Meiji Academy

Meiji Academy

About

Meiji Academy is an independent educational institution offering a variety of Japanese language and culture classes to make sure students can study in a way that is efficient and fun! The standard courses offer 20 classes per week. Classroom lectures along with training in real-life settings allow you to become accustomed to using actual spoken Japanese. Courses range from complete beginner to advanced speaker. Meiji Academy also offers intensive Japanese courses where students take up to 24 classes per week and have a private teacher to help focus on personal needs.

Japanese business classes and internships are also available. These courses are for people who plan to do business in Japan or with Japanese clients. The course focuses on Keigo (Japan’s business language), the Japanese business mind/manners and business role-plays.

Meiji offers additional courses in Japanese ancient arts, pop culture, and Kanji. Check out our website for more information!

Reviews

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Marion
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The online study program with Meiji Academy was awesome. The teachers were lovely and the classes were really interesting. I wish I could have taken more classes but my schedule was already full of my own business. Speaking of which, I appreciated that I was able to adjust my class schedule according to my availabilities.
I attended each one of the classes with pleasure. The teachers were always smiling and encouraging me whenever I failed some exercise or something, they were very supportive! I liked that we focused on conversational Japanese and also that they gave me some homework to do. My Japanese level improved so much thanks to these amazing people!

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I should have said it directly to my teachers, but I really wanted to say thank you for all the joy and the great times I had during the online classes with Meiji Academy. It was more than just Japanese classes; we became friends and we could talk about so many different topics, we had so much fun together even though we never actually met in person. I really hope we can meet someday when I come to Japan. And then I'll show you that your hard work during the classes is worth it <3. I will keep studying Japanese every day just like we did over the last two months. I'm glad that I had the chance to meet you guys!

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Riley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Their teaching approach is excellent and very professional. Now I can understand and communicate in Japanese which is truly amazing! Meiji Academy encourages and motivates every student to give their best and it pays off. I really appreciated their work and their patience with me when I didn't understand something or needed more time to work on specific grammar. This past month has been wonderful, it was so motivating to attend the virtual classes and learn new stuff every day. I knew I was doing the right thing getting closer to my dream of speaking Japanese fluently. Thank you, guys!

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Arthur
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had been working in Japan for several months already in an import/export company, and it bothered me that I wasn't able to speak Japanese properly. I mean, it's quite convenient that everyone in my company speaks English, but I just couldn't make any progress in Japanese even though I was living and working in Japan. So I signed up for classes with Meiji Academy and finally got a solid knowledge of Japanese which it's amazing! This school is great, the teachers are talented and nice and it was a very good use of my time. I made new friends in Fukuoka and they showed me many places I didn't know. Taking these classes was definitely the best thing to do!

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you are looking for an interactive and memorable experience, Meiji Academy is the school you need! The online classes are great, high quality, and fun, and the teachers are really amazing. It felt like joining a new virtual happy family. My Japanese level improved beyond expectation and so as my knowledge of the Japanese culture. This experience was something special and the memories I have now will stay in my head forever! Meiji is the kind of school that never let you down even after the program ended. It's a cool opportunity to make friends from Japan. You should just go for it and I promise you won't regret it!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

When I was looking for a language school in Japan, I wanted to be in a city with a nice environment and have flexibility in my course. Meiji Academy met both of these requirements. Lot’s of language schools require you to stay for around 1-3 months or over a year, but with Meiji Academy you can decide exactly how many weeks you need and can also customise which classes you want to take. They also have a school in Fukuoka, which I found was the perfect city to live and study in without being too overwhelming.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Meiji Academy helped with organising accommodation, being picked up from the airport, and doing events and tours to explore the city and Fukuoka lifestyle. However I had to sort out things like my visa, SIM card, and transportation. They give you advice in these areas but in the end you’ve got to figure it out yourself, which can be a bit confusing in a different language.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I’d say definitely research into what the weather will be like while you’re here. I mostly assumed that since Fukuoka is in South Japan, it would be warm all year around. Boy was I wrong. It got a lot colder in winter than I expected and I’d only brought a few jumpers. Especially if you’re going to be here for a long stay, make sure you prepare for all the seasons!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Classes usually start at either 9:30am or 1:30pm and go for 3 hours unless you have extra classes. Mine were usually in the afternoon so I was able to spend the morning doing whatever I wanted and could go meet friends for lunch later. After classes, Meiji Academy would sometimes have parties to eat Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Nabe, etc. They would also occasionally have trips on the weekend, which was always really fun. Some of my favourites was going strawberry picking in Itoshima, or riding the boats along the canals of Yanagawa.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was definitely the communication barrier as my Japanese speaking ability was pretty much non-existent when I first arrived. However I decided to jump into the deep end and stay with a host family for my first month. It turned out to be the best decision I could’ve made. They were so friendly and welcoming that I straight away felt at home in Japan. They introduced me to a lot of cultural things I wouldn’t have otherwise experienced and, as a bonus, my Japanese improved so much faster with having to speak it everyday.

This really helped my confidence with speaking and allowed me to use it in real-life situations, like ordering from restaurants or asking for directions. So I’d really recommend this for anyone that’s a bit worried about being able to communicate. Even if your Japanese isn’t very good yet, I found that locals really appreciate you at least trying to say a few words.

How could you have better prepared for your time in Japan?

I would’ve tried to budget my money better. I came to Japan thinking, ”I’ll just see how it goes“ but around a month in I realised how quickly my bank account was being emptied. Everything is so exciting and you want to experience it all, but of course everything costs money.

It’s pretty tricky trying to find a job or part-time work as a foreigner. If your Japanese isn’t at least an N3 level (JLPT) then you’re pretty much stuck with teaching English lessons (if that’s your native language). It’s also not usually paid very well either. So I’d suggest to really make a plan before you arrive to figure out the best way to make your money last.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Osafumi Hamada

Job Title
Japanese Teacher and Cultural Event Organiser
Osafumi has a background in Architecture and studied fashion in Paris for a few years. He started off by learning French in Paris; that is when he realized his passion for Japanese culture and he wants to spread this to the world through his fashion and by teaching Japanese.
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What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory as when I was studying overseas. I had the opportunity to travel most of Europe and experience the differences in culture and traditions between Europe and Asia. That made my sense of pride as a Japanese stronger and I was determined to return to Japan and make an impact on people’s lives after this.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Ever since working for Meiji Academy, I was able to share my passion for the Japanese culture and language with the students I have interacted with, which has deepened my understanding on how international students perceived our culture to better organize future cultural events based on their interests.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the best memories I have from talking to return students is how I have managed to impact one particular student's life with my passion for Japanese culture and fashion. In fact, he actually decided to pursue Japanese culture for his major in university because of what I had taught and told him in class.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I were a student here at Meiji Academy, I would definitely take part in the Pop Culture course to understand more of the interesting cultures we have here in Japan. It is unique as compared to all other countries on this planet and I encourage students to explore this exciting mix of traditional and modern culture!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What is unique about Meiji Academy is that it is not only a language school but also a centre for intercultural exchange. Here, students can also earn more about Japanese culture (both pop and traditional) and explore the culture that lays outside of the textbook. I believe this to be an invaluable experience.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Passion. Without passion, employees will not be able to work to an optimal level. Staff must be passionate about his/her job so they will give their best in their tasks at hand. Passion also makes teaching more enjoyable to the teachers as well as learning more fun for the students. I can most certainly see that staff members, teachers and students at Meiji Academy are highly motivated and passionate, which makes me happy to be teaching here!