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last updated: 3/10/2017

Coming UP

Speech Contest
April 28, 2018

Japan Day
April 15, 2018

Study Tour
"Botchan Town" (2015 & 2016)



CLICK HERE to go to  publisher's webpage

Click HERE to go to my Botchan Site (Jcosmos Moodle) still under development

わたしのホームページへようこそ (Welcome to my homepage)

Contact Information




Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Sabbatical Leave


* I will be taking a sabbatical leave; thus, my response will be delayed.


MRP 2061 (916) 278 - 5667
Email is the best way to reach me.

Department Phone & Fax:

(916) 278 - 6333   
(916) 278 - 5502


Department of World Languages and Literatures
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6087

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Other Important Links

うさぎちゃんページ Usagi-chan Genki Resource Page
Created by Andrea Shea and Kazue Masuyama

Japanese Language Program at CSUS

Japan Club (J-club web page)

Online Resource for CSUS students


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Background ::


ACADEMIC POSITIONS (Japanese language teaching & research)

  • Currently, Professor, California State University at Sacramento
    • Associate Professor (Fall 2008 ~ Spring 2013)
    • Assistant Professor (Fall 2003 ~Spring 2008)
    • Instructor (Spring 2002 - Spring 2003)

  • Other responsibilities

  • Fall 1999 - Fall, 2000
    Assistant Director, Mary Tsukamoto California Japanese Language Academy, Elk Grove, California-Japanese language teacher credentialing program
  • Fall 1993 - Spring 1999
    Coordinator& Instructor, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
  • September 1992 - June 1993
    Instructor, University of California at Davis, Davis, California
  • September 1990 - August 1992 & Summer 1993
    Instructor, TA, & research assistant, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • Summer 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004
    Instructor, Summer Japanese Language Program, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan


  • 2014-2015 Outstanding University Service Awards from Sacramento State
    Award Ceremony Photo (March 2015) and Thank you note

  • 2010 Outstanding Advisor Awards Runner-Up by Student Organizations & Leadership, Sacramento State

  • 2006 NCJLT Teacher Award for the College Level. The National Council of Japanese Language Teacher (NCJLT) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of Japanese language teaching at all educational levels across the United States. Recently, the organization was merged with the American Teachers of Japanese Languages (AATJ).
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  • 2005 FLAGS Outstanding Teacher 2005. Foreign Language Association of Greater Sacramento (FLAGS) is an affiliate of the California Language Teachers' Association, a non-profit, multi-language professional membership organization. Members of FLAGS teach languages other than English and ESL at all levels, kindergarten through university.     

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Research Publications/Presentations/Projects/Interests (Selected) ::

List of Publications, Presentations, Web Page Development, and Commission work (Please email Kazue Masuyama)


Sabbatical Research 2017-2018:

The Wartime and Post war Diaries of a Local Issei Woman [日記から見る日米戦争と戦後を生き抜いたある一世女性の人生]



< Japanese Literature and Language Teaching >

< Japanese Language Teaching and Learning >

  • Chapter 5 "Shinsai Tanka: Hisaisha no Koe" (Poems of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Voices of the Victims) in Monty’s Bridge to Tomorrow (advanced Japanese language and culture online textbook) by ScholarWorks@UA (the University of Alaska Anchorage).

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) - Presentations - Please visit Kazue & Mieko J- Learning and Teaching Website.

    • "Let’s Experience Powerful 4 “R” Strategies to Get You Out of a Rut,” Nashville, TN, 2017
    • "Omotenashi: Impact of Japanese Hospitality Spirit on Learners’ Perspectives. Boston, MA, 2016.
    • "The Power of Kawaii: Transforming students to be life-long learners" San Diego, CA, 2015.
    • "Osu! The Ouendan – Ultimate Motivation, Collaboration and Advocacy" San Antonio, TX, 2014.
    • "Making literature alive using Project Learning Bicycle in Pre-AP Classroom" Orland, FL, 2013.
    • “Incorporating Fitness Science for Today’s Digital Natives in Japanese Classroom” Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
    • “Motivating Learners to Communicate Through Innovative Thematic Approach (Japanese Calligraphy)” Denver, CO, 2011.
    • “Fun and effective Kanji learning activities using Bloom's taxonomy” Boston, MA, 2010. Click here for more information (Kanji)

  • Workshop at Teachers of Japanese in Southern California 南カリフォルニア日本語教師会: Promoting Intercultural Competence, Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Presentation, Teaching Using Technology at Ehime University in 2015 - Presentation PPT

  • Constructivism - Vygotsky's educational theory
    ヴィゴツキーの教育理論に基づく上級カリキュラム作成の試み “An Attempt to Develop an Advanced Level of Japanese Language Instruction Based on Vygotsky’s Educational Theory” (with Masako Taguchi). In Bulletin of the ICU Summer Courses in Japanese, Vol. 18:133-154. Tokyo, Japan: International Christian University. 2002.

