Hello, everyone. I’m Ueno Daijiro.
I’m teaching Japanese from my house in Finland.
(Finland is severely cold in winter, but the houses are as warm as the people here)
— About Me —
I was born in Nara and grew up in Tokorozawa city which is right above Tokyo. I majored in IT at university, but what appealed to me most during college life was philosophy and other liberal-art classes, rather than technical subjects such as physics, and thus my favorite topics would always be culture, history, philosophy, art, politics and such.
After graduation I went for a master’s degree and also Ph.D., and ended up being a translator at a company in Tokyo, working there until April 2018. Right before resigning I looked for an opportunity to live in a country in Europe, visited the UK and happened to meet a Finnish girl. Soon we fell in love and became a couple, and somewhat impulsively I changed the destination of my second life from England to Finland.
— Experience —
I’m based on Cafetalk, teaching Japanese for a year, but before doing this I was offering free (or almost free) lessons through Skype for about 3 years. In addition, I used to be a part-time teacher at a cram school for 6 years, and also a part-time lecturer at my university when I was doing my master’s and doctor’s course.
To begin with I struggled understanding difficulties my students commonly had, but the more I listened to and got to know them, the more I could get closer to their perspective, and thus when I started offering paid lessons a couple of years ago, I was able to adjust my lesson-style accordingly to each student and had much more confidence.
— Lessons —
As briefly mentioned in the previous column, I can adjust my style for each student and will never be stubborn about how our lessons should be. If you’d like to take casual, short-term lessons, I would recommend “Casual Conversation” course which I offer. If you’d rather take serious and mid-to-long-term lessons, then “Learning Japanese” course would be best for us.
I also offer “Free Trial” which is a one-time free discussion, so you can always request this course if you don’t have a concrete idea about your study.
I’m always happy to see you, so please don’t hesitate to book a lesson/contact me.
▢▢▢ Life and Hobbies ▢▢▢
I live in a small city in Finland surrounded by a lot of trees, fresh air, clear sky and kind people. If you’re interested in me as a person, you can check my hobbies listed below.
o Music: I like classical music and rock music mainly from the UK and the U.S.. In my youth I had my own band and used to do some live performances in Tokyo and its vicinity.
o Poetry: This is my recent hobby. I particularly like American contemporary poets, such as Charles Bukowski and E. E. Cummings.
o Movies: Scorsese, Kurosawa and Kubrick are my favorite directors, and I would note “Taxi Driver”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and “Lawrence of Arabia” as my top 3 movies.
o Language: I’m learning English, French and Swedish every day. I can also learn new things about Japanese through the lessons, which I regard as a perk of teaching a language.
o Travelling: I like travelling and have been to the UK, Germany, and most of all 47 prefectures in Japan. Since I’ve spent 15 years in a city pretty close to Tokyo, I would often visit there for shopping and meeting friends.
— Finnish sauna / with my lover / our dogs —