2-week SUMMER MANGA COURSE in Tokyo

This summer, we are introducing a comprehensive 2-week Manga Course especially designed for non-Japanese students of all levels, offered in English and Mandarin.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • One-of-a-kind Manga program taught in English and Mandarin
  • Covers all aspects of Manga and trains according to each student’s level and style; No experience required.
  • Introduces students to a Professional Manga Editor who will coach you directly and review your completed Manga at the end of the course. Selected students will be introduced directly to publishers and manga industry in Japan.

 

Introduction

As a Japanese company aiming to find new ways of supporting international people in Japan, we are pleased to have put together this one-of-a-kind Manga Summer Program in Tokyo. For this program, we have invited Mr. Tanaka Yuji, who has been involved in manga education for over 10 years, has published several textbooks, and been all over Japan and other countries to hold Manga classes and workshops. Tanaka-sensei has a wealth of knowledge and experience from which to train his students, and has developed a unique hands-on approach to lead students to find the style that best suits them and highlights their own personal characteristics. A key feature of this course is the coaching method of learning which provides immediate and constant feedback on your work so that you can see the breakthroughs in your manga within and by the end of the two week period.

With the changes of the times and in particular with the advancement of technology and science, comics and animation have undergone many changes in terms of both their production and content, and have remained inseparable to our lives. The Japanese comic world is vast and highly developed with various organizations specializing in the production as well as education of all of the aspects of Manga, forming an industry where thousands of professionals make their career. In many cases, educational institutions have ties to the production side, recommending students to publishers, editors or studios, and include the important role of Manga assistant. This summer comic camp aims to foster students’ interests and dreams of working in the Manga Industry.

 

Details

This course has been especially created to provide an intensive short-term study of Manga for non-Japanese people of all levels in both English and Mandarin.

The course is designed to cover all elements of Manga production so that students can discover their specific areas of interest, realize their talents, and hone their skills in the industry.

If your dream is to develop your talents in the Japanese Manga industry, this course will show you how. Through this course, students will fine-tune their skills in manga illustration, character development, storyboarding, and story writing, allowing students to gain insights into their talents and areas of interest. The style of learning is hands-on and interactive, with students spending a lot of time on developing their techniques while being coached and guided along the way. By the end of the course, students will have created their very own short manga, which as part of the course will be reviewed by a professional Manga writer.

One of the most important roles in the Manga industry is the Manga Editor, who, with a keen eye, encourages Manga artists and writers to be ever-appealing to the target audience, and organizes the publication of the selected works which will be released in magazines, as books and through other channels. Perhaps the most special aspect of this course is that for talented students who aim to develop as a manga artist or writer, we will directly introduce you to a professional Manga Editor here in Japan who will discuss with you about your goals and the publication of your work in the future.

In addition to instruction and one-on-one coaching in class, students will be taken for a private tour of the Studio Ghibli Museum, and will attend Comiket 2019, the world’s largest convention and market of self-published manga artists. Students will also get the opportunity to explore key parts of Tokyo, including the anime & manga world of Akihabara, the traditional & inspiring elements of Asakusa, and the iconic & bustling area of Shibuya, to make the most of your time in Japan.

This course is open to people of all levels of experience and who are 16 years of age or more.

Areas of Study

  • Illustration techniques
  • Character Development
  • Story Development
  • Perspective

Program Contents

  • What is Manga?
  • How to draw Manga
  • How to use a pen
  • How to develop a story
  • How to storyboard your Manga
  • How to name your Manga
  • The Role of a Manga Assistant
  • How to become a professional Manga Artist

 

Program Dates

Sunday, August 4th – Saturday, August 17th, 2019 (13 days)

8月4日(日)~ 8月17日(土)

NOTE: Students should arrive in Japan by Sunday, August 4th, 2019.

 

Program Fees

Program Fee: ¥300,000 +tax
Early Entry Offer: ¥250,000 +tax (if you apply and pay by June 18th, 2019)

Includes:

  • Accommodation (provided from Sunday, August 4th until Saturday, August 17th, 2019 (Check-out)
  • Manga kit
  • Textbook
  • Activity expenses including private tour of Ghibli Museum, Entry to Comiket 2019, and trips to Akihabara, Asakusa, and Shibuya, and transportation expenses to these activities
  • Special instruction by professional Manga Editor and Guest Manga Artist
  • Professional review of your created Manga by Professional Illustrator and possible introduction to publisher in the industry

NOTE: Students will need to cover the costs of food, travel to and from Japan, and any personal expenses.

 

Accommodations

Students will be provided accommodations for the duration of the program.

