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From Sub-Culture to the Traditional: Work in a Job Unique to Japan!

Your job is where you’ll spend the majority of your time, so why not spend it doing something you enjoy! In this article, we’ll introduce some jobs unique to Japan, from sub-cultures like anime and gaming, to traditional arts, and how to approach them. Apply what you love in Japan, and find a job you’ll love!

Work with Anime
Anime is one of Japan’s most well-known subcultures, and one with many fans from around the globe. There are also many who hope to work in this industry. In fact, in Japan, anime is not limited only to TV and movies, but original characters are often created for companies or individual promotional campaigns.

There are actually many jobs that deal with anime. Animators that digitalize the characters of a manga, the voice actors who create their voices and the 3DCG creators that plan and stage scenes are all a part of the process.

Courses like the 3D CG Animation Department at the Kobe Institute of Computing can help you polish the creativity, knowledge, and technical skills needed for the anime industry. One merit is that many courses can be completed in two years.

For those who want to gain technical knowledge, but first want to work on their Japanese, there’s also a Japanese Department, so you’re able to polish up your language skills before you begin your specialized training. The Kobe Institute of Computing has many other courses perfect for those aiming for a creative career, including voice acting, game programming, sound engineering, and more.

Read an interview with a student who studied at the Kobe Institute of Computing here.

Work in the Tourism Industry
If you want to show your beloved Japan to the world, a job in tourism might just be for you! In ryokan inns and hotels, you can not only come to understand Japanese omotenashi, or hospitality, but you’ll also have many opportunities to experience a variety of cultural practices and traditions.

Ryokan inns, in particular, are places full to bursting with Japanese culture. Unlike hotels, one room in a ryokan fills a variety of needs. During the daytime there may be a table and tea and snacks, while at dinnertime it will become a dining room to which your meal will be delivered. After meals, or while guests are out, a futon will be laid out, and the rooms will become spacious bedrooms.

From the kimono of the okami (traditionally, the proprietress of the establishment) to the yukata worn by guests, the traditional food offered with seasonal ingredients, as well as the paintings and furnishings within the ryokan, you’ll be able to work with the clothing, good, and dwellings of Japan, which are sure to give you a full sense of Japanese customs, mentality, and seasonal traditions.

Art College Kobe has a Tourism Department which prepares international workers to provide the services and presentation required for inbound tourism in the industry. Graduates work as international staff at ryokans, hotels, and other establishments, or as tour guides and interpreters. Make your dreams come true as you learn about both Japanese and foreign cultures, in an international environment that brings together students from Japanese language schools from across Japan.

The same Art College Kobe has also opened an International Communication Department. There are many students in this course who wish to work either in regular companies, or to continue their studies in university or graduate school. You won’t need to worry, as they provide lots of support to help students learn Japanese business manners and about the job hunting process.

Kobe Study Abroad will continue sharing information about each school, and interviews with former students, so stay tuned for the latest, because we’ll be posting plenty of helpful information!