What We're All About

At BumbleB English our mission is to support students in their journey to become global individuals with confidence and ambition to challenge themselves in new and different environments.

Who We Are

Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners. - John Holt, American author and educator

BumbleB English is named after the bumblebee, a cute little insect that flies around collecting nectar and pollen in small groups. The school’s name is pronounced the same: “Bumble Bee.”

At the end of 2011, I began teaching English to my daughter when she was in kindergarten. A few months later, we started teaching a small class of six kindergarten students every Sunday morning.
The first few weeks focused on playing in English, singing the alphabet, and simple greetings. In doing so, I realized that these group lessons helped improve my children’s English language abilities.

After a while, word-of-mouth spread to other families and within the neighborhood. Soon the number of students and lessons gradually increased.

Currently, we teach students from elementary school age students and above. Our group lessons range from two students to five students. We also have private lessons for students who want to focus on a specific goal, such as language tests, school interviews, or studying abroad.

For students located far from our school, we offer lessons online via Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

As we expand the number of lessons and educational services, we will continue to provide a personalized learning experience at reasonable prices.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.

About James

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, USA, James holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree (MBA) from the University of Rochester, N.Y. He has work experience in the area of financial information technology and investment advisory.

He has been living in Japan for over fifteen years and understands the struggles of learning a foreign language.

Experienced Instructor

Our school's instructor has experience in teaching as well as a range business experience.

Friendly service

As a small school, we provide a friendly and caring service to each student.

Student Achievements

Many of our students have gone on to pass English proficiency exams, enter international and private schools as well as improve business English skills.

MakoStars LLC.

MakoStars LLC was founded in 2015. The company’s mission is to promote a better understanding of the world through the knowledge and use of English.

MakoStars provides educational products and services to individuals, families, teachers, language schools, and other organizations. The MakoStars website publishes information and resources related to English education.

In addition, MakoStars operates an English language school, BumbleB English, in Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo. BumbleB English provides English lessons from elementary school to high school. In addition, the school offers one-on-one classes for college students and business English lessons for adults. The school offers onsite and online lessons.

In early 2018, we started selling books and learning materials on several online e-commerce platforms. Currently, MakoStars has received a total of over 20,000 orders online. Based on this success, we have launched our own online store MakoStars Shop  (https://www.makostars-store.com) and Mercari Shop store, to serve our customers directly.

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