LAB tokyo

Life Architect Bureau

We founded LAB tokyo after years of working in design, education and the service industry and all the while living in numerous locations and travelling extensively.

Throughout this time, one thing has remained constant - the need for clear and meaningful communication, almost always in English.

We have come to believe that meaningful communication with others is at the heart of all self-improvement; by meaningful we mean relevant, worthwhile and valuable.

Ultimately, what is most important to LAB is creating positive, uplifting outcomes from learning experiences.

At LAB our objective for every interaction, be it a lesson, a course or a project is meaningful interaction and a positive outcomes.    

Nicholas Raistrick   

Founder / Creative Director 


The idea behind LAB tokyo came about after 30 years of business and educational experience, whilst living in seven different countries and working with professionals from all over the world.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (Newcastle University, UK) and a Master’s in International Business Administration (Ecolé Des Affairs a Paris, France) Nicholas has split his professional career between Design and Construction and Communication Education and sometimes Design Education.

Over the past 17 years Nicholas has been based in Asia, as a Design and Development Director and has worked on some of the most exciting interior design projects across the region; from international corporate offices in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia to 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan. During this period Nicholas has lectured and provided educational services to the design and business community in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Japan.

Prior to moving to Asia Nicholas worked in the construction industry in Europe and whilst based in The UK frequently travelled to France, Italy and The Netherlands. During this period he developed an interest in the importance of communication during the delivery of complex, multi-faceted projects and as this interest grew he began lecturing in Business Communications at Leeds University Business School and Leeds Metropolitan University.

Passionate about Japan, Communication and the world of Art and Design and equally frustrated with the lack of originality and meaningfulness in the way English is taught to adults here Nicholas decided to settle in Tokyo in 2014 and start LAB tokyo with the initial objective of offering a completely fresh and innovative way to study communication in English to professionals from Creative Industries. Since its beginnings LAB tokyo has become popular, not only with creative professionals but also professionals from more traditional backgrounds such as finance, real estate, shipping, banking, pharmaceuticals and information technology.

Hiroko Yanase

Founder / Managing Director


With an Honours Degree from Rikkyo University in Hospitality and Tourism; Hiroko has acquired extensive experience of the service industry, having spent 10 years working with Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airlines. In addition to this she has worked in Marketing and Human resources for Toyota, Singapore and Brunel, Tokyo.

Returning to Japan in 2014, after 10 years living and working in Hong Kong and Singapore, Hiroko became a founding partner in LAB tokyo applying a wealth of organisational, marketing and human resource skills to complement Nicholas’ educational and creative passion.

Whilst responsible for the day to day running of LAB tokyo Hiroko’s involvement extends beyond organisational and administrative duties to include regular Client Counselling Sessions, the organisation of Social Opportunities such as dinner events, art gallery and museum visits and client’s networking events.

With a TOEIC score of over 900 Hiroko provides essential support for Japanese TOEIC learners. Hiroko is also key to provision of services such as document translation, simultaneous translation, English Language Training (where Japanese Language is essential), English Language Hospitality Training and Cultural Training for both Japanese Nationals living overseas and non-Japanese Nationals relocating to Japan. Hiroko has extensive experience of immigration and relocation services for foreign nationals pursuing their careers in Japan.










柳瀬 弘子

創業者 / マネージングディレクター

立教大学観光学部観光学科卒業後、サービス業界に進み10年ほど日本航空、香港ベースの航空会社キャセイパシフィック航空にて経験を積む。香港在住中にToyota Motor Asia Pacific Marketing Sales Ltd. よりオファーを受け、シンガポールでマーケティング、ビジネスサポートの仕事を始める。日本に帰国後、ヨーロッパ系人材コンサルティング会社の日本支社立ち上げに携わり、オフィスマネジメント、人事、総務、営業アシストと更に幅広い業務を経験。

香港、シンガポールでの長年の海外生活ののち帰国、2014年LAB tokyoの創業パートナーとなる。柳瀬の組織管理能力、マーケティング、人事スキルはニコラスの教育、クリエイティブさに対する情熱と補完関係にありビジネスを完全なるものにする。

LAB tokyo経営をする一方、クライアントとのカウンセリング、ディナーイベント、ギャラリー、美術館訪問といったネットワークイベントの企画運営業務も精力的に行う。








レイストリック ニコラス

創業者 / クリエイティブディレクター

LAB tokyoのアイディアが生まれたのは30年のビジネスと教育の経験の後のことである。それまでニコラスは7ヶ国に住み、世界各国の様々な専門家たちと働いていた。


過去17年以上にわたりアジアをベースにデザイン、事業開発ディレクターとして活躍。 アジア全域で最もエキサイティングなインテリアデザインプロジェクトにいくつも携わる。中国、香港、マレーシアの国際企業オフィスデザインからミャンマー、インドネシアそして日本の5つ星ホテル及び高級リゾートまで様々なデザインである。この間ニコラスは香港、中国、マレーシア及び日本においてデザイン、ビジネスコミュニケーションの教鞭も執る。


日本とコミュニケーションと芸術デザインの世界に情熱を持ち、それと同じくらい、オリジナリティーと意義・価値に欠ける日本の大人向け英語教育に不満を持ったニコラスは2014年、東京定住を決意し LAB tokyo を創業。当初の目的は斬新かつイノベーティブな方法で英語コミュニケーションをクリエイティブ業界の専門家たちに教えることであった。その後クリエイティブのプロたちだけでは留まらず、経理や不動産、運輸、銀行、製薬、ITといった伝統的専門家たちの間にもLAB tokyoの人気は広まっている。