HSP 040 Sue Umezaki: Homeschooling in Japan


At your request, today we are talking to Sue Umezaki about what it is like to homeschool in another culture. An interest in an exotic language led Sue to Japan as a teacher. There she met her husband and the rest is history. She has lived in Japan for 22 years and has homeschooled her four children from the beginning.

With one daughter graduated, and three more at home, Sue has her feet on both sides of the homeschooling threshold. She talks about the freedom she experiences with homeschooling, finding homeschooling support, unique opportunities and struggles, living in small spaces, and simply everyday life.

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  • Rebecca Stewart says:

    Thanks for this episode! Thanks to Sue for sharing her story. The year I started homeschooling I went to Tokyo for a few days for work, and because of the history we had been reading I was so keen to go to the Tokyo National Museum. A year earlier I may have gone shopping or to Disney, but I was compelled to go to the Museum, and I loved it. I am fascinated that there is so little requirement from the government in your area.

  • Sara says:

    Thank you so much for this podcast. As a homeschooling mom in Morocco, I really enjoyed hearing Sue’s experience of homeschooling abroad. Unlike her we don’t have other homeschoolers in our area or support from the international school. I could definitely relate to her kids’ love for books. Each year I bring a suitcase of books home from the States (it’s not financially feasible to ship anything here), and we treasure them! I believe us homeschooling families abroad have very different experiences than those in the States and I appreciate your effort to make us feel a part of the homeschooling community by having Sue on the podcast. Thanks!

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