Lecturer of Japanese
Asian Languages and Civilizations

Education: Waseda University Tokyo, BA; University of Colorado Boulder, MA


While completing her master’s degree in Japanese literature, Kayo taught Japanese language classes as a TA. Her thesis was titled Edo Ensho Kobanashi: Eros, Humor, and Raunch.

Previously, Kayo worked as a standup comedian/actress in Hollywood. She is also an entrepreneur who has founded a translation company, an import/export company specializing in educational materials, and her most recent enterprise, Rice Works, LLC, a Japanese food manufacturer.

In addition to her experience in teaching Japanese language, Kayo has taught English classes in language schools and colleges and intercultural communication workshops in Japan.