Summer Manga Camp


Monday to Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

July 8 - 12 and July 22 - 26, 2024


Summer Manga Camp: Hirameki Art Edition takes place at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, located in Burnaby at 6688 Southoaks Crescent, on the corner of Kingsway and Sperling. How to get here.


Registration closed as of July 9.

What is it? 

Summer Manga Camp: Hirameki Art Edition is a fun-filled week of Japanese culture with a special focus on character creation! Hirameki loosely translates to “inspiration.” The Camp offers a fantastic lineup of workshops by local artists and masters of Japanese arts. Together, we hope to encourage our budding artists to reflect on their personal experiences to create meaningful stories. We believe that the process of creating a character can help strengthen your child’s identity, build a lifelong passion for drawing and develop transferable techniques. 

During the 5-day camp, you will also experience a variety of Japanese culture such as:

  • Origami
  • Kimono Dress Up & Dance
  • Manju Making 
  • Kamishibai Storytelling
  • Mini Sports Day 
  • Judo 
  • Haiku
  • Calligraphy
  • Lantern Craft
  • Fan decorating
  • Kumihimo Art
  • Visiting the Nikkei Japanese Bookstore


Ally Adachi is a Japanese Canadian illustrator based in Vancouver, BC. Growing up with a deep love of animation, Ally enjoys the art of storytelling, be it through comics or through a single drawing.

Her thesis project for OCAD University’s 108th Graduate Exhibition (2023), Camp, follows the subject of the Japanese Canadian Internment, looking into the experiences many Japanese Canadians lived through during the 1940s through a series of illustrations, showing a piece of Canada’s history that is often overlooked.

Who can join? 

Summer Manga Camp: Hirameki Art Edition is designed for beginner to intermediate level art enthusiasts between the ages of 9-12 and is limited to 15 children.

Please note:

  • The program will run in English. Artists and volunteers will have varying degrees of Japanese language competency, from fluent to beginner. 
  • Lunch is not provided.
  • We cannot provide personal care, administer medication, or provide one-to-one assistance on an ongoing basis.

Price & Payment: 

$250.00 |  NNMCC Members: $225.00

Payment received:

  • In person during office hours: Tue-Sat 10:00-5:00.  Cash/Debit/Visa/Mastercard
  • By phone during office hours: Tue-Sat 10:00-5:00. Visa/Mastercard
  • Cheques payable to:
    Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
    6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
    Attention: Annika Louie / Youth Program Coordinator

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be granted if you cancel your registration at least 14 days before the first day of camp, minus a 10% administration fee.


Please contact Annika by email [email protected] or call 604.777.7000 ext. 113