Japanese Staff - Maki

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Name : Maki

School : JS Gotanda Branch

About me!

I am Maki.

I am from Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku, known as the “Udon prefecture”. Our Udon is deeply loved by people throughout Japan. The iriko soup Udon is my soul food.
I just came back to Japan last August, after living in Hong Kong for 5 years.

It is a pleasure to get to work at Japan Switch and help you learn Japanese lessons.

Nice to meet you!

Why did you want to work at Japan Switch

I like Yoga so I was looking for a receptionist position at Yoga studios at first. When I accidently saw this job opportunity for Japan Switch, I found it is interesting.
Then I got excited and immediately applied. I got lucky!

What do you like about working here?

I am little nervous since it’s been a long time after I left my last job. However, people around me are very nice and they always help me. I really appreciate it.

Also, the best thing about this job is I have the opportunity to meet Japanese language learners from everywhere in the world! It is really exciting and I am having fun working here. I also love the nice atmosphere Japan Switch has. People are very friendly and energetic.

What are your thoughts for foreigners who are interested in learning Japanese? 

I get cheered up by seeing our students improve their Japanese skills because I am trying to improve my English too.

I always try to use English outside of the classroom because my English teacher always told me to do so.
For example, I go to a Yoga studio that has instructors that speak in English, and I used to go to café to chat with friends in English after English lessons.

What would you like foreigners to know about Japan?

I recommend you to visit Kichijoji area if you haven’t been there yet.

The famous park “Inokashira Kouen” is great place to hung out. I love the relaxing ambience and there are a lot of unique stores and delicious food places in the area so you can have fun all day.

Japan Switch

Japan Switch provides affordable morning and noon Japanese lessons in Tokyo. Centrally located, relaxed environment and quality textbooks. Japan Switch is your alternative option to a Japanese language school in Tokyo.


Opening Days : Monday - Friday


Shinjuku Branch : Opening Hours

9:30 - 1:30 PM - Group & Private Lessons

2:00 - 5:00 PM - Private Lessons


Online Branch : Opening Hours

9:30 - 1:00 PM - Private Lessons

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