・Associate degree in Spanish The Dept of Foreign Languages
・Completed all the requirements of Japanese Language Teacher Training Course (above 420 hours)
・The Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
・Certified Japanese language teacher - Japanese teacher training cooperation
I have been teaching Japanese for over 20 years.
I have taught over 1,300 people. I have taught technical interns, NHK basic English presenters, securities analysts, bankers, business owners, advertising company employees, university faculty and staff members, housewives, etc.
As a Japanese teacher, firstly I try to have fun in our lessons! We support you to learn and practice the language, and guide you through every step to reach to the point where you could naturally express yourself in Japanese and enrich your life with it!
|2001-2007||Engaged as a part-time teacher at schools, including a vocational school specializing in foreign technical interns in Okubo, Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo a Japanese language school mainly for businesspersons from Europe and America in Iidabashi, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo|
|2008-2009||Established a Japanese language school with a business partner in Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo|
|2013-||Established Beppu Japanese Language School(BLS) in Beppu,Oita|
|2015-||Started teaching Japanese to faculties at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Oita|
|2018-||Started teaching Japanese to Syrian graduate students under a contract from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)|
|2020-||Commissioned by the ASHINAGA Africa Division, currently, in addition to Japanese language education:|
I am a certified Japanese language teacher.I have acquired multiple culture and language experience from import-export business over 10years. I always provide a better way for each learner to develop Japanese language skill through one-on-one lessons and group lessons.
My aim for class
My approach is relaxed, friendly and fun, I feel that we together learn better. I believe that language includes their culture according to my living in 3 different continents over 10years. I will navigate you not only language but also culture as well. Whether you are interested in conversational Japanese, business Japanese, or in preparing to take JLPT exam, it will be great pleasure to help you and along your way.
Meeting with foreigners in Japan and traveling to various countries of South-East Asia during my university years helped me understand I wanted to become a Japanese teacher. Engaged on this path since 2004,
I have now taught Japanese in Japan as well as in Thailand, to foreign nationals of more than 50 different
My aim for class
While each student may have their own reasons and objectives for choosing to study Japanese, helping them feel that “Japanese language is fun!” becomes a real motivation. With that in mind, I try to prepare my lessons in a way that can be enjoyable while focusing on the practical needs and goals of my students, and put emphasis on communication skills training.
① Learn at your own pace.
② We can clarify your needs then prepare an offer for you.
③ Tailor-made courses for exploring daily life, JLPT or job interview.
① You get a variety of perspectives.
② Be motivated toward a common goal.
③ Work together to support each other's learning.
(1)Focus on daily conversation, often useful expressions and grammar.
(2)Learning with an emphasis on speaking and listening.
You will start learning greetings, time and simple conversational Japanese for everyday use. You will learn basic grammar in order to make simple sentences in Japanese.
You'll be able to say your hopes, ask for permission. Also you can explain about your feelings in depth. The course also touches on some simple keigo (polite expressions).
The goal of this course is to acquire a broad spectrum of vocabulary. So that you are able to freely use it in copious sentence patterns during conversations. You'll be able to speak about things in general, purely in Japanese.
You will be able to understand to some extent newspaper and magazine articles. You will also learn to understand conversations regarding the news. You will learn to discuss articles, on a wide range of topics.
・Starts from: The first week of every month
・Twice a week / 60 min
A concentrated course targeted for people who want to work in business in Japan. Learn the etiquette and vernacular of doing business in Japan. You will learn basic formal expressions (basic keigo), setting-specific expressions, in business situations in Japan.
5.Upper elementary to Intermediate
Learn the minimum communication level and skills required New employee.
Course covers 4 Skills, Speaking - Listening - Reading - Writing.
・Starts from: Feb/April/June/Aug/Oct
・Twice a week / 90min
・8 lessons(a month)
Pass the JLPT and improve your career prospects.
These prep courses are designed to prepare you for everything you encounter on the JLPT. You could achieve a high score in the N2 and N3 test and you can also improve practical skills of Japanese grammar and listening.
JLPT Level: N3 < Kanji: 650 / Vocabulary: 3,750 >
The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree.
