Sayako was born in Japan and grew up watching Hayao Miyazaki movies. Ever since she was young, she dreamed of becoming a cartoon animator. However, when she started working at a language school in her hometown, she became fascinated with the Japanese language.

She went on to study Japanese language education at Kyorin University in Tokyo and then proceeded to study Chinese at the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. Having worked as a Japanese language teacher in both Taiwan and Singapore, Sayako finally brought her love of language to the Mother Tongue team in 2013.

Likes: reading, eating and karaoke

Dislikes: tomato and durian fruit (she really doesn't understand why people say durian fruit is the king of fruits!)

Mother tongue: Japanese

Other Languages: English and Chinese