PASSION & INTEREST
- The psychology of meditation that brings happiness to the world
How does mindfulness contribute to the psychological state of individuals and society? I want to deepen my research on how self-awareness that arises from this practice can improve people and the world.
- Research on gender and media
How does popular media affect our ideas about gender roles and identities in Japan and the US? I enjoy critically examining media to better understand socially constructed identities.
- Narrative, mythology, and life in multicultural environments
How much of our beliefs are unique to ourselves or our culture, and where do they come from? I want to learn about comparative mythology and narrative construction to better understand my life in a multicultural environment.
After graduating from Naropa University in the US, I came to Japan and worked in translation and interpretation at Canon and Gree. I then switched my focus to product design and was in charge of planning and development for the world’s first mass-produced emotional companion robot “Pepper.” After that, I supported design-driven innovation challenges for large corporations at BCG Digital Ventures. I have been involved in startup entrepreneurship in fields such as travel, art, and architecture. I obtained a Master’s degree in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design.