Able to read and understand most written materials concerning everyday topics.
JLPT Level: N2 < Kanji: 1,000 / Vocabulary: 6,000>
The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree.
Able to read and understand complex written materials in newspapers and magazines.
JLPT Level: N1 < Kanji: 2,000 / Vocabulary: 10,000>
The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances.
Able to read writings with logical complexity and/or abstract writings on a variety of topics, such as newspaper editorials and critiques, and comprehend both their structures and contents.
Able to read written materials with profound contents on various topics and follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers comprehensively.
・Starts from: March/August
・Once a week, plus remove learning / 90min
This is a program for technical intern trainees who work in various places.
You will study a course that suits your purpose for as long as you need.
9. For any level
On your request, we will create a course that suits your purpose.
Please feel free to contact us.
・5days a week, 3hours a day,4weeks
・10days a week, 6 hours a day
We can only accept students who are already in possession of a valid Visa.
We are unfortunately unable to help with visa related issues including issuing, extending, changing or appealing visa decisions. Thank you for your understanding.
Step1: InquiryPlease contact us with an inquiry form or by email. We will then schedule a time for a interview.
Step2: Interview/Trial lessonIntervew and free trial lesson, around 20 minutes each.
Step3: ApplicationPayment needs to be made by a set date either by bank transfer or in cash.
Step4: StartLessons start.
※Overhead not included / Tax included
|Valid period||In person||Online|
|8 Lessons||・3 months
|12 Lessons||・4 months
|16 Lessons||・5 months
|Schedule||In person||On line|
what you want to say
|・Starts from: The first week of every month
・Once /Twice a week 60 min
・24 lessons(3/6 months)
Japanese required for business
|・Starts from: Feb/April/June/Aug/Oct
・Twice a week/ 90 min
・8 lessons (a month)
JLPT Preparation course
|・Starts from: March/Aug
・Once a week, plus remove learning/90min
・24 lessons(3 months)
The fee will be calculated after the course details have been agreed.
|Foreign technical interns
The fee will be calculated after the course details have been agreed.
・5 days a week, 3 hours a day, 4 weeks
・10 days a week, 6 hours a day
＊Free Wi-Fi is available here.
＊We are taking thorough counter measures against COVID-19.
＊Our classroom has a calming and relaxing atmosphere.
Learning Japanese with Kumi is one of my best memories from Japan! I took group and private lessons, and both were beneficial and highly customized to my learning needs. Kumi not only helped me choose textbooks and other study materials but also regularly provided handouts relevant to daily life. I felt like I could bring any question to class to get Kumi’s help; she’ s really personable and so fun.Without Kumi, I would’ve been pretty lost -thank you for everything,Kumi!
Passed the N2
Thanks to a recommendation from a friend. Kumi-sensei is friendly and she knows how to choose appropriate textbooks and set appropriate goals for her students. To BLS my learning goals are very important, so thanks to Kumi-sensei I was able to make fast progress while working and even when I had just had a baby. My current goals are to become even more fluent in Japanese.
Beppu Language School was a great Japanese learning experience! I would highly recommend this school to any foreigner struggling to learn Japanese, or isn’t too enthusiastic about studying a new language. Kumi san is a great teacher, she knows how to make studying fun. She always modified her teaching strategies according to the particular student, subject matter and learning environment. She isn’t just teaching, but friendly and personal. My target was to learn enough to start a part-time job, and within 3 months, I already got a job. Thanks to BLS I was well prepared for the interview. Don’t hesitate to go, you won’t regret.
Passed the N2
Kumi sensei đã khơi dậy niềm cảm hứng với tiếng Nhật trong mình với cách giảng dạy dễ hiểu và sáng tạo.
Mỗi buổi học đều rất thú vị.
Passed the N2
Semua Tata bahasa dan kosa kata yang dipelajari di ajarkan dengan secara praktikal sehingga bsa di terapkan dalam kehidupan sehari-hari. Selain itu, pembelajaran bisa di sesuaikan dengan tujuan murid belajar bahasa jepang.
