• Position: Upper-level Japanese
  • Department: Japanese
  • Phone: (616) 526-8623
  • Email: yt23@calvin.edu
  • Office location: Hiemenga Hall 417 | Map


When Yoshiko is not planning lessons or teaching, she loves spending time with her children, Eric, who is in high school, and her daughter, Emily, who is in middle school. Yoshiko also enjoys scrapbooking pictures of her family, meeting new people, and spending time with old friends.


Yoshiko was born in Osaka, Japan, and grew up in Shiga Prefecture, which is next to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. She received her degree in education from Shiga University, a national university that specializes in teacher training. She earned a certificate to teach elementary, middle school and high school. Yoshiko has also taken graduate courses at Michigan State University in adult education and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language in 1988.

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After teaching English to students and business people in Japan for over two years, as well as serving as an interpreter for different organizations, Yoshiko moved to Grand Rapids in 1991 and has worked both as a teacher and an interpreter/translator. She has taught the Japanese language at many different institutions, including high schools, universities, Japanese schools and a children’s learning center, as well as providing private and customized lessons in various settings. Yoshiko is also privileged to translate Christian literature into Japanese to spread the good news of the Gospel in Japan.


  • Japanese 215/216 - Advanced Japanese
  • Japanese 217/218 - Modern Japanese Literature