I'm Ken Sensei.

Hi! My name is Ken. I was born and raised in Tokyo Japan. My students call me Ken Sensei because "sensei" means "teacher" in Japanese. I was an English teacher in Tokyo for 4 years at a cram school. I started teaching Japanese professionally after moving to the US in 2015. I have had more than 6000 lessons and over 400 students in the last 4.5 years of teaching online.



1 on 1 Lesson on italki

I've been teaching Japanese professionally on this website for almost 5 years.

If you'd like to have a teacher who will guide you all the way through to be fluent in Japanese productively, this service is perfect for you.

Please book a lesson through the italki website

Available Time :

Monday - Friday 8AM - 12PM 1PM - 5PM (PST) 

"Happy Hour 日本語🍻"Group Speaking Lesson on Zoom

 If you've been studying Japanese for a while (at least you finished GENKI 1 book), but you haven't really had conversation practice or you are not very confident with speaking yet this service is perfect for you. Almost all the participants were as scared as you are when they tried this for the first time, so don't worry and have fun :)

Available Time :

Saturday & Sunday 9:30AM - 10:00AM (PST) 

Flashcards For Practicing Speaking on Memrise

The biggest reason I made flashcards is because I truly believe "repetition" is one of the most important factors to become fluent in Japanese (or any other language). However, you need to be careful when choosing flashcards as I have seen so many flashcards that have weird/awkward sentences. After you practice with these flashcards you should definitely try the phrases in "Happy Hour 日本語🎉" so it'll stuck in your brain. Study → Practice → Use (to someone) are very effective ways to master different expressions. I hope these flashcard will help you speak even more fluently!


Completed a training course for teaching Japanese as a foreign language
The World Japanese Language Centre

December 2015 - April 2016

The 420 hour Advanced Japanese Teacher Training Course 

The World Japanese Language Centre

November 2016

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