Japan: Japanimation—Anime and Manga

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Japan: Japanimation—Anime and Manga

Please visit our website for more information. Explore Japanese culture through the arts of anime and manga on this high school summer abroad program. Work with professional artists who have experience in the Japanese anime and manga industries and Japanese student animators in Tokyo. Learn character development, animation, manga techniques, voiceover work, and other related skills. Immerse yourself in Japan’s vibrant pop culture through visits to museums and neighborhoods synonymous with “Cool Japan.” Gain in-depth knowledge of the anime industry and tips to improve your manga. Develop skills to design and animate your own character. Deepen your perspectives on Japanese culture by living with a host family on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan’s largest prefecture, and home to national parks, dense forests, mountains, and the Ainu culture. Enjoy meals of miso ramen, visit a local school and Buddhist temple, and learn the art of Japanese calligraphy as you share daily life with your host family. The program begins and ends in Tokyo, one of the world’s most populous cities. Wander through the busy market streets of Ameyoko, ride the escalators at Ginza’s skyscraping department stores, and consult the oracle at Sensou-ji, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Through a diversity of program activities — small-group language study and activities with Japanese teachers; time with Japanese students; visits to shrines, temples, and hot springs; participation in a Japanese tea ceremony; and others — you gain in-depth insight into historical and contemporary Japan. Orientation: Tokyo, 3 days Homestay: Tomakomai, Otaru, Bihoro, or Nanae, 7–9 days Other Accommodations: Hotels and/or hostels

Subjects

  • Japanese
  • Studio Arts

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