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    CIEE High School Summer Abroad: Japanese Pop Culture – Anime, Manga & Gaming – in Tokyo

    CIEE High School Summer Abroad: Japanese Pop Culture – Anime, Manga & Gaming – in Tokyo

    Details

    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Japan
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Sub-Categories: Japanese, Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 16, 17, 18, 19
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    Overview

    Explore three creative industries in the hub of pop arts and culture! Students who attend this 3-week CIEE Global Navigator Program in Tokyo, Japan will gain knowledge of the history and development of anime, manga, and video games as well as learn introductory theory and develop skills needed to critique forms of Japanese popular media.

    It’s hard to think of a place more passionate about pop culture. In Tokyo you’ll find multi-story arcades, galleries, cinemas, libraries, shops, and museums dedicated to gaming and your favorite pop art forms. On this 3-week cultural immersion, you’ll follow both tracks (one after the other) to gain a broad knowledge of all three creative arts and industries.

    TRACK 1 – JAPANESE ART: ANIME, MANGA, AND TRADITIONAL ARTS

    Manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animation) have become a global phenomenon. What’s the draw for fans and creators? What makes them so compelling and unique? In classroom sessions you’ll study manga and anime up close, comparing and contrasting them with traditional art forms. In interactive workshops, you’ll engage with professional artists and create artistic works of your own. On field trips in the city, you’ll visit museums and cultural sites related to your studies, and learn about careers in the anime and manga industries from insiders.

    TRACK 2 – JAPANESE VIDEO GAMES: HISTORY AND DESIGN

    Study up on the classics — from Pac-Man and Pokemon to Super Mario and Final Fantasy — and learn about game design, evolving technology and industry careers. You’ll start from the beginning, tracing the history of video gaming in Japan from the “golden age” in the 1970s through the different generations of consoles to the current renaissance.

    In the classroom you’ll learn about game design, balance, and mechanics, as well as different approaches to game studies. Fun interactive exercises include critical analysis of your own video game playing in motion. Out in the field you’ll visit sites of cultural interest and learn about careers in the industry (offerings run far wider than just coding!). Hands-on projects include video game marketing and design.

    YOUR HOME BASE & BEYOND

    You’ll live at the Tokyo Central Youth Hostel (TCYH), where you’ll start the day with your choice of Japanese or Western style breakfast foods. From there you’ll head off to exciting classes, workshops and group activities designed to expose you to as many aspects (artistic, technical and business) as possible. As for lunch and dinner, Tokyo’s got you covered with countless options for both local and foreign cuisine.

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