Misa Tsuyoshi is a Japanese native, who graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Her major was American and English literature. After graduation, her language proficiency in both Japanese and English led her to work as an editor at Recruit Corporation, a public relation representative at Shiseido The Ginza and a localization staff member at Microsoft Japan. Throughout her carrier in Japan, her focus was on “how to use the most appropriate language to be best understood.”
She also practiced and was a practitioner of the Japanese traditional horseback archery school—one of the oldest ceremonial martial arts in Japan.
Her husband’s job brought them to the U.S. She started teaching Japanese private lessons while raising their son. Over the past 14 years, she has tutored home-schooled children, grade/high school children and adults. She has longtime adult students who frequently visit Japan. She also taught Japanese conversation classes (CE courses) at UW-Waukesha.
She enjoys sharing her culture. She presented Japanese cultural presentations at area schools as well as horseback archery demonstrations in Iowa.
Her Japanese teaching style is based on her deep understanding of Japanese language, culture, mentality and value – all of which make Japanese unique with multiple levels of honorific expressions. Her experiences in the editorial/public relations field and localization (from English to Japanese) polished her ability in finding the most practical, accurate and appropriate vocabulary for each situation. Her intention is to teach skills and words that help the person to be understood well.
She was also well-trained in business manners as she worked in the Japanese corporate world – happy to share what to do and what not to do as a businessperson.
She enjoys gardening, walking, reading, teaching/practicing Tai Chi/Qigong (she is a certified instructor in both wellness modalities) and watching Japanese drama while cooking.