Lecturer Profile

Buurstra, Natsuko

  • Natsuko Kawaguchi Buurstra
  • LECTURER OF JAPANESE
  • Specialty: Japanese
  • Portrait
  • Email: natsukob@alc.rutgers.edu
  • Office: Academic Building 4135

After I graduated from Waseda University, majoring in Japanese Language and Literature from the Education Department, I began my teaching career in Japan teaching Japanese Language and Literature to high school students  in Yokosuka, Japan.  After several years of teaching there I married and moved to America.  Before I started to teach at Rutgers, I had taught from elementary to college level, and before that I was in middle management at a Japanese company.  I launched the Japanese programs at Matamoras High School in PA, Grand Valley State University, Johnson Controls, and at the local army Reserve Unit in Michigan.  While I was living in Michigan, I received a Masters degree in Secondary and Adult Education from Grand Valley State University.

In the summer of 1999, our family moved back to the East and settled down in New Jersey.  The following year I started to teach at Rutgers University and Raritan Valley Community College as an Adjunct Professor of Japanese Language. Then I moved to Princeton High School in 2003.   There I was able to develop new programs in Japanese Language from Level 1 to Level 4, a sister school relationship with Izumigaoka H.S. in Kanazawa, a community wide annual event Asian Festival, and also added an East Asian Studies program and the AP Japanese program.  

I enjoy walking dogs, and my new found interest is wearing kimonos.  Sometimes I wear kimono in the classroom.  I love reading and cooking, and mostly EATING!