Toyoko was born in Nagoya, Japan. She majored in English at Aoyama Gakuin University, which is located in the Shibuya/Harajuku section of Tokyo. After teaching English at a public junior high school in her hometown, she moved to Washington, D.C. to study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), a part of Applied Linguistics at American University and received a Master of Arts there. After graduation, she had an opportunity to teach Japanese at a college level and found that it was more rewarding than teaching English in Japan.
The institutions include American University, John’s Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), University of Hawaii at Manoa, UCLA, Miami University at Oxford, OH, and Wright State University, Dayton, OH.
She has resided in Yellow Springs, OH, for over 20 years.
Different languages and cultures have always fascinated Toyoko. She realized as a child that people speak different languages and live differently, she is always curious about their languages, cultures and views. She has traveled to many countries and appreciates the diversity of their lives.