Each student will be assigned to a private room in a modern student dormitory in the peaceful neighbourhood of Urawa, Saitama, located directly north of central Tokyo.

Program Schedule

Meet the teachers

Tanaka Yukihisa

Author & International Instructor

Coordinator and Teacher of the Manga Animation Course at Sakura International Gakuin since 2009.
Teacher at the Tokyo Game Designer Gakuin since 2003.
Taught Manga courses and workshops in foreign countries.
Adviser of Kadokawa Contents Academy in Taiwan since 2018.
Professor of Doga Gakuin University in China.

Kou-sensei (Geng Di)

Instructor & Professional Manga Artist

Born in China and can speak Chinese, Japanese (native) and English.
Currently preparing serialization of Manga in Korea.
Creator of published Manga in Japan including
・Young Animal which is famous for BERSERK
・Comic Birz (Gentosha)
Foreign Activities include Manga Teacher in Saudi Arabia (March-April 2019)

 

Special Activities

Ghibli Museum

The Ghibli Museum, designed by Miyasaki Hayao himself, is an art and animation museum based on Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli, Japan’s most famous animation studio. The Museum features original artwork, screenings of exclusive short films, life-sized replicas, and history techniques used in creating their works of art, including designing their characters and world elements. It is a complete experience that invokes childhood memories for its guests. The museum also features temporarily exhibitions, a café, a rooftop garden, and a gift shop. The entire museum was designed by Miyazaki Hayao himself, including the storyboard of customers experiences as they explore it.

Comiket 2019

Comiket, which is short for Comic Market or in Japanese “komiketto”, is the largest manga convention in the world, with an estimated over 500,000 attendees and 35,000 doujinshi, who are independent manga creators who showcase and sell their manga. The doujinshi works are the main focus of the convention, but every year there are increased numbers of cosplayers attending the event as well. This year’s summer Comiket is going to be the first time that the convention will be held for 4 days.

Tokyo, Shibuya, Akihabara

Tokyo, known previous as Edo, has been one of Japan’s major cities since the Tokugawa Shogunate era. Its famous attractions include Asakusa, Ueno, Shinjuku, Odaiba, Ginza, and Shibuya.

Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro are among the top business districts and are major hubs for the city. They are significant hubs for fashion, entertainment and recreation. In these areas, people will find Japan’s major department stores, large shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment centres, and specifically in Shibuya, there is the iconic statue of Hachiko, one of most popular meet-up points for friends, and the world famous and iconic Shibuya Crossing where every change of the lights signals one of the largest crossings of people in Japan if not the world, sending people in all directions to their desired destinations in the city.

For any fan of anime, manga, cosplay, idol culture, gaming and electronics, Akihabara is the hub of them all, located in the northeast corner of Tokyo’s most densely populated core outlined roughly by the popular circuit route train line known as the JR Yamanote Line operated by Japan Rail. The district contains everything from small one-off shops to large and popular electronic and department stores such as Yodabashi Camera and Bic Camera, the Tokyo Animation Center as well as a radio hall with its 10 floors of toys, trading cards, and collectibles. The area is the living hub of Japanese subculture, powered every moment by the passion of the geeks within.

Asakusa

Asakusa remains reminiscent of old Tokyo, highlighted by the ancient Sensoji Temple and the traditional craft shops and food stalls, as well as the Nakamise shopping district. In addition, the area contains the Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park complete with rides, eateries and cafes, and Sumida Park, a leisure riverside escape with beautiful views of Tokyo Skytree and a popular venue for big annual firework displays and cherry blossom events.

As for the famous Asakusa Kannon Temple, it is the oldest temple in Tokyo, one of the most popular and lively, and is a symbol not only for the area but Tokyo itself, making it a must-see destination for every traveller to Japan and Tokyo, including local Japanese people. Entering the temple is through the iconic Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, into the traditional market lined with food and craft stalls, to the end of the stretch with the famous Temple itself. Every day in this part of Asakusa feels like a matsuri or festival, and is a perfect place to enjoy delicious food in traditional restaurants and casual izakaya, take a ride on a rickshaw, and dress up in a kimono, yukata or happi and host your own personal photoshoot, an everlasting memory of your time in Tokyo.

Interested? Inquire below!

This program has limited spots available.

In the textbox at the end of the form, please indicate:

  • your level of experience (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • your areas of experience (manga illustration, story writing, manga assistant),
  • your goals by the end of the program, and
  • and any other questions you may have.
INQUIRE

NOTE: All registrations completed by June 20th will receive an Early Admission discount.

Deadline to apply is: July 10th, 2019