My scholarly discipline is geography, and I have taught many courses in Japan and the United States which were specifically "geography" or had geographical content. Besides teaching such courses, I have written many articles with themes in the history of geography and cartography, often with a cultural twist. Areas that I have explored in my research include Russia, historical Armenia, and Japan, and some of my recent writings on Japanese cartography have been about contemporary illustrated maps. I am currently on the advisory board for an online encyclopedia about the history of non-Western science etc. and on the editorial board for the Association of Japanese Geographers, while in the past I served as an editor for the Japanese Association for American Studies and a consultant about Japan for the international "History of Cartography" project. Besides having been active in geography and area studies, I have taught many courses in Japan to help university students use and improve their English skills, and among my publications are artistic books for studying English that were either coauthored or edited.