“Hello, my name is Jennifer, but you can call me Jen if you like! I’m from Texas in the United States. I moved to Japan in 2011 and I lived in Toyama Prefecture for 3 years. I taught elementary and junior high school students there and I learned a lot about rural Japan! After that, I moved to Tokyo where I taught English to students of all ages. Now, I’m working as a writer and editor for English learning materials and textbooks.
I have a daughter who’s almost 2, so most of my free time is dedicated to her. But I’m really interested in music, food, and traveling! I also love pets and animals, anime, and learning more about Japanese culture. Since I’m a first-time mom, I also love hearing any tips or tricks for raising children, so please feel free to share your wisdom!
I’m so excited to help you reach your English learning goals while enjoying fun conversation! I can’t wait to learn more about you and the things you are interested in!”
指導経験：英会話、ビジネス英語, TOEIC, 英検, TOEFL, Kids English
“My name is Mark and I am from Manchester in the UK. I moved to Japan in 2006. Firstly, I lived in Yokohama for five years before getting married. We moved to Akita in 2011 and I live here with my wife and two daughters (who love Sumiko Gurashi!).
In my free time, I have many interests that include sports, music and reading. I like to play football (soccer), tennis and I have recently tried Aikido! I play the guitar and ukulele, and one day I would like to try piano, too! I read fiction, history and biographies.
I have over fifteen years of experience in teaching English in Japan in areas such as conversational English, TOEIC, TOEFL, business and travel (and Kids English, too!). I also have a Masters Degree in teaching English.
I am really looking forward to hearing your stories from the diary and I am excited to help you enjoy your English learning and achieving your goals!”
“Hi everyone! My name is David, I’m 41 years old and from Santa Barbara, California. I’ve been living in Japan now for over 11 years, and in that time I have taught nearly exclusively business professionals.
My hobbies are running, woodworking, reading, playing games and listening to podcasts. I’m interested in and enjoy discussing a variety of topics. I look forward to hearing from you!”
趣味・関心：Travelling, reading, cooking, cycling, marketing, culture, food, etc
“My name is Steffy Munjal. I am originally from India and I am currently living in Canada. I’ve taught English to a lot of students in India throughout my college and working years. I like making friends, and I love sharing my experiences with them. My hobbies include cooking, shopping, cycling and watching movies.
Apart from that, I love travelling and exploring the world. My husband visited Tokyo for a month in 2017 and his experiences have made me want to experience the beauty and culture of Japan ever since. I hope to travel and explore Japan very soon.
I’m so thrilled to be a part of this diary exchange program, and I am looking forward to speaking with you!”
指導経験：ビジネス英語指導、ビジネス経験豊富、英会話, TOEFL, IELTS
趣味・関心：I am a published writer, who writes fiction and non-fiction. I also like health and fitness, nature, pets and animals, music, cinema, history, culture, politics, language, reading, and the arts.
“Hello! My name is Alexei, but everybody calls me Alex. I was born in Canada, where I spent years as a manager in the business world. But I’ve always been passionate about writing! In 2010, I had a detective novel published, and later received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies (which has a very heavy essay-writing component). Later, I received TEFL certification and have been teaching ever since! I love it! It’s so satisfying to watch my students grow and become confident in the English language!
I moved to Poland, with my Polish wife, in 2021. So, we have lots of interesting stories to tell about both Europe and North America! What’s more, I always love to meet new people and so would also love to hear some of your stories about where you live! I am happy to be part of the NEW Eikaiwa Diary Exchange program because I think it is such a fascinating and innovative way to learn English—while also meeting new and interesting people. As I said, I love to watch my students develop and grow—and so, I look forward to helping you grow in your English language confidence and skill!”
指導経験：英会話、Business English, 医療従事者への指導経験, TOEIC, 英検, TOEFL, IELTS
趣味・関心：1) Painting, Digital painting, Designing, Photography, Composing music, Writing. 2) watching movies and T.V. shows, reading (novels, short stories, poetry, comics), walking, hiking, camping, driving, listening to music and podcasts, listening to radio drama, putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing board games and video games, cooking, baking, watching sports.
“Hello Everyone! I’ve been living in Tochigi Prefecture for 16 years. I have taught a wide variety of people at many different kinds of places. My youngest student was 18 months old. My oldest student was 89 years old!
Before coming to Japan, I studied journalism and theology at a university in my hometown in New York. I’m from a small city near Niagara Falls. It’s a beautiful area, with lots of farms, forests, and hills.
