Tuesday, December 31, 2199

Links to information

Voices from students New

The Direction

Online Lesson
Online lesson schedule (2017 the first half) 

Online Lesson General Information

Programs/Online class

How to participate in an online lesson

Standard Lesson
Standard Lesson General Information

Programs/Standard Class

Tools which are available at Manga School Nakano

Manga Tools for each steps -Black and White

Manga Tools for each steps -Water Color-

How to apply .

1) Fill the application form: Online Lesson Standard Lesson
*You can check the availability of the class on our calendar (below). 

2) After you receive a confirmation e-mail from the school, buy the ticket which you need on our shop (TeamUp site).

3) Your payment has been completed. The school send you a confirmation e-mail.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Second video from Nakano Let's Draw

Hi there!
Since we are planning to post a new video on Nakano Let's Draw every week, a new video has been uploaded!

It's a sequence of the first one, how to draw face -  from Three Quarter and Profile Angles.
Draw with me, and if you don't mind, post or share your drawing on our FB or google page!

I tried to explain where you can set eyes and nose/mouth, since some people have problem to decide that positions.

Please share the video clips and subscribe our channel "Nakano Let's draw" and give us your feedback! We can keep doing it or not - it depends on you!
We are planning one new video every week! Don't miss it!

You can also  watch some drawing videos on my youtube channel (Nao Yazawa)  

Nakano Let's Draw

I have been thinking for a while to make some video clip, How to draw manga series.

I'm having manga lesson class, both in person and online already. I think that is the best way learning manga (In person > Online), but attending manga class is not easy to everyone. The costs, schedule, and shyness...

I got some people who can help me, Masao-kun and Pirrip-kun! ! With them, I've started Manga drawing video clip project now!

This is the first video clip, about how to draw faces. This version is about 10 minutes. We'll make short video clips, about 10 min. /3-5 min. because it easily can be watched anytime.

We are not in this building anymore, though - have moved. ^^;

It's just started. Camera angles, positions, constructions, we'll improve them by try and error.

It's free. That because every member is kindly helping me with no charge. I'm thinking to get some income by advertisement - I could pay some to them by that, if we got many subscribers and views.

Please share the video clips and subscribe our channel "Nakano Let's draw" and give us your feedback! We can keep doing it or not - it depends on you!

We are planning one new video every week! Don't miss it!

Manga School Nakano old youtube channel (Manga School Nakano) is still active, you can watch some Online free session records, some video clips (coloring, inking etc. ) here.

In Visa Video

It's a visa's campaign, #not a tourist. They came to Nakano in March. One of the crew took a manga class and drew his manga touch portrait.

I found this video because of my FB friend in Thailand and shared whit with tagged me. I found Taiwan version on their Youtube channel, but that's all. Is there any other version?

See? He done a very good job!!

Monday, October 31, 2016

The direction

We have moved to new place, about 10 minutes walk from Nakano Station, North exit.
〒165-0026 Tōkyō-to, Nakano-ku, Arai, 2 Chome−7−13 Nangoku Building 2nd floor.

From JR Nakano North exit (entrance) ...

Go straight and turn left

Cross the road and turn right. 

Pass by Nakano Sunplaza...

Pass by Donki...

Pass by Freshness Burger...

Pass by a convenience store( Family Mart)...

Next block. 

The entrance is here, we are on the 2nd floor.

Open the door and come in! (There is no call bell)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A feedback from a student.

The following article is done by Helen from Toronto, she took manga lessons of MSN in Nov. 2016. She kindly agreed that I post her article on this site. Thanks, Helen! It will give you what manga lesson I offer is like - from a student's view!  (Nao Yazawa)


Many people who come to Tokyo know of Nakano Broadway, a shopping arcade filled with stores selling manga, game and anime related goods on the north side of Nakano station. As tempting as it was to leave the station and head there for a full day of browsing, I spent a week heading south toward Manga School Nakano instead.
Along a narrow street that follows the tracks toward the west is a former elementary school whose classrooms are now used for language lessons and offices and which houses Manga School Nakano. Between attending promotional events for Koyama Press books, I found some time to study at this small school and it became the highlight of my Japan trip.
My instructor was mangaka Nao Yazawa, best known for her manga series and anime Wedding Peach. She is the only person teaching a manga drawing course in Japan, in english, to foreign students in private and online lessons. Her enthusiasm about the possibilities of cultural exchange through drawing manga has sent her to the US, Canada and Europe to give workshops and lectures.

