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Sachiko is the founder of JLC. She has taught Japanese at universities, colleges and companies and has given many public lectures about Japanese art and culture. Sachiko is also an artist, her life project is to complete 100 Views of America by woodcut; and she is a Koto player of Yamada School. Education: Osaka Language School, Osaka, Japan; Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan; Newbury College, Boston. www.sachikofurui.com

Mari was born in Miyagi, Japan, which is located in Tohoku Area of Japan. She studied Asian and Japanese studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan. She loves needlework, especially Kogin sashi and Kaga yubinuki.

Mayumi was born in Hyogo, Japan, which is located in Kansai Area of Japan. After graduating from High School in Shiga, Japan, where her parents and siblings remain, she attended Adrian College in Michigan, where she studied International Communication and taught Japanese. After graduating, she moved to Boston. She enjoys traveling, movies, reading Japanese books, and ice skating in winter with her husband and two children.

Momo was born in Hyogo, Japan. She studied American literature at Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Japan, and has High School and Junior High School teaching licenses. She completed an Advanced Skills of Teaching Japanese Language Course. Currently she lives in Boston with her husband. She enjoys snowboarding and traveling.

Reiko enjoys reading Japanese literature, Japanese calligraphy, playing music and making art. Reiko was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She has been teaching and tutoring Japanese language and arts in New York, California and Massachusetts since 2005. She enjoys finding fun new ways to teach and learn Japanese. Through her efforts, she hopes to make Japanese language, culture and art accessible to everyone.

Originally from Nagoya, Shizue enjoys teaching students of all ages, as it makes her grow along with the students. Curious about languages, she is currently learning Russian and Korean. She loves dogs, nature, reading, eating, and is a classical pianist.

Tammy is a Boston native with a degree in psychology and a minor in art history from UMass Boston. She is a Japanese language and stationery enthusiast. Her other interests include traveling, reading, film photography and watching competitive figure skating.

Tetsuaki has been teaching Japanese to students in ages ranging from grade school to adult since 1989. He also has worked with computer technology. He enjoys Japanese classical literature, especially Shinobu Orikuchi. Education: Yokohama National University (Economics/International Relations).

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