Minori studies Japanese art history, with a focus on Meiji-period (1868–1912) sculpture. She is interested in how Japanese artworks were transferred to the West and their reception by both the West and Japan. She received her BA in art history from Wake Forest University in 2010, and her MA from Kyushu University in 2017. She completed her MA thesis on changing perceptions of Meiji-period artists during their lifetimes and the reception of their artworks. Specifically, she examined Buddhist wood sculptor and professor Takenouchi Hisakazu (1857–1916, alt. Takeuchi Kyūichi) and the lacunae of scholarship on him. Now, she continues to study modern Japanese art history with Professor Chelsea Foxwell.