Hiroko was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She lived in Bangladesh, Thailand and China before coming to Seattle. She has earned her degree in English Literature from a college in Tokyo. She now has almost 20 years teaching experience. Teaching is her passion. Hiroko has taught Japanese at a college in China and at a private school in Redmond. She also enjoys sharing Japanese Culture (origami, calligraphy and cooking) with the students. She has two sons. In her free time, she loves to experiment in the kitchen with recipes from all over the world.