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.

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