Feature

We’ve developed a highly efficient, fun and natural approach to improve your Japanese conversation skills for those leading a busy life in TOKYO.

  • Flipped Learning

    Flipped Learning

    At Akira, we practice a new style of teaching known as “flipped learning”. By providing our students with preparation material explained in English beforehand, they are able to understand sentence structures and grammar even before classes. As a result, they can then apply that knowledge and focus more on conversing in Japanese during class.

  • Drama-Based Curriculum

    Drama-based curriculum

    Akira prepares its own original curriculum based on a romance drama. By carefully selecting phrases and sentence patterns that frequently occur in everyday conversations and including them into our syllabus, we provide you with a practical and natural way to get to know Japanese by speaking their language. Have fun learning new words and phrases with our main character, Yoo-san from Taiwan.

  • Certified Native Teachers

    Certified Native Teachers

    All of Akira’s teachers comprise of native speakers who are also licensed Japanese teachers and have completed Akira’s original training program. Our teachers’ ability and interesting personalities are the cornerstone to our classes, so give our free trial lessons a go and see for yourself!

Goal

To be able to make Japanese friends through
simple conversations in Japanese.

Method

We have designed these methods to increase efficiency in understanding and retaining the phrases taught.

  • Preparation via video

    Preparation via smartphone

    The self-study done before class makes up a major part in effectively learning Japanese. Every drama and its dialogue, vocabulary, sentence patterns and grammar takes around 20 minutes to view, and we provide a summary in English for each episode. You can even view them on your smartphones to make the best use of your time.

  • Offline Class

    Offline Class

    The offline class focuses on applied practice of sentence patterns and grammar, as well as conversation practice. The teachers will also suggest scenes where you can use the phrases learned for a more thorough understanding. As native Japanese speakers, they help bring your conversational skills to their full potential. The classes are conducted in Japanese, but you can also ask questions in English.

  • Practice speaking Japanese

    Practice speaking Japanese

    The fastest way to learn a new language is through practice, practice and more practice. Try to make use of what you’ve learned as much as possible when making friends with Japanese. Also, remember to have fun and enjoy your time in TOKYO while you’re at it!

Curriculum

By picking up phrases that frequently occur in everyday conversations,
we’ve created a curriculum based on a drama that is easy to follow.
Have fun learning new words and phrases along with our main character as she gets to know Japanese through conversations in Japanese.

yoo-san

Yoo-san

The main character is Yoo-san, a Taiwanese who has come to Japan to teach English.
She meets a Japanese man, Kaneko-san at the sharehouse they live in and gradually starts to have feelings for him.What turn will their relationship take?

Level 1 Part A

Week 01"Nice to meet you!"
  • Phrase1 — What’s your name?
  • Phrase2 — Where are you from?
  • Phrase3 — What’s your job?
  • Phrase4 — What’s your hobby?
  • Phrase5 — What kind of N (noun) do you like?
  • Phrase6 — I like N too.
Week 02"Let’s go to a karaoke!"
  • Phrase1 — I do V (verb) at N (place).
  • Phrase2 — Let’s do V.
  • Phrase3 — How about N?
  • Phrase4 — Let’s do V at N.
Week 03"Where are you Kaneko-san?"
  • Phrase1 — Where is N?
  • Phrase2 — What will you have?
  • Phrase3 — Could I have N?
Week 04"Please sing a song together!”
  • Phrase1 — Please do V something.
  • Phrase2 — I understand N.
Week 05"Have you ever been to Yoyogi Park?"
  • Phrase1 — (Phrases used in casual conversation)
  • Phrase2 — (Adverbs of degree & I-adjectives)
  • Phrase3 — (Final Particles)
  • Phrase4 — Have you ever done N before?
Week 06"I’d like to see cherry blossoms too!"
  • Phrase1 — (Na-adjectives)
  • Phrase2 — I want to do V.
  • Phrase3 — (During N)
  • Phrase4 — I do V1 and V2.
  • Phrase5 — (Imagining a situation)
Week 07"Could I hold your hand?"
  • Phrase1 — Could you do V for me?
  • Phrase2 — Could I do V?
  • Phrase3 — How much is this?
  • Phrase4 — Would you like to try to do V?
  • Phrase5 — Could I try to do V?
Week 08"Do you drink Yoo-san?"
  • Phrase1 — (Potential form)
  • Phrase2 — (Expressions of giving & receiving)
  • Phrase3 — I’ll do V and come.
  • Phrase4 — (Asking the time)
  • Phrase5 — (Fixing a time)
  • Phrase6 — I have to do V.
Week 09"Cheers!"
  • Phrase1 — Let’s do V.
  • Phrase2 — I do V1, V2 and V3.
  • Phrase3 — (Cause and effect)
Week 10"Why did you come to Japan?"
  • Phrase1 — (Placing emphasis on explanations)
  • Phrase2 — (Using multiple adjectives)
  • Phrase3 — (Noun modification)

Level 1 Part B

Week 11"A sudden message from ex-boyfriend"
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Week 12"Girls' Night Out"
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Week 13"You should try meeting him again!"
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Week 14"Meeting him again"
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Week 15"It`s over."
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Week 16"I want to meet you Yoo-san!"
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Week 17"I’ve got something to tell you."
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Week 18"Would you go out with me?"
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Week 19General Exercises 1
Week 20General Exercises 2

Level 2

To be released Winter 2019

Certified Native Teachers

  • Akira FUJISAKI

    Akira FUJISAKI

    Certified teacher

    Hi,this is Akira! In my class, I suggest many many scenes you'd like to speak in Japanese to make friends with Japanese. I'd like to be a supporter for you and I hope that you will live a more fullfilling life in TOKYO. When I meet you, please tell me what you want to speak in Japanese. See you soon!

