Born and educated in Tokyo. Graduated in Mass communication at Seijo University. Came to the UK to study Art and Design in 1993. Worked as a PA for Ikko Tanaka, a well-known graphic designer, in Tokyo from 1995. Have lived in London since 1999. Studied language tutoring and have worked as a Japanese language tutor since 2002.
Highly experienced in tutoring all levels, mainly for airline, financial and trading companies based in London and provide personalized tailor-made tuition. Have been offering online tuition since 2016 and recently arranging lessons also for younger generations.
My central principles in life are ‘Okagesama de’ and ‘Nana korobi ya oki’. ‘Okagesama de’ means ‘Because of your help, support, care, kindness and love, I am well and able to be here today’ — which expresses humble gratitude. ‘Nana korobi ya oki’ is a Japanese proverb originating from Zen tradition and means ‘Fall down seven get up eight’ — which my name ‘Yukiko’ comes from. “Whatever happens in your life, be strong, keep trying and looking forward, and ultimately you will achieve your goal.”
I value each and every opportunity to meet people and it is an honour for me to impart knowledge of Japanese culture and tradition through teaching the language. I am thankful for this moment, this day and this life.