Namiko Abe

Japanese Language Expert


B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University


  • Japanese teacher and translator
  • Certified to teach Japanese calligraphy
  • Freelance writer with two decades of experience


Namiko Abe is a former writer for ThoughtCo who spent more than two years writing stories about Japanese culture and the Japanese language. She was born and raised in Japan. In addition to being a native Japanese speaker, she has taught Japanese to children, high school students, and college students (Japanese levels I and II). Abe has also worked as a translator for law firms. She is certified to teach Japanese calligraphy. She has also worked as a freelance writer for nearly 20 years.


Abe graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. She holds the rank of yon-dan (fourth degree) from the Nihon Shuji (The Japan Calligraphy Education Foundation) and is qualified to teach Japanese calligraphy.

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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