Kitahama Salon


In Japan traditional etiquette and manners are important in every aspect of life, whether you are meeting people, dining out, or participating in a business meeting. When Japanese etiquette is executed correctly, a very favorable impression is created. At Kitahama Salon, under the expert tutelage of Ms. Hiroko Ishida, we not only teach you how to behave in a variety of social situations, we also provide the reasons and background for the etiquette.


Ishida-sensei was born in Kyoto and attended high school in New York and Japan. After majoring in Cross Cultural Communication at a women’s university in Kyoto she worked at an export trading company for 16 years. Her parents regularly held Japanese tea ceremonies in their salon in Shiga so Ishida sensei has been able to study and perform the Japanese tea ceremony and Chaji (茶事) for many years. Ishida-sensei has also gained instructor certification in a number of areas of etiquette, such as Hotel Service, Kaiseki Table Manners, French Dining Cuisine and Manners, Japanese Manners & Protocol.


Ishida-sensei’s teaching method is both instructional and experiential. She teaches her students the fundamental basis of Japanese thought, the historical context that goes with it, and how it can be applied to both specific situations and a variety of everyday settings. Students are also able to experience these situations at Kitahama Salon under the kind guidance of Ishida-sensei.


Lessons at Kitahama Salon are designed for:

  • International business people who are working in Japan or those who visit Japan regularly on business
  • People who have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Japanese dining either for business or pleasure
  • International Visitors to Japan who want to learn about authentic Japanese culture


If you are interested in learning more about Japanese Etiquette please contact Kitahama Salon by using the contact form. For details about our courses please follow this link to our website.


We look forward to hearing from you and introducing you to and deepening your knowledge of Japanese Etiquette.



Japanese Etiquette Teacher

Hiroko Ishida

Ms. Hiroko Ishida was born in Kyoto and raised in Otsu, and now currently lives in Osaka. She attended high school in both New York and Japan, before studying at a women’s university in Kyoto where she majored in Intercultural Communication. After working in a trading company for 16 years she opened “Watashi no Salon” in 2013 which became “Kitahama Salon” in 2016.


2-1-19 Kitahama Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka


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