After graduating from Hosei University with a degree in Literature, she completed the coursework of a PhD in Humanities from the same university but left before obtaining a degree. After serving as a professor at Hosei University, in 2014 she became the first female president of one of Tokyo’s “Big Six” universities.
Her major fields of study are Edo-era culture and popular culture and comparative Asian culture. She regularly appears on TV program as a commentator and her perspectives from Edo eras often criticizes globalization.
She is a well known writer and published many books. Her book Edo no Sozoryoku (“The Imaginative Power of Edo”) won the 1986 Minister of Education’s New Writer Award in the Fine Arts category.