We are a global, online marketplace of students and teachers

One of Japan's largest online learning sites connecting students and teachers from the world for lessons in languages like Japanese and French, to interests and intellectual pursuits from music and yoga to the game of go.

Culture Bento

Program to offer extra-curricular Japanese language and culture lessons

Successful partnership with Commodore Sloat School in San Francisco (ranked among the top 10 public elementary schools by SF Business Times) resulted in delivery of semester’s worth of lessons.


San Francisco J-pop Summit

For two years in a row, Small Bridge USA hosted a booth at the J-POP SUMMIT, a Japanese cultural festival held every summer in San Francisco.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

As a result of these activities Cafetalk has recruited 1,000+ prospective tutors either from or residing in the USA since January 2015 (of which approximately 200 are currently active)

Cultural Exchange

Japanese Language Speech Contest 2015

As part of a campaign to promote our global learning platform, Small Bridge USA co-sponsored the Japanese Language Speech Contest hosted by the Embassy of Japan in San Francisco.

Cultural Exchange Events 2016

Small Bridge USA hosted cultural exchange events which were attended by more than 50 people intereseted in Japanese culture and language.

Speaking Engagements

Business Dojo Silicon Valley 2016

Prominent knowledge-sharing community Hacker Dojo invited Small Bridge USA CEO Kotaro Hashizume to speak about why he decided to bring his online learning site Cafetalk to San Francisco from Japan, and his experience so far in Silicon Valley.

Market Research

DNP - Market Research Contract with top Japanese Printing

Dai Nippon Printing – the top industrial printing and chemicals company in Japan partnered with Small Bridge USA to conduct a series of market research projects using tutors who are registered on

The market research sessions were conducted in San Francisco.

This business relationship is expected to continue in 2017.

Web Development


Operated by Cimplex Marketing Group, Inc.

Under contract from Cimplex Marketing, Small Bridge USA handled planning and development for “jfood411” – a site whose mission is to introduce and promote Japanese foods to the US market.

Small Bridge was selected as the lead technical partner for the project due to our expertise in localization and our knowledge of both US and Japanese markets.

Market Research

San Francisco Japan Night 2014

Cafetalk was selected as one 5 top finalists to present their business at Japan Night, an annual demo event for up and rising Japanese startups.

Exposure in this event lead to a five-minute segment featuring Small Bridge USA CEO Kotaro Hashizume on Bloomberg TV

Other Media Exposure for

Small Bridge’s flagship service Cafetalk has also been featured in numerous top Japanese media including a segment on WBS (World Business Satelite) – a prime time business news show on TV Tokyo.