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Kazuko Shikuma

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About Me


Hi there!
Welcome to my (Kazukosan's) profile!

Just imagine watching that anime without the subtitles.
Simply spectacular! マジでいい!

I can help you with that!

Ordering Japan only rice burger at McDonald's in Japan,
skills to navigate your way around the complexity of Japanese cities, developing lifelong organic friendships,
coping with the unpredictable business environment,
understanding with seemingly hieroglyphic characters...

I got you covered!

I love to teach, so I home schooled my daughter. I taught her Japanese myself and my daughter has no problem communicating in Japanese.

At 17 years old, she was able to venture out to Japan on her own. She ordered that Japan only rice burger at McDonald's, managed to navigate the train system and got to her destinations, went to karaoke with new friends, coped with unpredictable cultural differences, and tackled some kanji...
(a work in progress, but none the less, improving!)

If you are planning to teach English in Japan, check this out!

Japanese for Teaching English in Japan!

This course will equip you with tips you can use to teach English that are unique to the Japanese. I taught both Japanese and English in Japan for many years. It is exciting that I get to help you take on the challenges you would face in Japan.

My passion is to coach my students and assist them to achieve their goals.

Your success is my joy!  🌞

The tools and techniques I have acquired over years are yours to use which, by the way, can be applied to learning other languages as well!

Surely, I can assist you with the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) - at your service.

If you need help with business emails, let's put our heads together! I will be happy to assist!

I really want to help you out!
May ALL your dreams come true.

🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸

Allow me to share a little bit about myself.
Favorite things to do:
Painting landscapes, jogging, decorating cookies,
watch shows on Food Network,
Movies I like:
Ratatouille, BigHero6, Groundhog Day, Star Trek, Star Wars,
Studio Ghibli (となりのトトロ、ハウルの動く城 etc.
あたしンち Dogen たなしょう
お寿司🍣 アボカド🥑 いちご🍓 かぼちゃ パスタ🍝
 アイスクリーム🍦 お好み焼き チョコレート🍫   


Teacher Stats

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1993 - 1996
Master of Divinity
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary - Chicago, IL
Trained in Cross-Cultural Education, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Education.
1985 - 1987
Master of Sociology
Toyo University - Tokyo, Japan

briefcaseWork Experience

2017 - 2019
Customer Service Associate
Crate & Barrel - CA, USA
Represented the company and Interacted with customers to serve their needs. Provided information about products and services. Took orders, responded to customer complaints and solved issues in timely manner.
2017 - 2019
Business Owner
Kakuma Language - CA, USA
Motivated students who were struggling with school. Equipped and turned them around to be a better student
1980 - 2016
Private English and Japanese Teacher/Tutor
Ibaraki, Japan
Taught English and Japanese to people of wide range of backgrounds. Tutored and coached students struggling with school work.
2007 - 2013
Home School Teacher
California Virtual Academy - California, U.S.A.
Home-schooled my child from K through 6th grade. Taught my child to communicate in Japanese. Created personalized teaching programs which help establish study habits suited for my student.
1997 - 1999
Technical Translator/Interpreter (English/Japanese)
Direc TV Japan - Ibaraki, Japan
Provided oral and written technical translations for Direc TV Japan broadcast facility in Ibaraki, Japan. Created glossaries of technical terms. Served as cultural mediator where necessary.
1991 - 1993
Coach and Trainer for English Teachers
YAMAHA English Schools - Tokyo, Japan
Coached, trained, mentored, and motivated instructors to develop teaching skills. Supervised, and provided instruction for teachers. Created training videos for smooth implementation of the teaching methods.
1991 - 1993
Developer of English Curriculum for Children
YAMAHA English School - Tokyo, Japan
Designed English acquisition programs for children using music as a vehicle for acquiring a second language. Developed sustainable curriculum to help achieve individual goals. Created and designed training manuals for instructors.
1986 - 1991
International Information Coordinator
Hitachinaka City Hall - Ibaraki, Japan
Worked as an Interpreter for the Mayor of Hitachinaka City. Developed services and published guidebooks for international residents. Organized events to help build relationships for both domestic and international residents.
1983 - 1985
English Teacher
ECC Language Institute - Tokyo, Japan
Taught English to people from wide range of backgrounds, study goals and interests.


2017 - 2019
Letter of Recommendation
Kakuma Language - CA. USA
Letter of Recommendation from a parent of a student who received tutoring service from Kazuko at Kakuma Language.
2017 - 2019
Business Owner
Kakuma Language - CA, ISA
Motivated students who were struggling with school. Equipped and turned them around to be a better student
1985 - 1987
Master of Sociology
Toyo University - Tokyo, Japan