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< Translation Project >

  • Translated, organized, and edited the Japanese language World War II era diaries of an Issei (first generation) woman who lived in Sacramento

< Global Education>

  • Published the following two writings in「第2章送出し側から見た日本とEUへの短期留学、言語・文化対策との関連」佐藤(編)『日本とEU諸国における短期留学の特徴と高等教育の国際化に果たす役割の比較研究』東京工業大学
    Chapter 2. The Short-Term Study Abroad to Japan and Europe and its Relationship to Language and Culture Policy: Senders’ Perspective in Sato (ed.) Comparative Study on Student Exchange to Japan and non-English Speaking EU Countries, Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2011.
    • 1) 「米国の事例1 米国の派遣留学戦略から学ぶもの」 (With Misako Takeuchi) “US Case Study 1: US Strategies to increase the number of participants in study abroad program,” 87-124.
    • 2) 「米国の事例2 海外での日本語・文化教育と連携し、日本への派遣留学を促進するモデルの提言」“US Case Study 2: Importance of Japanese language and culture learning overseas: A suggested model based on the US case studies,”125-142.

  • "Chapter 3: Foreign Language Education.” In W. Cummings, and J. Hawkins (Eds.), Transnational Competence: Rethinking the U.S. - Japan Educational Relationship. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2000. 41-55.

  • <TNC> 政策研究グループ 『グローバル時代の教育戦略 新生トランスナショナリズムの教育:「インターナショナル」から「グローバル」へ』
    The Task Force For Transnational Competence: Policy Research Group. Educational Strategies of Global Era – New Education of Transnationalism: From International to Global). Tokyo, Japan: ALC Inc., 1998. 211 pages. Author of different passages, passim.

  • The Task Force for Transnational Competence. Towards Transnational Competence.  Rethinking International Education: A US-Japan Case Study. New York: Institute of International Education, 1997. 151 pages.

<Global Education / Study Abroad Program>

<Other Professional Services >

  • Co-Director (2014 - 2016), Fall Conference (ACTFL-affiliated), American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)

  • Review paper/presentation proposals of Japanese language educational conferences/meetings.

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Technology ::

CSU Course Redesign Project: AY2016-2017

Development of Intensive Japanese Language Course

Service ::

Service to University

Service to Department

  • Area head, Japanese Language program (2006 ~ Present)
  • Assessment Committee (2004 ~ Present)
  • Part-time committee (2008 ~ Present)
  • Technology (2004 ~ Present)
  • RTP Committee (2012-2014)
  • Search Committee (2013-2014)
  • Curriculum Committee (2004-2006)
  • Public Relationship Committee (2004-2006)
  • World Language Day Committee (web) (2002-2006)
    International Night (2005, 2006) to celebrate outstanding students. Slide show = click HERE.
  • Foreign language requirement:

Service to Students

  • Japan Club adviser (Fall 2004 ~ present)
    • Japan Club as Outstanding Organization (2009)!
    • Japan Club Web Page
      • 2017-2018: President Zack Mccormick, Vice President Matt Abraham
      • 2016-2017: President Zack Mccormick, Vice President Matt Abraham
      • 2015 FALL: President Jacob Wagnon, Vice President Kelsey Cooknick
      • 2014 FALL: President Jeremy Durant, Vice President Emynee Danielle
      • 2013 FALL: President Lilian Diep, Vice President Alex, Adviser Josh
      • 2012 FALL: President Josh Navarra, Vice President Alex
      • 2012 SPRING: President Chris Bouget, Vice President Josh
      • 2011 FALL: President Mariah & Vice President Brandon
      • 2011 SPRING: President Stephanie Pan & Vice President Brandon
      • 2010 FALL: President Chris Ellis & Vice President Stephanie Pan
      • 2009 - 2010: President Cesar Chavez & Vice President Mark Lopez
      • 2008 - 2009: President Sachiko Kobayashi & Vice President Alan Kwan
      • 2007 - 2008: President Christofer Lamb & Sachiko Kobayashi
      • 2006 - 2007: President Brian Berry & Vice President Takahiro Takahashi
      • 2005 - 2006: President Makito Shirasaka & Vice President Akina Tagi
           (J-Club members visited Yukiko sensei's class on March 4, 2005)
      • 2004 - 2005: President Isaiah Johnson & Vice President Teruyuki Kojima
    • JAlumni Web Page

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