新谷先生Shintani-sensei is the best teacher of Japanese language with whom I have studied. She focuses classes on topics of relevance to students, uses every moment as a teaching opportunity, and explains Japanese grammatical structures with great clarity. ​

*Lessons taken Onsite & Online from Westchester, NY        


David P. Janes,

President and CEO, OIST Foundation

Chief Advancement Officer,

OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University)


Keiko-sensei is an excellent Japanese language instructor. I take weekly private lessons with her and can now speak, read and write Japanese! She uses active learning methods focused on the needs and interests of her students. Highly recommended!

*Lessons taken On-site & On-line from Florida or NYC    


Dr. Robert M. Anderson

President, McDonald Anderson

Keiko-sensei is a wonderful teacher skilled at tailoring Japanese learning to her student's level and interests.  I have been taking lessons with her for three years now to keep up with the Japanese I learned while living in Japan,and feel very fortunate to have found her!  I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone interested in starting or continuing their journey with the Japanese language."

*Lessons taken Onsite & Online from New York, NY                                     


Kelly Nixon

Program Director 

US-Japan Leadership Program                                                                                                        United States-Japan Foundation


Keiko-Sensei is an exceptional Japanese language teacher. I have been studying with her for three years and it has been an incredible experience. She easily structures lessons to fit my personal needs and accommodate my extremely hectic and variable schedule. Keiko-sensei presents topics in a clear manner that makes it easy to pick up new and difficult concepts while maintaining a fun and stress free learning environment. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in studying the Japanese language.

*Lessons taken On-site & On-line from New York, NY                                   


Mike R., M.D.


have always been fascinated by the Japanese Language and Culture. I’ve tried the Rosetta Stone program but could not seem to find my footing or really immerse myself in the language. A friend introduced me to Keiko Sensei when she realized that I was trying to learn Japanese. I immediately took to Sensei and her direct manner. I feel like it was such a blessing. I was also going to graduate school so it was important to have a flexible schedule and Sensei understood and made sure my hectic schedule was accommodated. Private lessons with Keiko Sensei have given me a proper and strong base to learn Japanese. She always shares cultural tips and explains unfamiliar aspects of the Japanese culture. I have also been introduced to a wonderful group of professionals I now call friends during our JALF get-togethers. Sensei continues to give me all the tools I need to be a successful language learner. For anyone serious about learning the Japanese Language, I highly recommend Keiko Sensei.  

*Lessons taken Onsite 

Ariane Ivala-Walker

RNC-OB, MA, MS,             

Perinatal Network Manager

Maternal Fetal Medicine

North Shore University Hospital

I have studied Japanese with Keiko-sensei for seven years. Over that time, she has developed my Japanese language abilities from a near beginning level to a high degree of proficiency. Thanks to her individually tailored lessons, her attention to every detail, and her love of teaching and language, I can now converse easily with native Japanese speakers, navigate traveling in more remote areas of Japan, enjoy Japanese television in its original language, and keep up with Japanese news articles. Keiko-sensei is a truly wonderful and special teacher, and over these years has also become a dear friend.

*Lessons taken Onsite & Online from Chicago

Brett H.


Keiko sensei possesses all the qualities of a great teacher: clarity, patience, persistence, as well as exceptional knowledge of her subject.

*Lessons taken Onsite & Online from Queens, NY

Karen Odaira

I've studied with Keiko for close to ten years. She has helped me prepare for and pass JLPT exams, as well as prepare for university level study in Japan. As a native English speaker it's extremely important to work with a teacher who can clearly explain Japanese grammar which is quite different than English. Many language teachers are afraid to correct their students, but Keiko strikes a good balance of encouraging her students to communicate while keeping the accuracy of their language in check. If you truly want to master Japanese, I highly recommend working with Keiko.

*Lessons taken Onsite

 Jeanne Michaels

 Japanese teacher/adjunct, CUNY