Learning with ImaWakatta

千里の道も一歩から A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

An old adage for sure, but applies perfectly to language learning. We won't lie, it is a journey but one worth taking. ImaWakatta is designed from the ground up to make your learning enjoyable and productive.

Looking around the web we noticed a lack of good sites that help you prepare for the JLPT tests. Want to practice Japanese verb conjugation? Particles got you down? What about real-world grammar explanations with example sentences with side by side Japanese and English? We have you covered and more. Checkout the features section for more.

The Team


Japanese teacher

Miki has been a Japanese teacher for over 8 years. She completed a Masters of Japanese Applied Linguistics at Waseda University in Tokyo and her special interest is e-Learning.

She designs every lesson on ImaWakatta with the remote learner in mind. She loves making difficult concepts easy for her students.

Miki was born and raised in Japan but currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. Outside of work Miki is a quite foodie, enjoy both going to restaurants and cooking at home.



Chris has been a web developer for over ten years and is passionate about all things learning, especially online learning. He enjoys bringing learning to life with gamification.

He has traveled to, and lived in, Japan many times and plans on going back many more. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.

Outside of work Chris enjoys game development, video games, and studying Japanese.


Project manager and team cat

ImaWakatta was the brainchild of Simba and has been managing the project since the beginning.

Although he has no formal training in, well, anything, he still contributes to the project by making lots of noise, knocking stuff over, and being a わるいねこ !


All written content is developed inhouse by professional Japanese teachers and native Japanese speakers.

While some illustrations and photography are produced here at ImaWakatta, some have been obtained (legally of course!) from the following sources: