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  • About 2-hours manga drawing class which is run by a professional manga artists.
  • In a step-by-step manner while the teacher reviews and corrects the participants' drawing and helps them to draw. You can receive a precise guidance in English without interpreters and spend a fulfilling time that is efficient and stress free.
  • Many references, authentic manga original art from published manga.
  • Get familiar with the special manga tools and materials such as screen tones, dip pens and ink
  • Produce a piece of art to take home as a souvenir. All skill levels are welcome

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10 minutes on foot from JR Nakano Station
The detailed directions will be provided after your booking is confirmed.


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What you need to bring

Nothing. If you are not a beginner, bringing your art would be helpful.


Meet your host :
Shimizu
  • English (Fluent)
  • 日本語 (Fluent)

Hello!
Are you interested in Japanese manga? Would you like to draw manga like character, or more?

Manga school Nakano is located about 5 minutes on foot from subcultural spot "Nakano Broadway", and 10 minutes from JR Nakano station.
We offer lessons on how to draw manga in English.

Nao Yazawa, the teacher of our school, is offering lessons to people from all over the world. She is most well known for her manga series "Wedding Peach" which was also made into an anime series. You can learn how to draw manga in English and master the know-how in our school!

We offer manga experience here, you can draw manga-type character with the authentic manga tools during our 2 hour course.

You can receive a precise guidance in English without interpreters and spend a fulfilling time that is efficient and stress free.

In School, there are Mini Course, Short Course and Long Course for Standard Lessons. You can choose the courses depending on your needs and level. You will learn how to use tools and tips for drawing characters for the beginners. There is also a special curriculum for the experienced to master the high-level manga production skills.
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Reviews (22)

  • Andrea Andrea

    My daughter (11) learned a lot in the 2 hours of individual tutoring. A totally great experience.

    My daughter (11) learned a lot in the 2 hours of individual tutoring. Later, when we came back to Denmark, we could see a clear improvement in her manga style :)
    She loved it and she had no problems communicating in English with the teacher.

    Finding an activity related to drawing manga in Japan, that lasted only a day or a few hours, and that was in English, seemed an impossible task. I am very happy I could book this activity via Voyagin: it was exactly what I needed :)

  • Graham Graham

    One on One lesson was great

    The class covers many aspects of drawing in a manga style, which also involved using fountain pens and cutting transfer stickers for shading (I know thats not the right name).

    The teacher was very good and demonstration the different methods of drawing, speaking english, asking questions about what i wanted to learn and plus I very impressed with the speed she could draw characters which I recognised

    The place was very easy to find if you have never been to Japan/ tokyo or Nakano before, just download the directions with photos of the buildings and your be fine.

    great intro course and I wish i had time to do a follow up

  • Rachael Rachael

    Kids loved it!

    This was a great class! The teachers English was excellent and the kids (9 and 8) are very proud of their Pikachu drawings.

  • Alan Alan

    I had a lot of fun.

    Nao was very adaptable and entertaining.

    I learnt I need to practice inking more.

    My host was a pure joy. I'm going to try to bring my whole family next time!

    If you use Google Maps, opt for the easiest to remember, and print out the address as well as the map.

  • Debbie Debbie

    Absoulutely worth the cost. Really flexible and knowledgable teacher.

    The school is easy to get to and find via public transport. I did about 5 hours and learnt everything I was hoping to plus some extra things I didn't know I needed. Helped with where to buy supplies as well. Teacher was really knowledgeable, good English and very patient with all my questions.
    If you are into manga or just art n generally the process is really interesting. Highly recommended.

  • 聖方 聖方

    Great exoerience

    The teacher, Miss Yazawa Nao, is the artist of the well-known Wedding Peach (comic version). I was very excited to meet her, and we talked a lot about manga expression including story, punchline setup, layout, and design of viewing perspective, and rhythm. Miss Yazawa also personally demonstrated and gave me advice on drawing skeletons. Basically the teacher can adjust the lecture based on your degree, so therefore whether you are a beginner or have already been very familiar with manga drawing, I believe eventually you can learn something, and really enjoy the learning process.

  • Chazity Chazity

    It's a really fun activity! Even though I have no artistic ability, I was able to draw a character! Inking and applying screen tones was really fun!

  • Zoey Zoey

    It is an enriching experience. Teacher Nao is very patient and guides us step by step. I will recommend this to anyone who will like to have a deeper understanding in Manga.

  • Claus Claus

    A wonderful experience

    I participated with my daughter and we got really great insight in how to draw Mangas. We learned a lot with very careful and special attention. Our host had great English skills, so communication was not a problem. Highly recommended.

  • Robert Robert

    So Good We will Return for More

    My 12 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed her lesson and has asked me to schedule another session. She is an anime fan (Naruto) and has been copying images of her favorite characters but this class taught some basic drawing fundamentals which she says will help her with her new drawings. The instructor, Nao, was very nice and patient. Attached is her first drawing from the class!

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