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In this incomplete but initial starter post, JapanTree is proud to present – the fruit of six years of effort – the world’s first kanji system to adapt the Heisig Method for use in the classroom.


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Adventures in Teaching Japanese

If it is your first time here – I am a non-native Japanese teacher. (years of Japanese/ Japanese University grad)

I am currently teaching at a small private high school that encourages innovative methods.

For me, teaching Japanese is like coming home. It is like giving back.

In my senior year of high school my Japanese teacher was Puerto Rican. He was also my best Japanese teacher and is (based on their Japan Bowl results) one of the best Japanese teachers in the U.S.

I owe him a lot. A whole lot.

So for me, teaching others is like paying forward what he did for me.

Teaching Japanese is an interesting road.

The more I teach the better I understand the languages advantages and challenges myself.

Japanese is a neat language.

One goal of this site is to record my adventures teaching Japanese. And hopefully what I write might help some other Japanese teachers and language learners.

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Yakitori Sensei !

Yakitori Sensei ! “I can teach you to learn Japanese and go to Japan”


Welcome! My students call me “Yakitori Sensei!” It’s nice to meet you!

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Teacher Profile:
Japanese is FUN!
I work as a Japanese instructor at a small private school in Delray Beach, FL.

I also organize classes and tutor individuals.

In all my classes I use CIE learning methods.

I am a non-Japanese, Japanese tutor.
(Why learn from a Non-Native Japanese teacher?)
Having learned the language myself I can give you insight into the language and learning it that a native Japanese speaker cannot. I have been in your shoes, have been where you want to go, and can help you get there. I took four years of Japanese in High School (my senior class was taught by a non-Japanese Japanese teacher, my best Japanese teacher ever) and passed the AP Japanese test. I took Japanese at University of Miami and went on student exchange for one year to Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. I transferred to Sophia University and graduated from there with a bachelors in International Business. While there I took their intensive Japanese and Advanced Japanese courses, and then took a portion of my regular coursework in Japanese. My tutoring experience started with 1.5 years tutoring English in Tokyo. In 2012 I took a seminar in Texas for Accelerated Language Teaching Methods that covered the methods used by the Canadian Institute of English (CIE). I use these methods (including Audio-lingual method & Total Physical Response) in my LIVELY tutoring sessions. I play Jazz saxophone (gave lessons/played a few live gigs in Tokyo), so I love audio learning methods.

Instead of boring, stay-in-your-seat classes, students learn while acting and doing!

So again,

  • 4 years of High School Japanese / Passed AP Japanese testing
  • College Japanese courses
  • Study Abroad to Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan
  • Transfer and graduation from Sophia University (3 years; Intensive Japanese and Advanced Japanese graduate)
  • Harry Cotton Language Teaching Methods Seminar (CIE | the Neuroscience of language acquisition)


Learn with all your senses –

Active moving brains learn better – so don’t sit at your desk!



Some Japanese Resources – great beginner charts, sheets, and information – truly many things. one of the best Japanese language resources based on quality and quantity available. Also all FREE!

Anki memorization tool – a software tool that changes the way you memorize.