Katherine Stevens

Virginia born and Texas raised, Katherine had an interest in Japan from an early age, although she never dreamed that a love for Pokemon and Hello Kitty would take her as far as it has. Over the years her Japanophilia has transformed from anime, manga, and video games to a broader love for the culture as a whole. As a Anthropology major with a minor in East Asian Studies, her primary interest is in how Japan functions as both a traditional and thoroughly modern society.

In taking Japan’s Gross National Cool this year, she hopes to expand on what she has learned on her own and at her time at William & Mary, and to come one step closer to “figuring out” the culture she loves so dearly.