Immerse yourself in the anime and manga capital of the world. Develop your illustration skills and design techniques through interactive classes with industry experts.
Learn from the best as you attend an authentic anime school in Tokyo, one of the safest and largest metropolitan areas in the world. Develop your artistic ability and style through classes taught in Japanese by design and animation professionals. Learn voice-acting in Japanese from a professional voice actor and experience dubbing a scene in a studio.
Practice animation techniques such as color blending with Copic markers; inking with fountain pens; and screen-toning, a method of applying textures and shades to drawings. Work on character development; then take your characters from paper to the screen through digital animation using programs like Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, and After Effects.
Immerse yourself in Japan’s pop culture with visits to vibrant neighborhoods. Play games in the colorful arcades in Akihabara, the city’s anime, manga, and tech district, or Ikebukero, known as the Pokémon Center. See the famous alternative street fashion of the Harajuku neighborhood.
Broaden your perspective on Japanese culture during home visits with local families. Spend time with peers by participating in local high school activities. Learn about Japanese history by visiting shrines, and hot springs and participating in a traditional tea ceremony or learning the art of wearing a kimono.
The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Japan, you will learn:
From the streets of Tokyo to the woods of Nanae in Hokkaido, our group traveled everywhere! The anime classes we attended were great and always introduced new and exciting aspects to our art. We did voice lessons, worked with professional animation technology and tools, and learned from experienced instructors.
KOFI, The Experiment alum, Japan
This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented below.
Orientation, Animation and Manga Study in Tokyo
During this period, you and your group will stay in a youth center.
Host Community Visit
During this period, you and your group will stay in hostel accommodations near the host community.
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Tokyo
During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a hotel near Narita airport.
The Experiment’s group leaders go through a rigorous selection process and have extensive experience with youth education, local expertise in the country or region of their program, language abilities, knowledge in their program theme, travel logistics and management know-how, and experience with health, safety and risk management.
Hometown: Southern California
Education: Harvey Mudd College
Experience in: Japan
Beverly Yeh grew up in Southern California and strongly identifies and connects with her family living in Taiwan and Singapore. She graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a BS in molecular biology and a concentration in music. Beverly has always had a strong passion for how language and international education bridges cultures and inspires creative solutions. In past years, she was a group leader for Taiwanese high school students attending medical camp, a forensic science teacher/resident advisor for high school students at EXPLO Yale, and a summer camp teaching assistant at the National Taiwan Science Education Centre. She has also led conversational English sessions for Japanese engineering exchange-students from Kogakuin University. After graduation, Beverly served on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), teaching English in the rural onsen-town of Awara City, Fukui Prefecture and connecting local host families with new JET teachers. Beverly then taught math in Western Massachusetts and continues to teach math in Southern California at her alma mater middle school. Besides teaching and traveling, Beverly enjoys finding autumn leaves, jigsaw puzzles, reading, and yoga.
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