  • Hitomi WATANABE

    Hitomi WATANABE

    Certified teacher

    Hi,I'm Hitom. I've been teaching Japanese in Australia and Vietnam for 2 years. My research interest is communication. I make much of getting communication skills in my classes. The important thing about communication is to put your feelings into YOUR JAPANESE! I’m looking forward to seeing you in my class!

  • Kyoko Shiomi

    Kyoko SHIOMI

    Certified teacher

    Hello, my name is Kyoko Shiomi.I have a career in teaching private lessons especially. So I'm good at customizing a lesson to what you'd like to speak efficiently. It is said that learning languages broaden your mind. When you finish my class, you will find another TOKYO through Japanese with fun. Are you ready?

Classes

Offline Class TOKYO

Schedule 1
Monday Evening

Levels Level 1
Start Date / End Date November 26, 2018 / April 15, 2019/td>
Lessons 20 Lessons
Time 7:15pm - 8:45pm (40 minutes × 2 sessions)

Schedule 2
Wednesday Evening

Levels Level 1
Start Date / End Date November 21, 2018 / April 10, 2019
Lessons 20 Lessons
Time 7:15pm - 8:45pm (40 minutes × 2 sessions)
Venue 1-2-7-701 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Capacity Maximum of 4 students (minimum 2 students)
Fees ¥89,400+tax (includes material fees)
Payment
Note Week1 & 2 will be provided as a free trial lesson.

Online Class UDEMY

Levels Level 1 Part A
Schedule Anytime
Place Anywhere
Capacity Unlimited
Fees ¥3,000
Payment
Akira Offline Class TOKYO

Free Trial

Levels Level 1
Schedule (1st) November 21, (2nd) November 26, (3rd)November 28, (4th) December 3
Lessons 2 Lessons (Week1 & Week2)
Time 7:15pm - 8:45pm (40 minutes × 2 sessions)
Venue 1-2-7-701 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Fees Free

Access

Akira Offline Class TOKYO is located in Minato-ku, Central Tokyo.
It’s only a one-minute walk away from Azabu-Juban Station.

  • Akira Offline Class TOKYO

    Venue 1-2-7-701, Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
    Email info@akiraojs.tokyo
    Phone
    (Hours:Mon~Fri 1 pm~9 pm) 

FAQ

Q I have absolutely no knowledge of Japanese, but can I still take this class?
Yes, you can. All materials are written in English, including the Japanese pronunciations as well. (Japanese text is also included for the benefit of those who can read Japanese.)
Q Can I attend classes without preparing for them?
As Akira’s teaching method involves flipped learning, the preparations done before class make up a major part in effectively learning Japanese. Please note that you are expected to go through the lessons before attending classes.
Q I’m worried if I’ll be able to follow the classes if they’re conducted in Japanese.
The classes are conducted in Japanese, but as long as you understand the contents of the learning material provided in English, there should be no problem. You can also ask the teachers questions in English.
Q If I am unable to attend a particular class, can I substitute it with another one?
Yes, provided there is a vacancy in another class, you may use it to substitute the one you missed. Please contact us for further details.
Q Is it possible to attend lessons halfway through the course?
Yes, as long as there is a vacancy in the class, you can attend lessons halfway through the course. You can also attend the free trial lesson, so please feel free to contact us for more information.
Q Aside from the tuition fees, do I have to pay any additional fees, such as material fees or enrollment fees?
At Akira, you only have to pay the tuition fees, which include the material fees as well. Other than that, there are no extra charges.
Q How much are the tuition fees if I start attending classes halfway through the course?
The fees are calculated based on the number of classes you attend. (From the first class you attend to the final class in the whole course.)
Q When can I start attending classes for Level 2 onwards?
Level 2 Part A has been scheduled to start in the January of 2019. We will be developing the material sequentially, so please to forward to it!

Monitors’ voices

  • anicia

    Anicia

    Swiss

    It was good that we could look at the material beforehand!

  • elise

    Elise

    French

    The dynamic aspect of the class is good, especially practicing in pairs!

  • lara

    Lara

    Italy

    The group work was fun and the classroom is very nice. :)

  • marco

    Marco

    Venezuela

    Materials, fun and appealing videos and high quality PPT slides!

  • marvin

    Marvin

    Singaporean

    The drama engages the learner and makes learning easier!

  • oraphan

    Oraphan

    Thailand

    Lively lesson, the teacher "sensei" is a very active person!

  • shubham

    Shubham

    India

    It’s really good for those who want to learn Japanese for everyday conversations!

Message

Conversing with Japanese in Japanese is really fun!
Let's effectively learn Japanese the fun way with Akira!

Contact

Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.

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Brand

Concept

Our brand name, "Akira", carries the meaning of “sunlight” in Japanese.
Therefore, like our namesake, we’d like to brighten your life in TOKYO
by helping you with your conversations in Japanese.

CEO, Akira Fujisaki

CEO, Akira Fujisaki

I graduated of the University of Tokyo, majoring in education.
Upon graduation, I initially pursued a career in marketing.

However, seven years ago,
I came across "education in Japanese" and
decided to focus once more on education.

I hope to support you in learning Japanese.