I’ve taken lessons from Kumiko-san for three years while living in Fukuoka, and found her to be a skilled, dedicated instructor who greatly enhanced my ability to speak Japanese. Initially, our lessons were in-person, and Kumiko was always professional and well-prepared. When the coronavirus pandemic started, we switched to on-line courses. While meeting face-to-face has some socializing advantages, Kumiko leveraged technology to enhance our online sessions, resulting in an even more productive and engaging learning experience. She also was very flexible with my busy, changing schedule, and always made time in her own busy schedule to ensure that we were able to meet. Kumiko-san’s teaching style and ability to read the student was critical to successful learning. Her skills and experience allow her to sense when a student is struggling, and she uses alternative explanations or finds additional resources to adapt to the student’s way of learning. Learning Japanese isn’t always easy, but Kumiko-san always makes it enjoyable and productive. Her personality, skills and dedication have earned my highest recommendation.