Become an Expert on Japan

Join Dr. Anthony Haynes (PhD University of Edinburgh) and Kazutoshi Suido for our one-to-one online Japanese Language and Culture Programme. Uniquely designed and consisting of 30 1-hour lessons per term, the JPLC Programme gets you speaking and writing Japanese while engaging with Japan on a deeper level, combining personal language tuition with professional teaching in Japanese culture, covering Japanese history, art, philosophy, and religion.

Structure and Scheduling

The programme consists of 5 terms of 30 hours, with each term consisting of 20 hours of Japanese language tuition with Kazutoshi, a native Japanese teacher, and 10 hours of tuition in Japanese culture with Dr. Haynes, a professional philosophy teacher. Classes are delivered over Skype and scheduling is arranged between the student and the teachers separately, and classes usually run at 3 per week. Students from all time zones welcome. For details on our course syllabus and reviews by participants of previous classes and courses at Clear Water Academy 一清社, see below.

Programme Fee & January Discount

The Japanese Language and Culture Programme fee is £450 per 30-hour term (£15/hr). However, we are currently offering a 10% discount on the programme until 10pm, Sunday 20th January. Alternative payment arrangements, such as payment in four instalments, are possible upon request (please use the 'Contact us' button on our website).


Term 1

Dr. Anthony Haynes

“The Land of the Rising Sun” : The People, Places, and Myths of Japan

Kazutoshi Suido

“Hajimete": Greetings, Introductions, Etiquette, Introduction to Romaji


Term 2

Dr. Anthony Haynes

"Oddly Familiar": Japan and Japanese in East Asia

Kazutoshi Suido

“Sakura sightseeing”: Numbers, Days, Seasons, Holidays, Introduction to Hiragana


Your Tutors

Screenshot-145 - CopyDr. Anthony Haynes holds a PhD in ethics and practical theology from the University of Edinburgh. He was a philosophy tutor at the University of Edinburgh's School of Divinity from 2015 to 2017, and has provided classes in Western and Eastern philosophy to individuals and groups with Clear Water Academy 一清社 since 2016. Employing practical approaches for learners of all walks of life, Anthony provides professional philosophy tuition with high student satisfaction rates (see below for reviews).


IMG_0523 - CopyKazutoshi Suido is a native Japanese teacher from Ōita, in the Kyushu region of Japan. He currently lives in Fukuoka, Kyushu region, teaching privately and as a volunteer teacher at the Fukuoka International Foundation in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City. Skilled in English, Korean, and Mandarin, Kazutoshi excels in helping Western learners to overcome the difficulties of grasping Japanese grammar.




Reviews  (taken from the CWA Facebook page)

