She cames to Western Washington University in 1983, right after graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies. Since her arrival at Western, she has dedicated herself to developing the Japanese Program, which as of September 2006 has become a major program. She has blessed not only with wonderful colleagues but also with marvelous students, many of whom remain friends even after their graduation from WWU.
Initially she cames to the UC Santa Barbara as a Junior Year Abroad Exchange Student from International Christian University in Tokyo. This experience changed her life forever, as she discovered the joy of scholarship from my encounters with great professors at UCSB who became a very important part of her life. She believes that cross-cultural way of life is a very worthwhile and wonder-filled adventure, and she encourages all students to take up their opportunities to explore the whole wide world.
Publications:Zen and Philosophy, Hawaii Univ.Press,2002 ,Japanese Religions, Rkp 2002