About me

Are you interested in Japanese for business?

Do you meet Japanese people often or have friends that speak Japanese? Is there a Japanese test or JLPT exam coming?

Or are you interested in J-pop, Anime, or traditional Japanese culture?

Hello, my name is Maki.

I have 17+ years of experience teaching Japanese as a tutor in Vancouver, BC to business students, high school students, casual learners, and homemakers.

Also, I spent 2 years as a school teacher for a private Japanese language school in BC.

Various options are available, depending on what you need, and how much time you have. Japanese grammar, reading and writing, test preparation, pronunciation, fluency, speed, common phrases, slang, business culture, Japanese etiquette, ceremony etiquette, etc.

JLPT classes are definitely available. My students get successful results of JLPT and got the full mark on this exam.

If you need a professional tutor and lessons for JLPT, contact me.

Consultation and level check is available by an appointment.


< Location >

■ Mon. to Sat.     >>>   Burnaby

< Rates >

Private Lesson ( one-on-one )

■  $35 / hrs

■    $65 / 2 hours (lesson in a same day)


Semi-Private Lesson

■ 2 students : $40 / hrs

■ 3 students : $50 / hrs


Skype online lesson (one-on-one)

■ $25/hrs – Full


< Schedule >

Please ask my available time for lessons.


65 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Maki, I was wondering if you still have any spots left for private lesson for beginners?
    If you have can you send me your schedule for classes after 8/2?

  2. Hello! Do you have any slots for private lessons anytime in the evening? I’m a girl in high school, so I’m busy in the morning. Can you please send me your schedule please? I live in Vancouver, but I’m not very worried about distance. Thank you! (^^)

  3. Hi Maki!

    Could you please let me know your availability for private or semi-private lessons? I live in Coquitlam and go to school at SFU.

    Thank you!

  4. Hi Maki,

    I am very interested in having Japanese lessons with you. Can you please let me know your availabilities? I live in Vancouver (15 minutes drive from UBC) and work in most weekday mornings. Hopefully we can find a time to meet up for an initial consultation.

    Arigatou! 🙂

  5. Hello Maki 🙂
    I would like to get a private lesson with you.
    I live in the boundary of Point Gray and Kitsilano.
    I studied Japanese in UBC up to 200 levels but I want to improve on conversation and kanji reading.
    I look forward to hear from you!

  6. Hi Maki,

    I am interested in learning Japanese. Would love to find a experience tutor to learn from. I am currently living in Burnaby. Look forward to hear from you : D

  7. Hello maki i was wondering if you still had lessons in vancouver if you dont can you email me how to sign up for your Skype call lessons? Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Catherine,

      Thank you for asking me about my Japanese lessons.
      Lessons in Vancouver is fully booked at this moment.
      I emailed you about Skype lessons so please check. 🙂

  8. Hello,sensei,
    i was wondering when you are aviliable for privite tutor in Vancouver, i hope to practice my oral communication skill in Japanese.

    • Hi Jin,

      Thank you for asking me about my Japanese lessons.
      Lessons in Vancouver is fully booked at this moment.
      I emailed you about lessons in Burnaby so please check. 🙂

      • I have replied you by e-mail.Hoping you have received it, waiting for making an appointment.

  9. Hello Maki my name is Brennan, and I am a college student who is interested in learning Japanese. I was hoping to book a few lessons with you to dip my toe in the water and see if I have the aptitude for learning another language, and if I do to continue on from there.

  10. Hi Maki,

    After browsing your website, I get really interested in learning Japanese with you! But I am still wondering if there is any space left for private lessons. And in addition, are summer lessons available as well? Thank you;)

  11. Hello!

    I’m interested in passing the level 1 jlpt this year. I’d like to know if you have availability? I live in downtown Vancouver.

    Thank you!

  12. Hi Maki,
    I’m interested in taking Private or Skype lessons with you to improve my Japanese. I’ve taken some Japanese lessons in university before, and would like to keep practicing and get better.
    Do you still have any time spot available?
    Thank you!

  13. Hi Maki:
    Do you still have any space for the private session. Do you mind send me your scheduel. I would like to start as soon as possible.

    Thank you!


  14. Hello! I’m looking to get some private lessons until the end of October. I’m taking a Japanese course but I’m not doing very well in it and I would like some extra help for the next midterm.

    Please let me know you’re schedule, and when you’re available.


  15. Hi Maki, I’m looking to get some private lessons until march when i go on my 2nd trip to Japan. Please email me back if you are able to accomadate me!

    Thanks, Chris

  16. Hi Maki! I am really interested in taking private lessons with you on the basics 🙂
    Please let me know if you have any availaiblities for me in November. I look forward to hearing from you!


  17. Hi Maki. I am interested in learning Japanese before my trip to Japan in April. Seems like lots of people like learning from you.

  18. Hi Maki,

    I’m interested in taking Japanese lessons from you. I previously took Japanese in high school, but I want to refresh it again. My availability would most likely be Saturday.


  19. Hi Christine,

    I’m interested in the private or semi-private lessons – I assume the semi-private lessons fees are split among the no. of students? I took Japanese 101 and 102 back in 2010 and took some lessons before that so I have some basic Japanese language skills but pretty rusty since I haven’t been using it other than when I watch Japanese drama.

    I live in Burnaby (near Edmonds) and I work near Renfrew station. Can you email me your availability and schedule? Thank you!

  20. Hi there,

    I’m interested in private lessons. I sent you an email a few days ago but I didn’t hear but so I’m leaving a message here just incase it was missed. Thank you.
    Could you let me know your availability and schedule? I’d like to set something up asap.


  21. Hi Maki,

    i am interested in taking private lessons with you. I am a beginner looking to learning some Japanese before my trip next year. Do you currently have any available time slots?
    I look forward to being in contact with you!

    Thank you very much,


  22. Konichiwa Maki sensei,
    I am interested in taking a private lesson. it will be work related, conversation type lessons and maybe as far as reading and writing hiragana.
    Arigato, yoroshiku onegaishimasu,
    Mike-san desu.

  23. Hello Maki,

    My wife and I are quite interested in your private lessons. Can you kindly forward your schedule for August 2017?

    Thank you.

  24. Hi Maki,
    I’m looking for a tutor to help me prepare for the JLPT.
    Please let me know your schedule

  25. Hi Maki,
    I am interested in learning Japanese and I want to know about your schedule.
    Crystal Wang

  26. Hello Maki,
    My name is Sicily and I wonder if you have time for a beginner who wishes to write the JLPT N4 hopefully July next year. I am looking for private lesson or semi private lesson. Please let me know if you have any availability =)
    Thank you.

  27. Hi Maki,

    My friend and I are looking for a semi-private tutor for both of us.. Please email me

    Thank you!

  28. Hi, interested in learning beginners Japanese. Is it possible to schedule an appointment on Monday or Tuesday?

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