Mustard Seed Academy

Mustard Seed Academy (or MSA, also マスタードシードアカデミー) is both a prep school (or yobiko in Japanese, 予備校) for Japanese university entrance examinations, known for its strong emphasis in English language education, as well as a continuing English education resource for university-level students and adults. It was founded in 2005 in Tokyo, Japan, by author and teacher Hajime Nakazawa (中澤一) with the specific goal of helping students whose goal is to enter the top universities in Japan, such as Keio University, Waseda University, Sophia University, ICU, Tokyo University, etc.[1]


Since 2008, other classes have been added to the preparatory curriculum including Japanese History, World History, Japanese Classics, Chinese Classics, Modern Japanese, Japanese Short Essay Writing, and Mathematics.

The more-advanced, adult English courses are taught by English instructor Ian Shen, an American. These courses include TOEIC® study courses, speech and presentation, and other business courses dealing with the practical use of English in daily life.


As of 2010, MSA began offering classes at their new campus location in Shizuoka City in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Beginning in 2011, MSA plans to integrate the use of Apple iPads in the education curriculum.


  1. ^ Mustard Seed Academy, from Japanese

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