Japanese Language Instructor


Naomi Kuroda

こんにちは!黒田直美(くろだ なおみ)と申します。埼玉県出身です。OISTに来る前は、秋田県と中米のニカラグアにいました。人と海と温泉とおいしい食べものを探すことが大好きです。体は小さいですが、見かけによらずよく食べます。


Hello, everyone!  My name is Naomi Kuroda.  I’m from Saitama prefecture and lived in Akita and Nicaragua before coming to OIST.  I like people, the beautiful ocean, hot springs and looking for yummy food.  I am tiny but am quite a big eater. 

Language learning broadens your horizons and always gives you new insights, but having fun is essential to keep learning as well.  I hope the Japanese language and culture enrich your daily and research life in Okinawa even more than now.  So let’s have fun learning Japanese together!


Ai Maruyama







I’ve had more than 15 years of experience as a Japanese language teacher in Japan and overseas, teaching at universities, Japanese language schools, and special courses for international students at universities and Japanese language classes on U.S. military bases.

My goal is not only to teach Japanese, but also to make students interested in Japanese culture and customs, and to help them develop their abilities to the maximum extent possible; so that they can acquire useful Japanese for their own purposes.

 Effort is essential for language acquisition. There may be times when you feel discouraged, but let's enjoy learning Japanese together!

I am looking forward to the day when I can study Japanese with you all.


Reiko Shinyashiki








Hello, everyone.

I am from Okinawa and have taught Japanese in Okinawa so far. Learning a language broadens your horizons and increases your opportunities.

Through language acquisition, I would be happy if everyone felt the goodness of Okinawa.

Let's continue while having fun without giving up!