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Japanese Language Assistants

2020-2021 Academic Year: Kozue Matsumoto

Tell us something special about your hometown.

My hometown is a very tiny town in the Tohoku area, surrounded by rice fields. I grew up with clean air and water, locally grown vegetables and rice, and fresh seafood from my relatives who live by the sea. The town has a long history with multiple castle ruins and well known swordsmith. One other special thing about this tiny town is that Japanese sake brand “Ichi no Kura” is brewed in our town :)

Tell us what you would like to learn from your students.

I would love to learn how they became interested in Japanese. I would also love to hear their findings about Japanese culture as well as their own culture through the process of learning Japanese language and culture. For example, what is cool about it? What is not so cool? What are similarities and differences between Japanese and their own languages and cultures?

Tell us about a favorite activity that you pursue when you have free time.

I love playing koto (Japanese harp) and shamisen (Japanese banjo)! Indeed, I do performances and recordings for various events and projects as well as provide workshops and lectures about Japanese music and culture. I teach koto and shamisen, too. It’s fun to play music, but also it is really wonderful to share moments and connect with people through music!

Past Japanese Language Residents

  • 2019-2020: Mikiko Saigo
  • 2017-2019: Ayaka Matsuo
  • 2016-2017: Yohichi Tagami
  • 2015-2016: Tasuku Sasaoka
  • 2014-2015: Akihiro Shimizu
  • 2013-2014: Nana Ando
  • 2011-2013: Aki Kishihara
  • 2010-2011: Kaori Sugihara
  • 2008-2010: Miki Harada
  • 2006-2008: Aya Nakagoshi
  • 2003-2006: Kiriko Komura
  • 2001-2003: Yuki Kumagai
  • 2000-2001: Emi Yonekura
  • 1997-2000: Wakana Kikkawa
  • 1995-1997: Mika Higurashi
  • 1993-1995: Yuka Iijima
  • 1992-1993: Mari Aoshima
  • 1991-1992: Hiroko Ami
  • 1990-1991: Motoko Katsuta
  • 1986-1990: Yumiko Ichise