About The Japanese Study School

The Japanese Study School was designed to help introduce Japanese culture to a UK audience. Founded in 2010 by Akemi Solloway Tanaka, over subsequent years the school has introduced students to a broad range of Japanese language and culture.

Whether it’s coaching students studying for their GCSE and A Level exams or instructing budding manga artists in their drawing skills, the Japanese Study School caters for a wide range of interests.

Japanese Language

The Japanese Study School offers different classes to match everyone’s level.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, our tutors will be at your side and follow your progress step by step.

Want to prepare for the annual JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) exam? Whether you wish to take an N5 or N1 level, our dedicated tutors will help you on the way to achieve the best result. If you are studying for your GCSE or an A Level exam, our tutors will be with you to help, support and guide you during your preparatory study.

Cultural courses

The Japanese Study School also provides its students with a wide range of cultural classes to help understand the Japanese lifestyle, arts and beliefs.

Try take a lesson in shodo (the art of calligraphy) and its zen ways to create from some measured strokes of your brush an eclectic form of art.

Want to know more about the Japanese native religion and beliefs? We can talk about shinto, “The way of the Gods”, that continues to inspire the Japanese mind. Learn about the many thousands of shrines (jinja) built all around Japan and the purpose they serve.

We also have tutors skilled in contemporary Japanese lifestyles. If you like manga, anime, dorama and otaku culture, we have classes and talks that can broaden your knowledge of Japanese pop culture.


The Japanese Study School is staffed with qualified teachers, many of whom have years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels.

We take care to select tutors who have enthusiasm and professionalism, yet also have a sense of creativity and engagement in the classroom.

Akemi Solloway Tanaka

Akemi Solloway Tanaka is a respected teacher, speaker and consultant on Japan and its culture.

Determined to unveil the mysteries of Japanese culture to a UK audience, in 2010 she founded the Japanese Study School.

As a teacher of the Japanese language, Akemi has worked with all levels of students from complete beginners through to advanced speakers. She believes that it is essential for students of Japanese language to understand the underlying culture, so her lessons often include aspects of the arts and customs of traditional and modern Japan.

For many years, Akemi has taught Japanese courses at Ardingly College, Sussex, as well as other schools and universities in South East England. She also sets, vets and marks examinations in Japanese for diplomats and serves on the Japanese Language Committee of the Association for Language Learning.

More information on Akemi Solloway, including details of her Japanese cultural trips, is available on her website: www.akemisolloway.com

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