about us

In 1993 there was a Teachers Seminar in Mumbai... At this seminar, Iseda Sensei of the Japan Foundation suggested that should be a Teachers Association to help Japanese teachers. The participants of the seminar eagerly embraced the idea. Sasaki Sensei enthusiastically supported them, and TAJ was born. It was Founder President Bipin Kapadia who came up with the name, reasoning that the acronym TAJ was easier to pronounce than JTA!!

TAJ started in a small way with only three members, but we have over 40 members now - some of them actually alive and active...

We at TAJ have realised that language and culture go hand in hand. The best way to understand the culture of another country is to learn it's language. On the other hand, just learning a language is not enough unless you try to understand the culture of the other country as well...

Based on this idea, we concentrate on two things - one is to provide a support system for Japanese Language teachers in Mumbai. Teachers can interact with each other, and exchange information about new teaching methods and text books. They can discuss their problems in teaching and give each other guidance. New teachers can bring their problems to their senpai, and get the help that they require. We try to create opportunities for such exchanges and discussions by organizing seminars and benyoukais. We are very grateful to the Consulate General of Japan in Mumbai and the Japan Foundation for the support that they give us in organising these events.

The members of TAJ have two things in common - we are all Japanese teachers, and we have a deep love of Japan and its culture. There are so many things about Japanese culture that we can emulate - the punctuality, their courtesy, their aesthetic sense, their cleanliness... so the second thing we try to do is to introduce various aspects of Japanese culture the language students in Mumbai. We hold cultural events, gakusei clubs etc. so that students are not always stressed out by exams and competitions, but can experience the joy of using the Japanese they have learnt in class.