Gain an inside look at the anime and manga industries and learn technique from professional artists on this high school summer abroad program in Japan.
Explore Japanese culture through the arts of anime and manga. Work with professional artists who have experience in the Japanese anime and manga industries and Japanese student animators in Tokyo. Learn character development, animation, and manga techniques, and experience voiceover recording and other related talents. 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 Sens?-ji, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Through a diversity of program activities— small-group language lessons 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 in Tokyo
- Learn about the history and culture of Japan
- Get to know other members of your group during activities and group discussions
- Visit famous sites and museums throughout both cities
- Explore diverse neighborhoods, navigate the city using public transportation, and sample Japanese cuisine
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in centrally located hotels and pensions.
Animation and Manga Study
- Participate in drawing and animation workshops at an anime school
- Work with Japanese instructors and student animators to hone your skills
- Learn about character design, coloring, basic animation, and voiceover techniques and create and animate your own character
- Visit nearby towns and see local museums
- On the last day of classes participate in a showing of your animation with your group and students from the school
During this period, you and your group will stay in a youth center and a hostel.
- Become fully immersed in the daily life of a Japanese family and community
- Do activities with your host family
- Explore your host community and the surrounding area with your group
- Visit nearby schools and temples
- Experience onsen (hot springs)
- Learn about traditional Japanese culture
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Bihoro, Yubari, Tomakomai
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Tokyo
- Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
About The Experiment
The Experiment in International Living is a nonprofit organization that has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers three-, four-, and five-week summer programs for high school students in more than 20 countries around the world.
Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.
The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.
The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Each program follows a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage in dynamic cross-cultural experiences. We have implemented specific risk management strategies that include a 24-hour emergency on-call service and regular safety reviews. We hire and train experienced adult group leaders and maintain longstanding partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs.