2018-2019 Academic Year: Ayaka Matsuo


Tell us something special about your hometown?
Nagasaki is a small town located in the west of Japan. It is a historical and international city with a lot of fusion cuisine and friendly people. It’s also a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists.

Tell us about a favorite activity that you pursue when you have free time?
I love being outside. I enjoy lying on the grass in a park under the sun and having ordinary conversations with family and friends. I also love to travel abroad to visit friends when I can.

Tell us when and how you started studying foreign languages and what you like about learning languages?
I first started studying English in middle school. I really enjoy learning languages by watching films and listening to music. It allows me to discover new things such as the similarities and differences that exist between cultures. ​

Past Japanese Language Residents

  • 2017- : 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