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Associate Director of International Center

Noboru Goto
Noboru Goto

Hello everyone! Osaka Gakuin University is located a short fifteen minute train ride away from the center of the second largest metropolitan city in Japan: Osaka, the city well known for “Warai (comedy)” and its rich food culture. OGU rests a main train route toward to the ancient capital of Kyoto, where you will find 1,200 years of extraordinary rich history. Our campus is full of students from all over Japan and is characterized by greenery, safety and a cozy atmosphere. International students from around the world enjoy studying Japanese and Japanese culture on our campus. Most experience one of the most unforgettable times of their life, whether attending one semester or our year- long program. Along with our friendly, dedicated OGU teachers, students, host families and staff; I welcome you to OGU in the strong spirit of Osaka-style “Omotenashi no Kokoro (a spirit of good service)” and look forward to your arrival!

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Noboru Goto
Daryl M. Arakaki

Welcome to Osaka Gakuin University!
As you are preparing your luggage to come to OGU, I would suggest that the most important item you pack is a detailed list of what you wish to experience and accomplish while in Japan. Whether you are coming for a long-term exchange of 1 year or 1 semester, or just a short-term program of a few weeks, you will find that your time here will pass much too quickly. At the end of their study period at OGU, many students have told me that there were many things that they wanted to do, but put off until it was too late.
The teachers and staff at Osaka Gakuin University will try their best to help you achieve your goals and dreams in Japan, but first you will need to decide what those goals and dreams are.
Good Luck and hope to see you here in Osaka!

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Japanese Faculty Members

Ryosuke Masuda
Ryosuke Masuda

Classes: Advanced Level
Interests: Listening to music, Reading books
Traveled to: Vietnam
Message: “OGUで楽しく日本語を勉強しましょう。お会いするのを楽しみにしています。”
Let's have fun studying Japanese at OGU. I'm looking forward to seeing you !

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Misa Fukui
Misa Fukui

Classes: Upper Intermediate Level
International Experience:
-Taught Japanese in Latvia for 4 years
-Worked in New Zealand for 8 months
Message: "頑張って勉強するならぜひ来てください。"
If you study hard, by all means please come to OGU.

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Miho Yuki
Miho Yuki

Classes:Intermediate Level
Interests:Eating out, Traveling
Message: "いろいろなことを経験する良いチャンスです。ここ大阪の地で楽しみながら学んでください。"
This is a good chance to have new experiences. Enjoy studying in Osaka!

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Emiko Kobayashi
Emiko Kobayashi

Classes: Elementary Level
Interests: Traveling and swimming
International Experience:
-Studied in New York, U.S.A. for 4 years
-Lived in Madrid, Spain for 9 months
Traveled to: U.S.A., Canada, Bahamas, Spain, France, U.K., Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Fiji, Australia
Message: “新しいことに挑戦してみてください。”
Don’t hesitate to try something new!

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Shuhei Ono
Shuhei Ono

Interests: Rugby, baking, guitar (with shouts)
International Experience: Taught Japanese in Thailand for 6 years.
Message: 「たかが日本語、されど日本語!」 “It is only Japanese, but it is indeed Japanese.”

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International Center Staff

Hiroyuki Kumei
Hiroyuki Kumei

Interests: Watching baseball
Traveled to: U.S.A. England, France, Thailand and Singapore
Message: OGU's Japanese Studies Program is not simply about learning Japanese. You can also learn a lot about Japanese people, our lifestyle, and our culture. You won't ever have another chance to experience a home stay like ours. Osaka is also a very exciting city. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at OGU!

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Toshio Tsutsui
Toshio Tsutsui

Interests: Watching baseball, traveling and watching movies
Traveled to: U.S.A. Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Thailand, Australia and Singapore
Message: Studying abroad will be a precious memory in your life. By learning with people from all over the world, you will have a lot of opportunities to make international friends and it will also be a good chance to rethink about your own country. I think that now is the right time to study abroad to develop your potential and to make a big difference in your future! I look forward to meeting you here at OGU!

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Midori Hatanaka
Midori Hatanaka

Interests: Reading books, traveling, watching movies and plays
Study Abroad: Loras College and University of Northern Iowa in the U.S.A. for total 4 years, the Korean Language Institute at Yonsei University in Korea for 1 year
Traveled to: U.S.A., Canada, Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Spain, France, U.K. and Austria
Message: Studying and living abroad gives you not only a chance to learn different cultures and customs, but also a great opportunity to see yourself and your own country from a different angle. Take a step into your brand new future with us! I am looking forward to meeting you at OGU.

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Daniel Lilley
Daniel Lilley

Interests: Theatre, swimming, cycling and Karaoke
Study Abroad: Nagoya, Japan for 6 months
Traveled to: Australia, Fiji, Guam, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, U.K., Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Austria
Message: Japan is an amazing country with a very deep, rich history. Even after living in Japan for nine years I still discover new things every day and treasure every moment of being here.
I hope that all students who come to study at OGU put in 100% effort to get the most out of this once in a lifetime experience. I look forward to meeting you here at OGU!

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Tao Meng
Tao Meng

Interests: Traveling, cooking, swimming…
Study Abroad: Lancaster University in the U.K. for 1year
Travelled to: China, Japan, U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherland, Austria, Italy, etc.
My Message: Here are some of my favorite words I would like to share with you:
- Experience is everything!
- Opportunities are only for the people who are prepared.
Welcome to OGU, to get a life changing experience at OSAKA!

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Yuki Goda
Yuki Goda

Interests: Traveling, watching movies, and visiting museums
Study Abroad: Everett Community College and Central Washington University in the U.S.A. for 5 Years
Travelled to: Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Monaco, U.S.A. Canada and South Korea
Message: I would like to share this inspirational message from Senator J. William Fulbright with you. “Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations...” http://www.fulbright.jp/eng/keikaku/index.html

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Yuki Goda
Shoko Namba

Interests: Travelling, playing squash & tennis, theater and reading
Study Abroad: Studied English in the U.K. for 8 months
Traveled to: Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, U.K., Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany and U.S.A.
Message: Studying abroad may be a big decision to make, but it is definitely worth it. You can learn not only a language but also various things in life. I hope you will meet many people and gain precious memories and experiences here in Osaka. Come and study with us at OGU!

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Takako Kanazawa
Takako Kanazawa

Interests: Dancing
Travelled to: Europe, U.S.A. Hong Kong and Korea
Message: I hope you make great memories and experiences in Japan by studying abroad at OGU. I want to help you make your dreams come true.

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Yashu Yang
Yashu Yang

Interests: Watching musicals, cooking, visiting museums
International Experience: Study abroad to OGU for 2 years, Kobe University for 4 years; travelled to Germany, France, Singapore, and Indonesia.
Message: Studying abroad was a life changing experience. I am so fortunate to have had the experience to study abroad at OGU. I'm looking forward to meeting you at here.

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