- Tokyo, Japan
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
Learn from the best as you attend an authentic anime school in Tokyo, one of the largest metropolitan area in the world and one of the safest travel destinations. Develop your artistic ability and style through classes taught in Japanese by design and animation professionals. Through formal instruction, work on character development, animation, manga techniques, and bringing your characters to life. Learn voice-acting in Japanese from a professional voice actor and experience dubbing a scene in a studio. You will learn animation techniques such as color blending with Copic© markers; Inking with fountain pens; screen-toning, a technique for applying textures and shades to drawings. Take your characters from paper to the screen through digital animation as you learn professional techniques by using programs like Photoshop©, AdobePremiere©, and AfterEffects©.
Immerse yourself in Japan’s pop culture through visits to its vibrant neighborhoods. Play games in the colorful arcades in Akihabara, the city’s anime, manga, and tech district or Ikebukero, known for the Pokemon Center. Wander through the busy market streets of Ameyoko; then ride the maze of escalators at Ginza’s skyscraping department stores. Discover the famous alternative street fashion of the Harajuku neighborhood.
Broaden your perspective on Japanese culture during your homestay on Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest island, known for its natural beauty and indigenous Ainu culture. Visit a local high school for activities with Japanese students, such as taking a cooking lesson or creating a Japanese family crest. Visit a Buddhist temple and study the art of Japanese calligraphy as you share daily life with your host family. Discover Japanese history by visiting shrines, museums, and hot springs and by participating in a traditional tea ceremony or the art of wearing a Kimono.
- Setting Description:
- Orientation: Tokyo, 3 days Homestay: Tomakomai, Otaru, Bihoro, or Nanae,* 7–9 days Other Accommodations: Hotels and/or hostels
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Need-based scholarships from $250-$2,000
Based on 6 Reviews
- Childhood Dream Fulfilled09/10/18
Since my potty-training days, animation has been a consistent joy in my life. From Studio Ghibli movies, to Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach, Disney and Pixar movies, and so much more-- I've been thoroughly entertained and even moved to tears by images flashing
across bright screens in lowly lit rooms. I later learned many of these works my heart burns passionately for came from Japan. And after spending years of incidentally picking up bits and pieces of information about a culture I'd never experienced firsthand, I naturally developed a longing to do so. Flash forward to the summer of my Senior year of high school, and I'm somehow on a plane with people I'd just met hours before, touching ground in the land of my younger self's dreams. Though we were surely all exhausted from the plane ride, our Experiment leaders and in-country support made it so that our long journey to leave the airport didn't strip us of our sanity the first day. It also helped that, despite the crowd, Japan is generally very quiet. I appreciated this so much, as did my companions. And speaking of appreciation, the housing accommodations were nothing to cry about-- unless you were to cry tears of joy. They were always very clean, and a welcome sight for sore eyes after a tiring day of touring Tokyo. The baths were my favorite. Even though being bare for all to see can be intimidating and embarrassing, it's better to look at it as another way to get in touch with the culture we'd be living with for a month. It actually also helped me be more comfortable with my body, because none of us had come there just to make fun of one another. It definitely strengthened the bonds between us Experimenters, so I'm glad and thankful EIL's not afraid to advertise this idea of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Because in the end, you won't be the same person you were before the trip as long as you risk some of your comfort in exchange for, well, valuable experience. In addition, I'm thankful for the way they put together my particular group. We're all the same age, from differing backgrounds and ethnicities, which also gave me a sense of comfort. That way I wouldn't be the only person with more melanin in my skin. It also allowed for mature conversation and it felt like we were all on the same wavelengths, even when it came to hanging with our leaders Jill and Teresa (love them). They relied on us, trusted us, and treated us like young adults, fostering mutual respect amongst our posse. And when given free time to take the trains and explore Japan in our small groups; that allowance of independence-- that taste of adulthood, inspired a healthy kind of restlessness within me. A desire to move. To meet more people. To want more out of life other than what was already at home. To experiment and experience more. And from the bottom of my heart, I thank EIL for this amazing opportunity and all the memories that came with it. I hope to grant even better experiences for future Experimenters.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- So Much Fun09/05/18
In Japan I had lots of fun. From the streets of Tokyo to the woods of Nanae in Hokkaido, our group traveled everywhere. The anime classes we attended were great, as it was a type of learning that always introduced an exciting aspect to it. We did voice
lessons, worked with professional animation technology and tools, and we learned from experienced instructors. The people I met were amazing, and I'm sure to keep in touch with them.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Beyond expected08/31/18
Traveling to japan was an amazing experience that i will never forget. Along from learning about the culture and traditions in japan, i was able to eat so many Japanese dishes that has made me more open to trying new dishes. I definitely recommend traveling
to Japan and experiencing and noticing the difference in culture and manners.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Best Summer Ever08/15/18
This program changed my life forever. I experienced leaving the USA for the first time in my life on this trip, and I saw and took part in many different things that I never would have if I didn’t go on this trip. Everything I learned I will use in
my life back in America and I hope to come back to Japan.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A Once in a Lifetime Experience11/01/17
This program, Japanimation: Anime & Manga was an unforgettable experience in which one can explore the culture and language of Japan, while also exploring and reflecting on yourself. I had felt extremely safe during the trip and my leaders were exceedingly
helpful, whether pointing your group towards a point of interest or giving insight into adapting into the culture. There were several oppertunities and activities which encourage one to work outside their comfort zone that had created a sense of a wonderful and inviting community. This program had also aided in the development of my own leadership skills as well as providing encouragement to work outside my comfort zone more offen. There were also a variety of other things to do other than animation and manga such as admiring Japan's natural beauty, plentiful cafés, and Arcades. This program had become an unforgettable experience to me as I look forward to going abroad with The Experiment again.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
My experience living in japan was amazing. My animation got along with each other pretty well. The food over there was delicious! The architecture were outstanding. The program was great because of my leaders in my group. They made sure we were safe.
They made each day of our trip fun! One thing to prepare for this trip is being out your comfort zone. At one point you will taking bath in a public bath. Also, you will be walking a lot. I got to learn more about the language and culture. The animation classes were super exciting. Looking at your drawing skills improving gives you a great excitement. My homestay family was amazing. I got to participate in the shrine festival and walked around the forest with the family. Overall this trip is 100 percent worth it and safe.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend