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MACHI is a new Japanese language school where is located in the very heart of the city center in Kanazawa.
Head of School's Welcome​

Thank you for your interest in MACHI Japanese Academy (MJA). MJA is a small Japanese language school which opened in 2016. Originally, the school was Korinbo area in the center of Kanazawa. But now, it is located Sakura-machi near the University district in Kanazawa city. It takes 21min from Kanazawa Railway station bus station to Sakura-machi bus station by bus and 10 sec on foot.  There is also a parking lot for students' car now!


​MJA is focusing on beginner/Elementary/Intermediate level of Japanese learners. All classes are small classes with a good mix of nationalities. The backgrounds of the school's students are  mainly university lecturers, researchers and their wives/husbands, doctoral students, master's students, English teachers, and already retired people in the area. Thus, the atmosphere is very mature and students study seriously.


Kanazawa and this region have many attractions, including the shopping streets, restaurants, museums, art galleries, historic buildings, beautiful rivers and mountains. MJA students are able to enjoy the life in Kanazawa during their stay. Please have fun learning Japanese language in Kanazawa!


In 2009, Kanazawa became the world’s first nominated city at the field of crafts and folk art of UNESCO. With the rich history of Samurai culture and ZEN thinking, Kanazawa remains many traditional arts, crafts and architecture! Kanazawa is the ideal location for learning Japanese language and knowing Japanese traditional culture.

We look forward to meeting you and hope to make your stay a wonderful experience!



T. Ishimura

​Head of School


Kanazawa has maintained rows of historical houses, traditional handicrafts and traditional performing arts.
Why choose Kanazawa?

You will soon feel like at home and be able to relax in the traditional Japanese way of life in Kanazawa.

The city was constructed by Maeda family 420 years ago. Maeda family was the second biggest Samurai feudal lords next to Tokugawa shogun (a central governor) at Edo period (1600-1867). Since Maeda family supported many regional crafts and arts, Kanazawa became one of the richest cities as to the traditional culture in Japan. Kanazawa city is quite modern and developed, but still remains the legacy of a

hundred- year architectures such as Samurai and Geisha old buildings.​

Now, Kanazawa is the biggest city in the Hokuriku region. As the capital city of Ishikawa prefecture, Kanazawa is located just over 2.5 hours by bullet train from Tokyo, 2.5 hours by express train from Osaka/Kyoto and 3 hours by express train from Nagoya. The region is one of the popular Japanese tourist destinations, thanks to its rich mixture of culture, beauty, charm. This region is surrounded by spectacular countryside, mountains and the Japan Sea.  Kanazawa combines the excitement of a large city with the friendliness of a close community. More than 400 years cultural background will make you a valuable experience.

(Photo credit: Kanazawa City)


・Graduate Diploma in International Relations with English Language

(University of East Anglia, UK)

・MSc in East Asian Business (University of Sheffield, UK)

・Stop - Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sheffield, UK)

・Sendagaya Japanese Institute (Tokyo)

Work Experience:

・NEC group, Projector (Purchasing Dept.)

・Sony group, Magnescale (International & Domestic Sales Dept.)

・Sony group, SMT/Backlight (HR & GAs Dept. Eco/CSR)

・Sony group, Camera/Lens (QA Dept.)

・Founded/Managing/Teaching MACHI Japanese Academy (2016-Now)



Business, Economy, International Relations, Arts (Ceramics, Japanese lacquer),

Classic Music etc.

Places visited before:

USA (NY, Buffalo, LA, SF, Sacramento, Yosemite), Canada, 

UK (England, Scotland), France, Belgium, Netherlands

South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thai, China (Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, HK)

Main teacher : Ishimura sensei 

Sub teacher : Junko sensei 


・BA in Education (Kanazawa Univ.)

・Arc Japanese Academy (Tokyo)

Work Experience:

・Kanazawa Gakuin High school, Ishikawa

・MACHI Japanese Academy


TV drama

Places Visited Before:

USA, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, China (Beijing)

Web administrator : Amy


MSc / in UK

Work Experience:



TV drama, The Japan Kanji Aptitude Test, Sewing, Coffee, 

Places Visited Before:

UK (England, Scotland), South Korea, Thai, Taiwan, 

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