We Love Japanese!

Nihongo Master is made by people who love the Japanese language and culture. We work hard every day to make this the best online Japanese language learning resource available! Here's some of the people that make up who we are.



Taylor founded Nihongo Master in late 2011 after taking a trip to Japan. After studying with various materials available to him to prepare for his trip, he came back wanting to build a better tool for not only himself but for others to learn as well. Taylor leads the Nihongo Master team as well as develops the code to support everything.


Japanese Instructor

Masako, a native of Japan, is an experienced Japanese instructor. She has taught Japanese in Brazil, Japan, and the U.S. to students at all levels. She earned her undergraduate degree in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language from Osaka University, and a Master's degree in International and Comparative Education from Indiana University. She loves Japanese books, dramas, and cooking. Her favorite dish is tamago-kake-gohan (rice bowl with raw egg!).

Taylor Ahlstrom

Content and Community Manager

Our "other" Taylor is a writer and world traveler who handles everything from social media and writing our blog to marketing and graphic design. She has a B.S. in Sociology, a background in financial analysis, and a passion for exploring the world and learning new things. Her favorite anime is GTO and her favorite Japanese food is shabu-shabu. You can find her here or looking up flights to Japan right now.