My education through undergraduate was in Japan.  My graduate study has all been in the U.S.: MA, Scarritt College; M.Div. and D. Min., the Graduate School of Theology, Oberlin; Ph.D., Drew University.  For five years before my marriage to an American, I taught at Seiwa College in Japan.  Since my marriage, cultural comparison has been my daily life and the center of all my academic work.  My teaching includes courses on Japanese literature, religion, and culture at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  In 1995 I retired as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School after 17 years to teach again at Seiwa College for five years.  The Tale of Genji was part of my education in Japan.  We all had to study it.  The year 2008 was set for observing the millennium of this work by a woman.  The recent translation into modern Japanese by a woman has resulted in a “Genji Boom” with new interpretations and enthusiasm.