My name is Mary Grob, and I am a film studies major in my last semester at the College of William and Mary. My interest in Japan developed later in life. I first saw Kurosawa’s Rashomon in in high school and immediately feel in love with Japanese Cinema. Over the next few years, I watched everything I could find from Ozu to Miyazaki. Once I came to William and Mary, I began to take classes to further my understanding of the culture and nation that produced some of my favorite films. I look forward to exploring more of Japanese visual culture and “gross national cool” this semester.