Hello there, my name is Peter Philips!  I am a freshman studying Art History as my Major and French and German as my minors.  I come from a generic rural suburb in New Jersey halfway between New York and Philadelphia.  I do not speak almost any Japanese but in the past year I became extremely interested in pre-modern Japanese art and architecture.  For this very reason I decided to study abroad to increase my knowledge about the Tokugawa era to better understand the accompanying visual culture.  After the program with Dickinson is over, I plan to backpack for two weeks across central Japan to make a sort of art pilgrimage.  I cannot wait to try the local cuisine and see all Nagoya has to offer!

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