Be inspired by Kyoto’s dynamic popular culture and
superb traditional arts!
Take this opportunity to experience the city’s
unique, richly fascinating, world-renowned heritage!

PROGRAM UPDATE – April 30, 2021

We regret to announce that our Kyoto Inspiration 2021 summer program has been cancelled, due to an increase in coronavirus infections and variants, the current state of emergency, and a strict ongoing ban on the entry of overseas visitors.

We are sorry to disappoint all those who applied (we are disappointed too, that it is not going to happen) and hope to offer this program again in 2022.

We are also considering format and content for a possible online lecture version.

Enquires welcome: .

Program concept

‘Kyoto Inspiration’ is a special program providing participants with insights into how Kyoto’s traditional culture has provided a base, nurture and inspiration for innovations in past and present-day Japan’s popular media and arts. Drawing from a wide spectrum of interrelated sources, we will build an overview of how ongoing creative, social, aesthetic, spiritual and worldly influences from Kyoto’s past have contributed to shaping present-day popular media and culture, including manga, anime, fashion, and game development.

Academic status

This program is open to university/college students or graduates, in principle. Priority is given to students of our partner institutions. Graduating high school seniors may also be considered, No academic credits are given, but a certificate of completion will be provided. A transcript can also be provided if required for independent study documentation.


‘Kyoto Inspiration’ is a 13-day program, comprising lectures, workshops and field trips. In 2021 it will be held from Thursday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 13, with check-in on June 30. Application period: March 15 to April 15. Inquiries welcome!

Two free days are scheduled for participants’ personal explorations.


Mostly shared rooms will be provided on campus (included in program fee)



(with translation from Japanese where necessary)