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Instructors and Teaching Assistants 

Nao Okumura

Kumiko Takizawa

Natsuko Llewellyn Nobuko Horikawa
Tomomi Matsumura  Paolo Menuez     



Natsuko Llewellyn

  • Adjunct instructor of Japanese language
  • B.A. in European and American Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan
  • Research Interests: teaching methodology, Japanese Heritage Language
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Cooking, Skiing

Nao Okumura

  • Adjunct instructor of Japanese language
  • B.A. in German language, literature and culture from Osaka City University, Japan
  • B.A. in sociology from Linfield College, Oregon
  • Hobbies: Playing saxophone, traveling, hiking

Kumiko Takizawa

  • Graduate Student in M.A. Japanese
  • B.A. in Information and Communication from Meji University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Research Interests: Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Language Pedagogy
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Painting

Nobuko Horikawa

  • Graduate student in M.A. Japanese
  • M.A. in Philosophy of Science from University of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • B.A. in History and Philosophy of Science from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Research Interests: Japanese literature
  • Hobbies: Board games, reading books

Tomomi Matsumura

  • Graduate Student in MA, Japanese
  • B.A. in Foreign Language from Kansai Giadai University, Osaka, Japan
  • Research Interests: Japanese Linguistic, Teaching Methodology
  • Hobbies: Calligraphy, Traveling, Card making

Paolo Menuez

  • M.A. student in Japanese literature
  • Adjunct instructor of Japanese language
  • B.A. in Music from Hampshire College
  • Research Interests: tanka, early modern poetry, comparative literature
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Reading