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Ariana's Japanese Tutor speaks out about her tattoo in a interview

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How did you come to be Ariana’s teacher? Did she approach you? 
I started the Fuji School in 2012, and it’s the only Japanese language school in my location. So, we stand out. When she started in 2015, she wasn’t famous yet … I mean, she was already famous, but not that famous. She found us when her manager called the school and talked to another teacher who knew who Ariana was.

What’s it like to actually teach her?
Sometimes she asks me before responding to Japanese fans on Twitter or Instagram because she doesn’t want to be rude. She doesn’t want to offend anyone because she really cares. So at first, I told her that learning Japanese is very hard, so I said that maybe she could just memorize some phrases so she could speak to her fans. She didn’t agree with me — she really wanted to learn the Japanese language from the beginning. Therefore we started from lesson one, like I do with all my students.

And I know she reached out to you after the original debacle — she posted your texts on social media. What was that conversation like? Did she seem panicked?
She didn’t tell me about her emotions much, but I guess she was sad to hear many people making fun of her. I told her that if you wanna make it accurate, you could put another kanji in the middle, and she said there was no space. So then I recommend other places she could put the symbol; we texted a lot. She was considering lasering the second kanji to make room for the third character because she just did not have enough space to put the third character in the middle. But, she put it on the bottom. I really liked her idea to use that position. I really like the art.

So would you say that you were upset over the criticism she faced?
I am so, so mad that many people are making fun of her. I don’t want this to stop anyone from being motivated to learn another language. After Ariana posted her Instagram with my name, many Japanese fans messaged me on Twitter and Instagram saying that they understood. I came to America maybe ten years ago and I don’t speak English perfectly. If you study another language, you understand that people make mistakes. Japanese is the hardest language to learn if you speak English.

 

Article: https://www.thecut.com/2019/02/q-and-a-with-ariana-grandes-japanese-tutor-ayumi-furiya.html

 

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people just love to shit all over ari for no reason. she's one of the few popstars that actual gives a shit and that's not good enough for anyone. 

people really out here pressed over a tattoo she got a lot of guidance on when there are popstars out here actively being racist, abusing people, raping people. i can't imagine being pressed over ari's tattoo and not the bigger things instead.

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