I look forward to getting to know you through this diary exchange program. I am interested in a lot of things, so you can talk to me about anything that interests you – I love learning, especially about people. I hope to meet you soon!”
趣味・関心：I’m highly involved in visual art. When I was younger I DJ’d at clubs and raves in Sydney, and I’m still interested in that kind of of music. In my previous English teaching job I tended to work with many students who were involved in aviation (JAL/ANA) or military (JSDF/JASDF). While these aren’t ‘hobbies’ and I don’t have firsthand experience I built good rapport with these people and was able to help them through my interest in what they did.
“Hello! My name’s Luke and I’m from Sydney, Australia. I’ve been teaching English in Japan since 2016. I’ve taught all kinds of people and age groups.
I studied fine art at university and I spend a lot of my time painting. Each year I have an exhibition in Sydney or Tokyo. I like checking out galleries, listening to electronic music, watching F1, and drinking nihonshu. I also love aviation: planes and airports…Haneda is one of my favorite places!
I enjoy hearing about other people’s experiences and thoughts, so I’m excited to meet you and help with your diary writing.”
“Hello everyone! My name is Reika, I’m half Japanese.
I was a Senior Language Associate for an international language company. I have been teaching English since 2018 and was subsequently a language instructor manager. Apart from that, I was also a children’s Behavioral Analyst- working with children diagnosed under the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I’ve lived in the Philippines, Canada, Spain, and now in Japan! I’m an avid traveller and am always looking for the next destination to hop into (once the pandemic is over)!
For the past 2 years, I’ve been interested in natal chart readings, tarot readings, crystal and herbal healing. So, if you’d like to know more about these, please let me know! I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon! I can’t wait to get to know more about you!”
指導経験：英会話、Business English, 英検
趣味・関心：being a working mother, challenges and triumphs in raising children, shopping, travelling, holidays like Christmas, make-up, hair, history, nature, art, countries, languages,
“Hi everyone! My name is Journal. I am from Johannesburg, South Africa. I came to Japan for the first time in July 2012 as an ALT through the JET Program. As an ALT I taught senior high school students for five years. During that time, I also taught adults general conversation for three years. Since then, I have taught at a kindergarten, junior high school, and elementary school.
I am married, I met my husband in high school, so we have been together for a long time. We have a daughter; her name is Penelope. She was born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. She is 8 years old now. My life revolves around taking care of my daughter and working full-time.
This is just a little bit about me, I hope to get to know you too.”
“Hi! My name is Jayde. I’m from Seattle, Washington; the home of Starbucks! I have been living and working as an English teacher in Saitama, Japan since March 2020.
I have many hobbies such as: traveling in and outside Japan, dancing, going to arcades, making terrariums, cooking and especially baking sweets.
I look forward to sharing our interests and experiences through our diary exchanges!
Talk to you soon!”
指導経験：Business English, TOEIC、英会話
趣味・関心：Movies, music, reading, writing, learning new things, the arts, drinking, cooking. I’m one of those people that knows a little bit about a lot.
“Nice to meet you! I’m Ryan from the USA! I’ve been living and working in Japan for 14 years. I first came to Japan in 2007 and taught English in Tohoku. After that, I moved to Tokyo and have been here ever since! In my free time I enjoy writing and reading books. I have published 1 science fiction book, and it is available on Amazon! I also watch movies (Netflix, HBO Max, Tubi, U-NEXT, etc.) and listen to music on Spotify. I’m always trying to learn new things, so I’m looking forward to hearing about your opinions, ideas, and way of life. Teach me something about yourself, and I will teach you something about myself! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!”
“Hi! My name is Cel and I’m from the Philippines. I completed my graduate studies and worked in a foreign diplomatic office. I’m a writer by profession and I create content for different companies.
I’ve been living in Chiba for over 10 years now. For my hobbies, I like reading books, watching TV dramas and traveling. I used to play the guitar, but I haven’t been able to do so for quite some time now. I enjoy listening to old songs from the 70s to the 90s. I’m interested in Asian culture and current affairs. I’m a Christian and open to discussing various topics.
I’ve worked as a junior high school assistant language teacher in Japan for two years. I’ve had students with varying English proficiency levels, from beginners to returnees. Presently, I teach conversational English to Japanese adult learners and professionals from different backgrounds.
I look forward to exchanging stories and ideas with you through the NEW Eikaiwa diary program. I can’t wait to hear from you soon!”