Lyle D. (British, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow)

I have had the pleasure of a weekly one-to-one Japanese lesson with Shiomi-sensei for over two and a half years. She is a consummate professional. She is patient, considerate, kind, well-prepared, humorous, and encouraging. She has been able to adapt the lessons as my priorities have changed (from conversation practice, to supplementing my Japanese classes at Kyoto University, now to reading kanji). Her fees are very reasonable considering her superior quality, plus her range of interesting facial expressions are worth the fee alone! I recommend her without hesitation and feel very fortunate to have found her.

Claudia M. (Swiss, Retired)

During my stay in Kyoto for 3 weeks, I took almost daily lessons with Sachi-san. She is a very patient and nice person and a very professional teacher. She was always well prepared and the lessons were customized to my needs and requests. I could ask anything about grammar but also about daily life in Japan. Although I studied hard, we had fun together and laughed a lot. Sachi-san has very good English skills and surprised me from time to time with her knowledge in German. I‘m glad I chose her as my private Japanese teacher. I can highly recommend her.

Otto P. (Austrian, Professor of Law and Philosophy)

Learning Japanese is a challenge for everyone who has not had the fortune to be immersed in this language as a young person or who does not have the time to dedicate as many hours to studying as one would need to become a concert pianist. Sachi-san has the ability to guide you most pleasantly through all difficulties, to show you the weaknesses to be corrected, the exercises to be repeated, while giving you access to real texts of most various kinds. Without this encounter with living Japanese, my sojourn would by no means have been the same. With all my gratitude, I highly recommend her.

Winston K. (Singaporean, Lawyer)

Shiomi-san is a top-notch Japanese tutor. Despite studying Japanese for 2 years, I was unable to hold a conversation fluently. When I visited Kyoto for 6 weeks, I conveyed this to Shiomi-san and she carefully designed a curriculum to fit my needs.
Shiomi-san taught me the requisite linguistic skills and cultural insights needed for a native-level conversation. She was proactive in rectifying my weaknesses, and she also incorporated creative role-playing to ease my learning curve. I have benefited tremendously from Shiomi-san and I recommend her effective teaching pedagogy to students of all levels of proficiency.

Kim K. (American, Mathematician)

It is my great pleasure to share my wonderful experience with Shiomi Sachi san.
I took lessons from Shiomi san twice a week for seven months. She is a patient and enthusiastic teacher. Every meeting was filled with various interesting and well-prepared lessons including role playing, a pronunciation practice, a set of questions for grammars. Each role playing was designed to fit my situation. From her, I also learned Japanese culture, history and customs. She brought short paragraphs about Japan such as Sumo, Fuji mountain, Edo period etc. We discussed the grammar, vocabularies, and various related stories of those paragraphs. Every lecture was very interesting and fun-filled. I was always looking forward to the next lecture.
I feel very lucky that I had Shiomi san during my time in Japan. I strongly recommend her.

Lisa & Adam (Australian, Early childhood teacher & Politics professor)

It has been a wonderful experience learning Nihongo with Sachi-san. She's a kind, patient and thoughtful teacher. In our 6 months in Kyoto Sachi has not only taught us the language but also invaluable lessons of culture, customs & insights into Japan and it's people. We appreciated Sachi's flexibility to our changing requirements and her generous time spent with us. Our classes were very relaxed and we laughed a lot. She answered all our questions which assisted us hugely in our daily interactions.
We both now have a better understanding of Japan and Nihongo thanks to Sachi-san. We highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn Nihongo.

Cavan & Julie Hall (Australian)

We are Australians and travel a great deal. Finding a patient, native Japanese speaking teacher in Kyoto who was able and willing to come to our rented Kyoto house was important to us. However I am reluctant to write too many positive things about Sachi-san because we want her all to ourselves. She was articulate, meticulous, incredibly well organized and extremely patient. Her linguistic skills were also strong in English therefore explaining our faults and pronunciation was very helpful.
Sachi-san also taught us to write Hiragana and Katakana. This was and is a challenging and interesting hurdle for both of us so, we are continuing our lessons by Skype on a weekly basis whist we are home or traveling abroad.
We will return to Kyoto next year and will feel more proficient at being able to read and write in Japanese.