'Taking Japanese class with Clear Water has been the highlight of my week.  Have been going for 6 months now and I am amazed at how much we have managed to learn already, thanks to our amazing and very friendly teacher!!  All staff have been very kind and accommodating. Very much looking forward to my third term after summer.
- Ruth Eva Brain' (29 June 2017)
'Anthony manages to explain concepts of Chinese and Japanese philosophy in relation to our daily lives. He writes Chinese characters beautifully and understands their significance in relation to philosophy. I would highly recommend his class for first-timers.'
- Yap Jun Hong, on An Introduction to Japanese Philosophy (18th November 2017)
I can highly recommend the Japanese lessons for beginners. Great tutoring and a well paced course full of content.
- Gordan Marshall (21 April 2017)
'I attended Anthony´s session on Taoism. It was brilliant. He introduced a very complex theme in a very grounded way. He did it through a nice mixture of telling about what Taoism is/has been and hands on meditation. I am looking forward to more on Taoism from Clear Water Academy.'
- Svend-Erik Engh, on The Way of Taoism 道家之道 (30th September 2017) 
'I was at Clear Water Academy for the "Way of Emptiness" seminar with Anthony and let me just say that it was an eye opening experience. I just might start my path into philosophy!! Great seminar with a great tutor. I highly recommend.' 
- Tânia Nazaré, on The Way of Emptiness, (29th July 2017)
'I recently attended the 'The Way of Emptiness' talk led by Anthony Haynes. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking session. Anthony has a light-hearted and accessible teaching style that really helps make the incomprehensible comprehensible! Highly recommended!'
- Clare Cassells, on The Way of Emptiness (10th June 2017)
'Anthony Haynes (Haoyu Yang) was my tutor for the God in Philosophy course. He was one of the best seminar leaders I had in my first year, managing to engage everyone in the discussion and make the course content seem interesting and easy to learn. I enjoyed every seminar in this course due to this, as well as due to the relaxed and casual atmosphere he created.
'I would definitely encourage anyone to considering tutoring from him as he makes learning about even the most complex things fun and understandable.'
- Lydia Bell, MA in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh ('God in Philosophy' module, January 2017 - April 2017)
'Last year Anthony tutored me in my Ethics and Society module. In most tutorials at university, there is mostly one constant speaker, this is either because it is their presentation week, or they are confident in speaking and debating about the topics. However, Anthony organised the classes in a way that everyone would try make contribution to the debate that we were studying in that week. This I found especially important, as it helped increase my confidence in contributing in class. When it came to writing the essay for this course Anthony was more than happy to look at my essay plan and answer any questions about the essay that I was unsure about. As a student with dyslexia, this was vital for me. I would therefore encourage anyone who wants to be tutored in philosophy or theology to definitely consider being tutored by Anthony.'
- Katy Welford, MA in Philosophy & Theology, University of Edinburgh ('Ethics & Society' module, January 2016 - April 2016)
'Anthony is incredibly knowledgable in a wide variety of philosophical positions and theories. Having had him as a tutor during a course called Atheism in Debate, he was able to easily switch between giving concise information on a topic and facilitating a conversation or debate in it. Throughout the entirety of the course there was never an aspect that he was unfamiliar with nor a question he was unable to answer. The seminars were always very engaging and he introduced new ways of learning about the topics beyond the lecturing and discussion normally associated with seminars. I couldn't recommend a more adept and better equipped tutor to be taught philosophy from.'
- Isaac Henderson, MA in Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh ('Atheism in Debate' module, October 2015 - December 2015)
'Anthony was the tutor of my seminar group during the 'Atheism in debate' programme at Edinburgh University. Offering a lot of room for everyone to speak, he really helped that group of first year students open up and voice their opinions, which led to some very interesting discussions. In my opinion Anthony is a tutor who will help you find the answer yourself instead of dictating it to you. Outside of the tutorials I greatly appreciated his help when it came to essay writing. I was happy to consult his experience and knowledge to help me make sense of my essay question. In conclusion: Anthony is a great guy, with plenty experience in philosophy and I would highly recommend him as a tutor.'
- Steyn van Leeuwen, BA in Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, University of Utrecht
'As a student in the MSc Science & Religion programme at New College (Edinburgh University), Anthony’s help was invaluable. Not only did he provide excellent academic guidance in the 7 months of his tutelage, he also encouraged and supported me personally through the intensive process. His philosophy background brought fresh insight and opened new doors of understanding. His teaching proved to be a benchmark during the thesis project and in further academic study.
'Anthony is congenial to work with, has a great sense of humor—which helped during intense study moments—and the willingness to go the distance in helping a person achieve their study goals. He is extremely forbearing with tutor scheduling, adaptation to classwork, and personal timeframes. His tuition fees are fair, especially in light of the high level of teaching he provides.
Anthony provides excellent scholarship and will be a benefit to anyone who would like to academically succeed.'
- Bonnie Wolfman, MSc Science & Religion Programme, University of Edinburgh (February 2015 - August 2015)
'Anthony Haynes is an excellent tutor and proofreader with expertise in philosophy and theology. His extensive knowledge was a great help when I was studying in the Master's program at the University of Edinburgh. Anthony not only was kind and humorous, but also had a strong sense of responsibility for what was entrusted to him, so I was able to enjoy communicating with and getting excellent tutoring and proofread essays from him. I am confident that if you choose him as your private tutor and proofreader, you will definitely get satisfactory results.'
- Hakbong Kim, MA in Systematic Theology, University of Edinburgh


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