Former Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Masahiko Yamada came to our school and talked about lots of current issues regarding food safety including main crop seeds act, Monsanto legal cases, organic food production trends in the world and Japan going the opposite direction meekly following American interests, etc. It was so educational!! Thank you very much Minister!


Also one of my old students from 20 years ago happened to find out about the event from her friend in Kochi and we had an unexpected happy reunion.



It was so hot, but our fun level was so hot and high as well! We had another fun day at Estaminet Summer Camp 2019. Every year I really feel that childrens’ shiny eyes are the best. When they are having fun and having a good time, they eyes really shine. I also love their curious eyes when they are focused and try to figure out something.

We did bread and jam making, making soap, did some scientific experiments, water balloon activities, mask making, and so on. Lots of science and art!

I really appreciate all the students’ hard work and the staff’s hard work to prepare for this day.




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Miwako's EYE, PICK UP, Students, TOEIC



Kazue took the TOEIC test to commemorate her 70 years of life with her daughter. She could get quite a good score. So she thought if she studied for another year, she would be able to get even higher score. It turned out that the second time she took the test, the score was much lower than she had anticipated. She felt quite disappointed and decided to try again for one more time. She studied so hard for a year. She told me that toward the end until the day of the exam, she studied for 6 hours a day! She successfully got 575 which very much satisfied her. Now she says she treasures the result and I am so proud of her.











Here at Estaminet, we try not only to teach English, but also to make people who can stand in the global stage with confidence, who always pursue personal growth and can contribute to future generations. Here is the course for junior high and high school students to learn how to code in English in Osaka. Please check it out! https://kc-i.jp/activity/prosch/2019summer/#course1


App Inventor、Pythonを用いたゲームやアプリの作成、VRによる3D環境体験に加え、今回はロボットプログラミングにもチャレンジ。


PICK UP, Students


There are so many students I am proud of here at Estaminet. Kiyoko was a student 10 years ago studying academic papers of psychology with me. Her profession was to help domestic violence victims at the time. She has continued working on the field and decided to apply for the program offered by JWLI-II – Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative.

The website says, “JWLI-II offers an executive leadership development program that transforms Japanese women to be action-oriented leaders with confidence to lead, skills and knowledge to manage, and a plan to make social change in Japan.


彼女が応募したJWLIプログラム(Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative)は、「日本各地より選ばれた、活躍が期待される女性リーダーたちを、さらに行動力のあるリーダーへ育成します。ボストンで行われる4週間のプログラムを中心とした2年間にわたる研修を通して、応募者の中から選ばれた「フェロー」たちは、リーダーとなる自信とマネージメントのスキルや知識を身につけ、社会変革をもたらす具体的なプランを構築し実現に向け推進します。東京での事前研修後、ボストンでは非営利団体(NPO)、社会起業家やインキュベーターなど数団体を視察訪問し、組織運営のノウハウやファンドレイジングの手法、リーダーシップなどを学びます。また、アントレプレナーシップの分野で全米1位を誇るバブソン大学にて、1週間にわたる女性社会人向けのリーダーシップ研修にも参加します。さらに、同大学教授による指導のもと、自身が実現したいと考える社会変革に対するアクションプランを立案し発表します。帰国後はメンターの伴走のもと、その実行に向けて推進していただきます。」


JWLI-II provides:

  • Personal growth opportunities to be an action-oriented leader
  • Skills and knowledge from hands-on training with successful nonprofit organizations
  • Learning from the Babson Women’s Leadership Program: From Opportunity to Action
  • Coaching and mentorship to develop and implement a 2-year Action Plan, an achievable roadmap to turn a dream vision of social change into reality in Japan
  1. 実行力のあるリーダーとしての自覚と自信を身につける
  2. ボストンで成功している非営利団体や社会的企業からその運営や最新事例、またその社会における役割を学ぶ
  3. バブソン大学で「女性のための戦略的なリーダーシップ」コースを受講し、実際に役に立つリーダーシップを学ぶ
  4. 日本社会に変革をもたらす自分の夢 (ビジョン) をアクションプランとして立案する
  5. 帰国後、2年間のメンターシップの支援 の元にアクションプランを実行し、社会変革を実現させる
Kiyoko had to write a 600 word English essay that she is going to be involved. After passing through that screening, she had to go through a 40-minute interview in English. She came to Estaminet for the interview practice.
At the actual interview, there were four interviewers and she had to explain about the current situation in Japan, her issue, domestic violence, the need to establish the system to rehabilitate the victims, and so on. It was quite tough and it lasted for 50 minutes! She practiced many probable questions she might have to answer in the lessons. Among many candidates from across Japan to the program, only two were accepted. Well done Kiyoko!

実際の試験では、4人の面接官に対して、自身が取り組んでいる社会問題Domestic Violenceの日本の現状や、法律の仕組み、加害者更生システムの必要性など、英語で正確に伝えることはが求められ苦労したそうです。それに40分と言われていたのに50分もあったそうです。しかし、レッスンで講師と何度もさまざまな面接のシチュエーションを練習したかいがあって、全国から来た受験生の中でたった二人という合格枠に無事に合格することができました。本当に素晴らしい快挙です!

She is scheduled to go to Boston in six months and is trying to improve her English skills. I am truly excited about her future. After returning to Japan and completing two years of training with her mentor, she will be transformed to be fully qualified to be an action-oriented leader.
再度このプログラムのミッション:transforms Japanese women to be action-oriented leaders with confidence to lead, skills and knowledge to manage, and a plan to make social change in Japan(日本女性を人をリードしている自信を持ち、マネッジメントのスキルと知識があり、さらに日本に社会変革を起こすプランをもつ実行力のあるリーダーに変える)


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