Although she also works digitally, her forte is instruction in the traditional tools of manga: pencils, nib pens and ink, rulers, screentone and pre-ruled manga paper. Even mangaka concede that digital methods are faster and more convenient but for me, it's also enjoyable to have hands covered in graphite, surrounded by eraser crumbs and scraps of flowery screentone.
Though I didn't meet my goal of producing finished pages, I did learn a lot from Nao Sensei, that unless your drawings communicate clearly, no one will ever know how brilliant and funny your characters are! And that some thoughtful composition and page layout can guide the reader from panel to panel, moving them smoothly through your story. Nao  Sensei  listened patiently while I bombarded her with random questions about drawing points and tips about materials until my time ran out.  
A wonderful experience for manga enthusiasts of all ages and abilities!

-Helen Koyama

January, 2016

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Voices from Students

Do you have any feedback about Manga School Nakano what you can shear ? Please send it via the contact form (left). Thank you!

In person lesson

I signed up my 13-year-old daughter for this lesson during a recent trip to Tokyo, and it was the highlight of her trip. Among other things, she learned from a professional manga artist the manga creative process and how to use the various tools and materials involved. Her instructor was patient and kind. I highly recommend the experience. One suggestion, if you will want to purchase tools and materials, build in some time to do so after the lesson. The instructor was able to tell us where to go in Tokyo and what to buy, but we didn't have time in our schedule to make it happen. We were able to find all the things we needed at the International Manga Museum in Kyoto, though.

-Review from Viator


We wanted to study Manga in Japan and went to Nakana Manga School for a private lesson in December, where we were taught by Nao Yazawa, a Japanese Manga artist. Nao gives her classes in English (which is very unusual), and her school is just a short walk from Nakano JR station. Nao was very friendly and patient, even with absolute beginners like us. Our lesson covered basic concepts of Manga, then Nao helped us make our own characters and showed us ways to improve our drawings. It was a great experience. Manga is far from easy, but Nao was very enthusiastic and encouraging. We learnt a lot in our private class. I wish we could come back and work more from her. All in all, It was a fun experience. I highly recommend it to Manga fans who want to get to know more about this art form.

-Review from TripAdvisor

"Loved my experience there, very customized and in-depth approach to manga making, lots of fun. Thank you, Nao sensei!"
  -59 years old,  Canada

''I'm glad that I'm able to know more about writing manga! Each session is a new exciting experience!'' 
-20 years old, Mauritius 

"I wasn't a huge manga-fan before I had my first lesson, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But after that time I was completely fascinated by both the process and the amount of talent the manga artist possess. I've been having lessons once a month and I'm always looking forward to it, the more I learn and practice the more interested I get. This lessons have really opened my eyes to manga as an art form and the work behind it, so much fun!" 
-23 years old, Sweden

"I'm studying manga in France, first as spare-time, now to teach it. It finally appears to me that what I was doing was not really Japanese manga, but a kind of imitation. So it was necessary for me to go to Japan and learn Manga from a Japanese mangaka and teacher. But, the thing is I don't speak fluently Japanese and it was difficult to find someone in Japan who could have taught me until I came to Nakano manga school and met Nao-sensei and her English manga lessons ! Thanks to the school and to her, I can improve my manga techniques ... and my English speaking !!!" 
- 27 years old, France

Online lesson

"I learned so much from my course with MSN and it is incredible that I was able to do it all from home! Thanks to MSN's online courses I was able to join in, even though I couldn't travel to Japan!" 
-33 years old, Norway

"I feel very lucky that I can learn professional manga skills from the U.S.." 
-14 years old,USA