Emmet K. (American, Physicist)

I am currently working in Japan and I use Japanese on a daily basis for my job, but there were lots of gaps in my Japanese abilities that were causing me problems. I don't have much time to study while on the job, so I took several lessons with Shiomi-san during my week-long vacation in Kyoto. She helped me improve my overall abilities and Japanese speaking confidence, and worked with me to develop my vocabulary for specific situations I face in my job. She patiently answered all my questions about grammar, level of formality, pronunciation, word usage, etcetera. Thanks to her, my conversations with my colleagues will become more natural! I really appreciated the role-playing and the way she re-enforced things I had learned the previous day. She was an incredible teacher and I highly recommend her to other students of Japanese, at any level.

Malte W. (German, Mathematician)

Thanks to Shiomi-san, my Japanese got into a much better shape. With her structured teaching, the big variety of approaches and some remarkable role playing she brushed up my grammar and gave my a strong self-confidence even in Keigo and the like.

Michael W. (British, Lawyer)

I took individual lessons twice a week with Sachi-san whilst living in Kyoto for several months, and with her patient, flexible and focussed teaching was quickly able to gain sufficient Japanese to be able to handle day-to-day matters as well as to start interacting successfully with family and colleagues. Sachi-san provided sound guidance on the fundamentals as well as wider understanding of the context and use of the Japanese language. Her informative approach and sense of humour made the lessons both enjoyable and effective, and she also kindly took time to advise me about various practicalities with the benefit of her local knowledge. In short, I would highly recommend Sachi-san to anyone looking to learn Japanese.

Yrjänä L. (Finnish, Professor of art history)

Language carries culture, therefore it comes to live and is explained to a student most effectively through examples, which can be found from the culture and are epitomized by it. This is particularly well taken into account in Shiomi-san’s teaching, thus making her Japanese lessons both compelling and effective.
I have had the opportunity to take Shiomi-san’s lessons both face-to-face in Kyoto and via Skype. In both situations the lessons have had an appropriate pace, and they have been structured to support and encourage the student’s progress. Shiomi-san's teaching style is clear, accurate and detailed. In addition, she can explain any linguistic problem point also in proficient English.

Fabio G. (Swiss, Sociologist)

Although my requirements are somewhat unorthodox, Shiomi-san is the perfect match and has helped me a great deal with preparing a wide variety of lectures and papers. She has not only provided me with the help I needed, but was also proactive in identifying my linguistic weak points and helping me erase them. I can highly recommend her as a teacher who is willing to immerse herself into a topic and who can teach you not only what to say, but also how to say it.

Daniel & Gaby M. (Swiss)

We have taken Japanese lessons in our home country before spending a month in Japan. While staying 3 weeks in Kyoto we decided to enjoy the City and its environment but also to take intensive Japanese lessons.
With Sachi-san we could not have any better teacher. She was very well organized, prepared and adapted the lessons to our personal requirements. Sachi-san showed a lot of patience when having to explain things more than once. Her English linguistic skills are strong, which supported explaining grammatical concepts and differences. Above all we appreciated the true-to-life conversations and role playing. Sachi-san is very kind and everybody feels comfortable with her as a person. We also learned a lot about the day-to-day life in Japan from her, wich was of course an added-value.
We highly recommend Sachi-san to anyone eager to study Japanese. Should we have any opportunity to take up studies in Kyoto again we will definitely do it with her.

Michael M. (American, Analyst)

I have been studying Japanese on and off for decades and was aiming to try to revive my skills through intensive lessons with Shiomi-san over the course of a few weeks. Shiomi-san expertly prepared several weeks of highly useful and effective material that exactly fit my needs and goals. She is endlessly creative in thinking of how to convey grammatical concepts, was extremely responsive to my requests to add new goals, and was very thorough in helping me reach them. I highly recommend her lessons. She is a top-notch teacher committed to moving students to a higher level. She is also very patient and kind.

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