About Us

A Community is a Living Thing

“Life is better shared”

Meet the Team

Rachel

Co-founder/ Owner

Rachel is co-owner of Ryozan Park. She also works as a narrator and writer and is a former NHK World TV weathercaster. She enjoys designing Ryozan Park spaces, reading, and travel. She has two young children. Read more about Rachel and Ryozan Park here.

Naomi

Co-founder / Director

Our school’s director, Naomi Kondo, is a licensed kindergarten and elementary school teacher with 13 years of experience and a masters degree in intercultural communication and leadership in primary education. She is also a registered Japanese nursery nurse (hoikushi). Naomi learned English as an intern in Oregon, US, and has been a member of the Ryozan Park community since 2012. She enjoys tea ceremony and sewing toys for her two small children.

Margaret

Co-founder/ Consultant

Margaret has a degree in psychology and brings 10 years of combined classroom and preschool management experience to Ryozan Park Preschool. She spearheaded Benesse’s BE Studio program and Tokyo International School’s Kindergarten program through curriculum writing and teacher training.

A fan of sushi, chocolate, karaoke and baby dance parties, Margaret has a soft spot for working moms and loves to read non-fiction in her spare time.

Shingo

Community Manager

Ura-kun is our community manager. He coordinates networking and collaboration between members and takes care of the day-to-day running of the offices at Ryozan Park Otsuka. He can usually be found at the front desk with Naomi. Please feel free to ask him any questions you might have about the office or RZP community.

Jacquie

Teacher

Jacquie is from Tanzania and has worked in early childhood education in Japan for nearly 20 years. She has experience in a variety of environments and systems and is qualified in the Montessori method. Special skills include curriculum development, behaviour management and parent-teacher liaison.

Jacquie is an expert at helping new parents accept many changes throughout their child’s first preschool experience. From independence to problem-solving, confidence building to care for others, Jacquie can lighten the toughest days for new moms.

April

Teacher

April from the UK has a degree in graphic design with illustration. In London, she introduced children to different cultural dress through workshops at the Victoria and Albert Museum using the exhibited works as a reference. She also has a side project that strives to spark kids curiosity and understanding of other cultures and their cuisine through storytelling. April has two years of experience teaching in Japan and designed curricula at her previous school. She loves the outdoors and trying new foods, and spends her spare time at galleries and museums.

Via

Support Teacher

Via, from the Philippines, believes it’s important to teach children to have open hearts and minds. She says she has found her calling as an international preschool teacher. She loves teaching phonics and watching the children grow with love and understanding.

Via likes following painting tutorials and making Halloween costumes such as fairies and unicorns to entertain the children. She is also a fan of anime, pastries, chocolate, sushi, ramen and especially kids’ smiling faces!

Adelina

Support Teacher

Adelina has 17 years of experience as a nanny and 10 years of experience supporting teachers in a school for children with special needs. Miss Adelina loves working with young kids and they always respond well to her warmth and kindness. She can send any child to sleep with her gentle touch. Adelina has two grown children of her own and two grandchildren in the Philippines.

She loves cooking Filipino food in large quantities and getting in relaxing time at home.

Ryoko

Hoikushi

Ryoko is a licensed nursery nurse (hoikushi) with 4 years of kindergarten teaching experience, 3 years office staff experience, and 1 year as an au pair in Ireland for four children! She loves travel and manga – especially Doraemon. Ryoko is studying for her TOIEC and preparing to live abroad, hopefully in Ireland, New York, or Canada.

In her free time, she loves hunting for fabulous cosmetics and taking the cutest photos of Ryozan Park kids.

Eri

Hoikushi

Born and raised in Japan to an English mother and Japanese father. She studied maths at university in the UK with a year abroad in Canada. After working in an office for more than 11 years, she decided to change her career and studied to become a licensed Japanese nursery nurse and joined Ryozan Park Preschool.

In her spare time, Eri loves playing with her two children at home, exploring new places on foot, and having picnics in the park. She also likes snowboarding in the winter and travelling.

Yuka

Hoikushi

Yuka is a licensed nursery nurse (hoikushi) with almost 15 years of combined Japanese, international preschool and kindergarten experience. She recently started her own English After School program in Ebisu called Lucky Clover. In just two short years, she has wowed more than 50 families with her craft and science-filled monthly and seasonal school programs.

Yuka loves planning and making crafts as well as cookie decorating.

Meet The Family

As an international family communicating in three languages, we understand the rewards that come with diverse perspectives.

It has been wonderful to see the place where our family has lived for 100 years invigorated by new ideas, cultures, and friendship since Ryozan Park opened. Families have blossomed, and individuals flourished in a vibrant community that believes in collaboration, work-life balance and equality. A community is a living thing, and ours continues to evolve, year on year, growing in texture and richness with each new member.

We look forward to meeting you,

The Takezawas.

Timeline

Our journey so far

2011

Inspired by the efforts of international students in supporting Japan after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, Nori returns home after five years in Washington DC with plans to invigorate his local community. Rachel is working as an announcer at NHK World TV and writing a thesis on gender equality in the Japanese workplace. They meet in December.

2012

Ryozan Park Share House opens in April. Rooms are full after just a few months and the community begins to flourish.

2013

Shared offices open in the Sugamo Grand Toho building and attract international startups. Nori and Rachel research the best ways to add value to their community, promote work-life balance and support working mothers in Tokyo.

2015

Following the success of the offices and share house in Sugamo, Ryozan Park Otsuka opens with private offices, coworking and a part-time daycare called Kosodate Village.

2018

Kosodate Village is replaced by Ryozan Park Preschool, offering full-time curriculum-based preschool education in English.

2019

Office membership continues to grow. Two additional coworking spaces open in Sugamo: gallery-style Annex and cafe-style Lounge, which features a bar powered by a local craft beer company.

2011

Inspired by the efforts of international students in supporting Japan after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, Nori returns home after five years in Washington DC with plans to invigorate his local community. Rachel is working as an announcer at NHK World TV and writing a thesis on gender equality in the Japanese workplace. They meet in December.

2012

Ryozan Park Share House opens in April. Rooms are full after just a few months and the community begins to flourish.

2013

Shared offices open in the Sugamo Grand Toho building and attract international startups. Nori and Rachel research the best ways to add value to their community, promote work-life balance and support working mothers in Tokyo.

2015

Following the success of the offices and share house in Sugamo, Ryozan Park Otsuka opens with private offices, coworking and a part-time daycare called Kosodate Village.

2018

Kosodate Village is replaced by Ryozan Park Preschool, offering full-time curriculum-based preschool education in English.

2019

Office membership continues to grow. Two additional coworking spaces open in Sugamo: gallery-style Annex and cafe-style Lounge, which features a bar powered by a local craft beer company.

Join the Team

Do you want a job that encourages diversity and work-life balance, where you can meet new people in a village-like environment, supporting the needs of individuals, where you can have your voice heard be an integral part of a small team? Check below for opportunities or email to let us know how your expertise could enhance our community.

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