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Nista Online Japanese Class

As part of introducing Japanese culture, Sushinista offers Japanese language classes.


Beginning Kanji I Class
by Nishikawa Sensei

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Want to learn Japanese?

 At home ! 

Nista Online Japanese Class is for those who:

 Live feedback from the instructor ! 

  • Want to start a new thing

  • ​Like traveling and cultural exchange

  • Want to start a new thing

  • Have been interested in Japanese but had no chance to study 

  • Want to develop Japanese language skills but have no time to commute

  • Used to take a Japanese class but have not used it for a while

  • Want to have a fun & meaningful language learning experience at an affordable price

  • Want to gain solid Japanese language skills from a qualified teacher

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Course Descriptions

- Currently Beginning Level Only -

1. Hiragana & Katakana Class
          (1 course 6 lessons)

​No Textbook Required

Did you know… the Japanese language uses three kinds of characters? They are Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji (Chinese characters). Hiragana and Katakana are Japanese alphabets, which may look like a drawing at first ! Upon completion of this course, you will be able to read and write a number of Japanese words using Hiragana and Katakana. The class also introduces a couple of Japanese greeting expressions.

2. Beginning Japanese Series
         (1 course 12 lessons)

Textbook: Genki I (Third Edition)

Now let’s focus on the development of basic language skills – speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be able to read and produce Japanese sentences with Hiragana, Katakana, and a number of Kanji upon completion of the Beginning Series. Kanji characters will be introduced from Lesson 3. Basic knowledge of Hiragana & Katakana is recommended.

3. Kanji Series (w/emphasis on conversational skills)
         (1 course 6 lessons)

Textbook: Basic Kanji Book Vol.1 (New Edition 2015-)

The Kanji Series is perfect for brushing up your Japanese skills ! This is where you try speaking, reading, and writing longer sentences using Kanji. Students will also learn useful expressions that include Kanji.
The Kanji Series is for those who:

  • Are proficient in Hiragana, Katakana, and beginner-level Japanese grammar, but don’t know or can’t remember Kanji

  • Used to take a Japanese class but have not used it for a while

  • Want to review past Japanese lessons while improving Kanji skills

The instructor will ask you a lot of questions in Japanese during class in the Kanji Series, so you can develop your conversational skills as well.

勉強しよう !

Let' start !

Class Schedule

  • Three terms: Spring (January-April), Summer (May-July), Fall (September-December) 

  • Once per week

  • March & November: Hiragana & Katakana Class / Kanji Series open upon request 

Spring 2023 Classes

Hiragana/Katakana (1 course 6 lessons)
Beginning Japanese (1 course 12 lessons)

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Kanji Series
(1 course 6 lessons)

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Approximate Level & Learning Schedule Example

for those starting now

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Class schedule can be flexible.
Please contact if you would like to consult.  

Lesson Tickets

To purchase lesson tickets, please go to Sushinista Online Order Site.

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How to use lesson tickets:

Use your tickets for any course you want to take. For example:

    - Hiragana & Katakana Class: 6 lessons
    - Hiragana & Katakana Class & 1 Beginning Japanese Course: 18 lessons (6 + 12 lessons)

    - 2 Beginning Japanese Courses: 24 lessons (12 + 12 lessons)

    - 1 Kanji Course: 6 lessons

    - 1 Beginning Japanese Course & 1 Kanji Course: 18 lessons (12 + 6 lessons)


Click            Sushinista Online Order Site 

  1.  Select "Schedule for later" and click Update or Start Order button at the bottom

  2.  At the very bottom of the online order page, you can find “NISTA JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASS”

  3.  Select your ticket

  4.  At the Checkout, please disregard the tip section

  5.  Once your payment is done, the description of the class including the textbook information will be sent to your e-mail address

  • The lesson fee is not refundable. If you cannot attend class, please contact the instructor at least 24 hours before the class starts. A recording of the lesson will be available if you cannot attend the class.

  • Not in the US?
    Please contact You cannot make a payment on Sushinista's website. 

Instructor: Takako Nishikawa



Born in Kyoto Japan, Takako Nishikawa has always been interested in cultural exchange and gained a national license as a tour guide from the Japanese government. 

Takako received her B.A. in Law from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. She earned her M.A. in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from San Francisco State University with the title of distinguished student. She also passed Japanese-Language Teaching Competency Test administered by the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.

Takako has been teaching Japanese to a wide range of age groups from children to university students to adults in the Bay Area since 2009. It includes San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, Diablo Valley College, and Japan Society of Northern California. 

Students Feedback 

This was a wonderful experience for me.

I loved learning about the radicals and the gaining more insight into use of particular words, e.g., から, because both help me move toward better understanding of Japanese.
(Kanji Series "Beginning Kanji II")

Questions? OR Tutor Inquiries? 

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