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!