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What you need to bring
- 日本語 (Fluent)
- English (Intermediate)
Hi I am the owner of a Manga School in Nakano. We offer a few types of classes in English based on your level. Everyone from beginner to advance is welcome.
Please give me a request if you have interest in what type of manga you would like to learn to draw.
I am looking forward to seeing you!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Great for beginners and professionals!
My husband and I loved this experience!
He is a professional artist and I... well I'm far from being good at drawing. But the teacher she was amazing and I even impressed myself! ;) She adapted easily for my level, as well as my husband's level.
Nice Instructions and Demonstrations
The instructor was very thorough with her instructions and giving hands-on demonstrations for you to watch and learn.
I had such an amazing time with this experience! Chika was so patient with me and it was really fun. She is so passionate about manga and her English is good! She took the time to explain every little detail from this size of each body part, to what paper and pen to use for each part. I would recommend this experience, and Chika to anyone. I had such a great time and Chika was amazing, she is so enthusiastic! And she was willing to meet me in my hotel lobby, even though it took her a little while to get there.
I highly recommend this activity for any one looking to get to know more about a huge part of Japanese culture. My partner and I did a 3hr session with Chika and it was awesome! We are horrible drawers-- no worries. Just dove right in and discovered manga is an amazing art with more to it than just pencil and paper.
We met on a Sunday at a cafe near our hotel. Chika came prepared with all the materials. Her English is as bad as my Japanese so all conversation was very very very basic, but it added to the whole experience. In the end we made manga pictures of ourselves, ink, stencils and all. And we got to keep the extra material so hopefully we can continue to butcher the art in our spare time :)
My only tip would be: come with an open mind and creative spirit to work through the language barrier. Enjoy!
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