Japanese Pop Culture

Dear Colleagues and Students,


In consideration of the recent situation with the novel coronavirus and associated pneumonia, the Office of International Affairs at Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University has made the difficult decision to cancel the summer programs below. 

Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program 1 (RSJP1) 
Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program 2 (RSJP2)  
Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program Express (RSJP Express)
Ritsumeikan Japanese Pop Culture Program  

In addition to the above, we also cancelled all the customized programs in spring semester. This was obviously a very tough decision, as we were looking forward to welcoming your students to the programs which we have built together. At the moment, we hope that the worldwide outbreak will settle down soon, and can welcome your students in the near future.  

We would like to ask for your understanding with regards to the difficult decision we have taken in the light of current circumstances, and for your continued support in the future.  





This course overviews the birth, the present and the future prospects for Japanese pop culture. It focuses in particular on those elements of Japanese pop culture that have had a substantial influence globally: manga, anime, computer games, and the character creation business. The course will look at the uniqueness of such culture and its impact on the world while also studying its connections with traditional Japanese culture as well as Japanese culture as a whole.

Program Schedule

Program Starts Ends Fee Capacity
Japanese Pop Culture July 20, 2020 July 31, 2020 JPY 165,000 50


Name Title/Degree College
Akinori NAKAMURA Professor / Doctor of Philosophy Image Arts and Sciences


Items Cost in Japanese Yen
Program Fee JPY 160,000
Service Fee JPY 5,000
Accommodation Fee EXTRA

Participants will be asked to pay housing balance upon arrival.

Japanese Pop Culture Syllabus

All Pop Culture Lectures will be taught in English.
90 min each x 15 lectures, for a total of 1,350 min (22.5 hours)

1Field Trip/ Kyoto International Manga Museum
2Field Trip/ TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
3Japanese Pop-Culture and Its Industrial Environment
4The Comic Industry – Origin
5Boost of the Manga Industry
6Anime Industry
7Development of Anime Industry in Japan
8Japanese Characters and Their Globalization
9Video Game Industry
10Development of the Japanese Game Industry
11Evolution of Japanese Heroes
12Gozilla, other Monsters and Tsuburaya
13The Birth of Kawaii
14Using J-Pop to Bring in more People to Local Region

*Subject to change.

Japanese Lesson

You will learn basic and simple Japanese vocabulary and grammar, useful for accessing Japanese Pop Culture. Beginners are welcome!
600 min (50 min x 3 class x 4 days)

Program Class Hours Date Time
Japanese Lesson 50 min x 3 x 4 days TBA 9:00-11:50
Japanese Lesson
Japanese Lesson
Japanese Language Class

Japan Studies

360 min (90 min x 4 days)
You will join 4 different, 90 min long Japan Studies classes during the program.

Kinkakuji Temple
Peace Museum of Ritsumeikan University
Food Sample

Health Check

All students should submit "Health Certificate Form for International Students, Ritsumeikan University" signed by a health care provider or a physician. If you have any ongoing care/treatment, you should have details on the "Medical Information & Certificate" with your doctor's note including sentences that approve your participation for this program with your application form. Please note that it will be your own expense to complete the form.



Check InJuly 19, 2020
Check OutAug 01, 2020

Participants will be asked to pay housing balance upon arrival.

How to Apply

Step 1

Confirm the following requirements.

(1) Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the program. To prove their enrollment status, students will need to submit their academic transcript and enrollment certificate.
(2) Students must have the ability to communicate in English or in basic Japanese. Japan Studies classes will be conducted in either Japanese or English. Therefore, students must be capable of comprehending lectures in one of these languages.

Step 2

Prepare the required documents and complete the online application.

Required documents:

(1) Official certificate of enrollment and most recent official academic transcript from the institution the student is currently attending. 

(2) A Photocopy of the passport information page. The passport number and period of validity must be shown clearly.

(3) Your photograph.

(4) Completed health check form (Ritsumeikan University format).

Step 3

Complete the online application by the due date, May 25, 2019.

Due Date

Program Online Submission Starts Online Submission Deadline Payment Due
Japanese Pop Culture April 15, 2020 May 30, 2020 June 04, 2020


*All dates are subject to change.

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