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Mind Over Manga


Anime website Digital Manga once again sponsors Pop Japan Travel’s Mind Over Manga Tour from Aug. 21st through August 27th. This year the tour will include a meeting with anime art director Nizo Yamamoto and a visit to Nippon Animation, the studio that helped give Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata their start. Yamamoto will also introduce the group to the art staff he directed on this year’s acclaimed anime The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Yamamoto has served as art director on many acclaimed anime, including Princess Mononoke (above) and Grave of the Fireflies. His background art has also appeared in Spirited Away, Perfect Blue, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro and more.

Mind Over Manga also includes a backstage visit to the Comitia indie manga event, plus Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli Museum, and a tour of Tokyo, plus a few excursions outside the city. Optional tours of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Osaka are also available.

The Mind Over Manga tour, including round-trip airfare from LAX to Tokyo, full hotel accommodations, transport in Japan, entry fees, bilingual guides and customized guidebook, is $2,198 plus a $235 fuel surcharge. The Kyoto and Osaka option is $898, while Hiroshima is $100. Considering the price of gas these days, this seems like a bargain. More information on the Pop Japan Travel website.

  • This is a total bargain. It sounds great!

    A little note: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 film. You lovely gents even mentioned it back then, too. :) It is still getting acclaim.

  • It’s interesting to note that PJT hasn’t changed their rates much since they launched a couple of years ago… which is pretty good for westerners given the position of the U.S. Dollar.

  • Chuck R.

    Wow, it sounds like a dream vacation. Is there anyone out there who’s taken it before, and would like to discuss details? Do you get some decent interaction time with the artists?

  • H Park

    When Kadokawa Book released Nizo Yamamoto’s “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” Background art book, I didn’t hesistate to buy one. Too bad I don’t have $2000 for trip like this. It fascinates that BG artists are still using both traditional method and digital method for BG production.