period films, suspense movies

    Favourite saying:
    常楽我浄 ("Always joyfully, pure in heart")

    Favourite kanji:
    幽玄

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Around Ohori park

    Hobbies:
    Shogi, Goh, reading

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    日に日に新たに日に また新たなり
  • Chie Katsuki

    Chie Katsuki
    香月智恵

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Moving music

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    My Neighbour Totoro

    Favourite saying:
    ケセラセラ - Que Será, Será
    明日は明日の風が吹く - Tomorrow is another day

    Favourite kanji:
    楽,笑,金

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Ohori park

    Hobbies:
    Going for walks

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    思いっきり日本を 楽しんでください!
  • Junichi Takeuchi

    Junichi Takeuchi
    竹内皓子

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Ska, rock, metal

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Singin' in the Rain

    Favourite saying:
    百聞は一見に如かず ("Seeing is believing")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Fukuoka University library

    Hobbies:
    Watching movies, reading

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    佐賀のおすすめの 観光地をしっています。 よろしくお願いします。
  • Ruri Hamada

    Ruri Hamada
    濵田 瑠利

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Japanese folk songs, Latin-American songs

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Harry Potter, Doraemon

    Favourite saying:
    雨垂れ石を穿つ ("Slow but steady wins the race")

    Favourite kanji:
    休!

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Momochi-hama

    Hobbies:
    Playing the koto

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    福岡の方言を覚えて 帰らんばたい!
  • Shinobu Tomimasu

    Shinobu Tomimasu
    冨増忍

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Rock music

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    My Neighbour Totoro

    Favourite saying:
    残り物には福がある ("There is unexpected good in what others have left behind")

    Favourite kanji:
    志,大

    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    Fukuoka City Museum, Kyushu National Museum

    Hobbies:
    Gardening, Music appreciation

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    役に立つ日本語を 身につけましょう♪

Tokyo School Teachers & Staff

  • Tomoe Yoshiguchi

    Tomoe Yoshiguchi
    吉口朋江

    Teacher coordinator
    Favorite music:
    Mr Children, Dreams Come True, Shiina Ringo, Ulfuls

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Wonderful Life, Ghibli movies, Edward Scissorhands

    Favourite saying:
    七転び八起き ("Life is full of ups and downs")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Tokyo Tower, Ueno Park, my apartment

    Hobbies:
    Movies, karaoke, travelling, driving, sleeping

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    日本語の勉強は登山 みたいなものじゃない?
  • Kei Ho

    Oscar San José
    サン・ホセ・バエラ・オスカル

    Marketing staff
    Favorite music:
    U2 “Sometimes you can’t make it on your own"

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Bicentennial Man

    Favourite saying:
    Be yourself, everyone else is already taken

    Favourite kanji:
    隠忍

    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Ueno

    Hobbies:
    Tennis

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    Learning Japanese is a unique experience! Please enjoy it!
  • Eri Sakita

    Eri Wakita
    脇田瑛里

    Student lifestyle coordinator
    Favorite music:
    Pop, R&B

    Favourite saying:
    ありがとう

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Odaiba

    Hobbies:
    Traveling, karaoke, dancing, movies

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    どんな時でも、どんな 事でも、精一杯サポート するので、いつでも声を かけてください。
  • Nodoka Kishi

    Nodoka Kishi
    岸 のどか

    Japanese Teacher
    Favorite music:
    Mr. Children

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Amelie

    Favourite saying:
    習うより慣れよ ("Experience is the best teacher")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Shrines in the early morning (they are very quiet then!)

    Hobbies:
    Sports (speed skating, soccer, tennis, judo), walking

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    いっしょに楽しくべんきょうしましょう!
  • Nozomi Fukazawa

    Nozomi Fukazawa
    深澤のぞみ

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    JPOP, anime themesongs

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    The Thing, Howl’s Moving Castle

    Favourite saying:
    学びて思わざれば則ち罔し ("Learning without thought is labour lost")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Wherever there’s a lot of restaurants from all over the world

    Hobbies:
    Cooking, movies, manga, anime, eating delicious food

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    わからないことが あったら、何でも聞いて 下さい!!
  • Hideo Suzuki

    Hideo Suzuki
    鈴木秀雄

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Oldies

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Superman

    Favourite saying:
    質実剛健 ("Simple and sturdy")

    Favourite kanji:
    公平

    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Shitamachi (Asakusa, Fukagawa)

    Hobbies:
    Karaoke

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    苦の次は楽が来る
  • Mimei Hashimoto

    Mimei Hashimoto
    橋本未明

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, Ketsumeishi

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, TED

    Favourite saying:
    笑顔 ("Smile!")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Still looking...

    Hobbies:
    Watching overseas dramas, movies

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    日本語をたくさん勉強して、 どんどん日本を好きになって ください。
  • Sakumi Shimose

    Sakumi Shimose
    下瀬咲実

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Various songs from different countries

    Favorite movie:
    Reisei to jounetsu no aida

    Favourite saying:
    死すこと以外かすり傷 ("What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Meiji shrine, Shuto expressway, Mount Takao

    Hobbies:
    Going on trips, reading, yoga

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    一緒に楽しく勉強し ましょう!
  • Junko Nojiri

    Junko Nojiri
    野尻順子

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    COLD PLAY, U2

    Favorite movies/TV shows:
    Tim Burton movies, Mitani Kouki movies

    Favourite saying:
    大丈夫 ("It’s okay!")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Kichijouji

    Hobbies:
    Reading, going on trips

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    だいじょうぶ!
  • Mariko Okada

    Mariko Okada
    岡田真理子

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Beautiful music

    Favourite saying:
    一期一会 ("Treasure every encounter, for it will never recur")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Tokyo:
    Daikanyama, Yanaka

    Hobbies:
    Learning Italian, art appreciation

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    日本に来てくれてありがとう! おいしいものを食べたり、 おもしろいものを見たり、いろいろ な経験をしてくださいね。
  • Jun Nishihara

    Jun Nishihara
    西原潤

    Japanese teacher
    Favorite music:
    Perfume

    Favourite saying:
    臥薪嘗胆 ("Going through thick and thin to attain one's objective")

    Favourite kanji:


    Favourite places in Fukuoka:
    The moats surrounding Fukuoka castle (大濠のお濠!)

    Hobbies:
    Swimming, raising fish

    Message to GenkiJACS students:
    みなさん、がんばってべんきょうしてください!!
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