Passed the N3
Learning Japanese with Kumi-sensei is super fun and you definitely will get a lot of useful knowledge. For instance, I can listen to the correct pronunciation and grammar from her. Plus, she is so kind, so I really enjoy the classes.
เป็นคลาสเรียนภาษาญี่ปุ่นที่สนุก และก็ได้ความรู้เยอะมากๆ ด้วยความที่ว่าคุณครูเป็นคนญี่ปุ่น เราสามารถฟังการออกเสียง รวมถึงการใช้ไวย์ยากรณ์ที่ถูกต้องจากคุณครู อีกทั้งคุณครูยังใจดีและก็เป็นกันเองมากๆ เลยทำให้เรียนแบบไม่เครียดได้ค่ะ
Kumi is kind patient and able to explain the material clearly for easy understanding.
Kumi’s class was always very comfortable.
Passed the N1
The lessons are really interesting and Kumi sensei she is always positive and she really push you for give you best to learn and of course to like Japanese. She teach me a lot not only about Japanese but about the Japanese culture and for that thank you so much Sensei.
Kumi San is a very professional and friendly Japanese Sensei. She welcomed me for a test lesson where I was tested and my Japanese proficiency level was decided. Then we started the lessons which greatly improved my speaking and reading ability in a short time. I was able to make new friends from Japan and have daily conversations with them in no time. I really like the way Kumi San teaches and most importantly her friendly character was able to break the language barrier between a teacher and a student really quickly, which helped me in mastering Japanese language a lot!
كومي سان هي مدربة لغة يابانية محترفة وودودة للغاية. رحبت بي في درس اختباري حيث تم اختباري وتم تحديد مستوى إجادتي للغة اليابانية. ثم بدأنا الدروس التي حسنت بشكل كبير من قدرتي في التحدث والقراءة في وقت قصير. تمكنت من تكوين صداقات جديدة من اليابان وإجراء محادثات يومية معهم في لمح البصر. تعجبني حقًا الطريقة التي تُدرس بها كومي سان والأهم من ذلك أن شخصيتها الودودة كانت قادرة على كسر حاجز اللغة بين المعلم والطالب بسرعة كبيرة، مما ساعدني في إتقان اللغة اليابانية كثيرًا!
Passed the N3
Wow! An amazing Japanese teacher.
I spent half the lesson laughing, but I also learned so much.
Kumi sensei has an extremely warm and bubbly personality. I had a blast!! I’m looking forward to another lesson soon!
Good for students who want to learn with no pleasure! The teacher is quite nice and allows student to engage while learning. I have a great change ever since I attended the school. I absolutely recommend.
Founded in July 2013, we offer Japanese lessons in small groups, focusing on interactive communication among students.
We have taught over 1,300 students from 46 different countries.
From 2015, we have been teaching to foreign lecturers and professors at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) In 2018 we were asked by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to teach Japanese to Sirian Master students at APU. We have had a contract with Ashinaga Africa initiative to support African students studying in Japan, since 2020.
In 2021, in order to help foreigners integrate into society, we started teaching simplified Japanese to Japanese people to ease communication between the two groups.
To acknowledge this additional aim we have re-established the company and have become, Nihongo(Japanese) Compass.
We support you to learn and practice the language, and guide you through every step to reach to the point where you could naturally express yourself in Japanese and enrich your life with it!
◆ Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University(APU)
◆ Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA)
◆ Ashinaga Foundation・Ashinaga Africa Initiative
Japanese language education, tailor made for each individual. We will guide learners to convey in their own words, in their own way.
Using different techniques to spread "Easy Japanese" to governments, council administrations, and companies to enable interactions with foreigners that will lead to improved communication.
To teach Japanese language to people who are called refugees in Japan. Since 2018, we have been involved with people called refugees from Syria.We were empowered by their positive and strong attitude. Through this project we promote their independence.
Beppu Bld. 4F
19-10 Motomachi Beppu Oita
Sun and National holiday
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10 minutes on foot from Beppu station.
1 minutes on foot from Nagarekawa YouMe Town mae bus stop.