Tomoki Moriyama
(Tomoki sensei)

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①Where are you from?

⇨I am from Kobe. It is famous for its night views. Kobe is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan.

It's also a great place to go on a date.

②What is your favourite Japanese food?

⇨I love Japanese dagashi (snacks). I have always loved them since I was a kid and still do,

and I always buy them at Donki or Iroha.

My family in Japan sends me these from time to time.

Of course, I also love the sweets I receive as souvenirs from students.

③What is your hobby?(including how you spend your day off in Singapore)

⇨I have ridden buses all the way to various end points.

I have probably ridden almost every route in Singapore.

I feel more at home in heartland than in the more famous tourist destinations in Singapore!

④What are you mindful of during class?

⇨I don't teach classes right now, but I make worksheets and textbooks for Tomo teachers to use.

I like to make materials that all students at our school can become friends with

and ask interesting questions. There are many classmates who like Japan,

so you can make friends with people who share the same interests,

and you can make friends with Tomo's teachers too.

Kana Takemoto
(Take sensei)

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①Where are you from?

⇨I am from Nishinomiya. It is famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms.

Every day in spring, I would go to school and talk with my friends while looking at

the beautiful cherry blossoms.

It has been selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan,

so please come and see them if you have a chance to visit.

②What is your favourite Japanese food?

⇨If you know of any good mazesoba restaurants in Singapore, please share them with me.

③What is your hobby?(including how you spend your day off in Singapore)

⇨My hobby is dancing, I took ballet from the age of 4 to 15 and started street dancing in college.

I also love to eat! On my days off, I like to explore the hawker centers and shopping malls to find out

what I haven't tried yet.

If you have any recommendations for restaurants or Singaporean cuisine, please let me know.

④What are you mindful of during class?

⇨I try to talk with students a lot in class and make worksheets that allow students to interact with

their fellow classmates in various ways.

I love to talk with my students:) Let’s talk a lot in Japanese with our teachers and classmates at Tomo!

Kazuya Suzuki(Kazu sensei)

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①Where are you from?

⇨I am from Kodaira. Kodaira is a small city in the west of Tokyo. It's a simple and quiet town,

but there is a lot of nature, and I used to catch insects in the woods when I was a child. 

There is also a river running through the city, so I used to catch small fishes.

②What is your favourite Japanese food?

⇨Eating okonomiyaki is the best way to dine together. My family is a family of six,

so we enjoy cooking a large okonomiyaki and eating it together as a family.

③What is your hobby?(including how you spend your day off in Singapore)

⇨I love to read, especially history and social science books. I like to ride my bike to a park and

read in a shade of a tree on my days off.

I also like to visit museums because there are many interesting museums in Singapore.

④What are you mindful of during class?

⇨One is not to explain grammar as it is, but to give concrete examples

that are easy for students to understand. The second is to give students plenty of opportunities to

talk about themselves and get to know their classmates.

If you want to practice your Japanese in a practical setting, join Tomo's class!

Miu Yamamoto(Miu sensei)

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①Where are you from?

⇨I am from Nagahama. There is a famous castle built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi,

a warlord of the Warring States period, and the old townscape is one of its attractions.

My recommendation is a sightseeing spot called Kurokabe Square.

You can buy delicious food and beautiful souvenirs there.

②What is your favourite Japanese food?

⇨I like sushi because it is delicious and there are many varieties.

There are also many sushi restaurants and kaisen don (seafood bowl) restaurants in Singapore.

③What is your hobby?(including how you spend your day off in Singapore)

⇨On my days off, I often spend time at my favorite cafe drinking coffee and eating sweets.

I also like to cook and bake at home! 

If you have any recommendations for cafes in Singapore, please share with me.

④What are you mindful of during class?

⇨I try to communicate with students as much as I can.

I enjoy talking with students of various nationalities and ages.

Also, at the beginning of every class, I make sure to review the previous week's lesson

so that students can continue studying Japanese at a comfortable pace.

Taichi Fukumoto(Taichi sensei)

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①Where are you from?

⇨I am from Itami. Itami is a small town, but every year it hosts a national tournament to determine

the best high school in Japan in the Japanese martial art of naginata(spear with sword blade).

Unlike kendo, naginata also requires protection of the lower half of the body, so it requires a much

broader area of defence! If you want to know more about it, read the manga Asahinagu!

②What is your favourite Japanese food?

⇨I love Yakisoba (fried noodles). Since I love fried noodles in general, Pad Thai and Kway Teow are

one of my favorites too.

But I can't forget the vegetable filled yakisoba with sweet sauce from Kansai.

If you know of any good places to eat, please share with me!

③What is your hobby?(including how you spend your day off in Singapore)

⇨I play Go which is similar to chinese Weiqi. I started playing when I came to Singapore.

It's a game where you take turns placing black and white stones on the board and the winner is

the one who has the most territory on the board. It is a very complex and interesting game.

Please do not say to a Go enthusiast "Is is like Reversi?" as it will make them angry.

④What are you mindful of during class?

⇨I try to make the class atmosphere cheerful and fun.

For that purpose, I try to create an environment where everyone can study while laughing together,

by cracking jokes and discussing interesting topics.

Tomoaki Miura(Aki sensei)

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①Where are you from?+②What is your favourite Japanese food?

⇨I am from Sapporo. Sapporo is famous for its delicious food.

Sushi and ramen are the most famous Japanese foods, but when I go back to my hometown,

I always eat soup curry.

It is a light, soupy curry dish, this gourmet specialty originated in Sapporo.

It comes with a curry soup with broth and various spices,

and contains large pieces of vegetables and chicken. You eat it by dipping rice in the soup.

There are many soup curry restaurants in the city, and each restaurant has a different taste of soup

and ingredients, so I recommend that you compare them to find the one you like the best!

③What is your hobby?(including how you spend your day off in Singapore)

⇨I love Mahjong and Poker. I love to play games that require me to use my brain!

The rules of mahjong in Japan and Singapore are different,

and there are some rules that I still don't understand, so I would love to learn them.

④What are you mindful of during class?

⇨To create a space where we can easily talk about ourselves and recent topics using Japanese.

It is very enriching when students teach me new things.

Tomoka Tatematsu(Tomoka sensei)

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①Where are you from?

⇨I am from Nagoya. There are many delicious foods in Nagoya.

Especially, dishes using red miso are famous, and miso katsu (pork cutlet with miso sauce) and

miso nikomi udon (udon boiled with miso based soup) are popular.

Neither of these foods are available in Singapore yet, so if you visit Nagoya, you should try them.

②What is your favourite Japanese food?

⇨I love sushi. I still can only eat sushi without wasabi, but I still love it. Every year on my birthday,

I go out to eat sushi.

③What is your hobby?(including how you spend your day off in Singapore)

⇨My hobby is tennis. It hasn't changed over the years, and I usually spend my days off,

whether in Japan or Singapore, playing tennis.

If anyone wants to play tennis with me, please feel free to ask me anytime!

Singles and doubles are both welcome.

④What are you mindful of during class?

⇨I try to create an atmosphere where each and every one of you can enjoy participating in class.

I would like to create a cheerful atmosphere so that even if you are having a hard day

at work or school, you can cheer up when you come to Tomo. I would like to create a class

environment where you can become more interested in Japan and the Japanese language.