Going abroad like this for me had two very big and exciting components. First is what your specific technical reason for going which sounds like for you its about graphic arts. Sounds like it could be amazing. For that part of the trip, if you go - make the most of it and prioritize learning as much as you can. Those opportunities don't come around often so learn and practice as much as you can.
The surprising thing I learned was how much more there is to the world. Sounds silly, but when you are away from your friends and family, you'll have to rely on yourself and the people you'll have just met. This is from everything from getting from one place to another, and for fun outside of your work. This for me was the best part of the experience. So much of what I thought was "right" was often wrong. So simply listening and trying to understand other's points of view was fascinating. There is so much fun with these kinds of experiences - just don't let it overtake the first goal, which is learning in the program you signed up for.
Lastly, while you'll want to stay connected to your friends and family here, you may benefit from focusing on your new friends and the program. Staying focused on being there, participating in the program, and checking out a great place will be amazing. It won't be as much fun though if you spend too much time focused on what's happening back home - you'll catch up with that soon enough. Enjoy the program while you can
I'm happy to hear that you hope to travel and study abroad in Japan.
The best way to work for the animation production industry is to go to university of the arts or vocational colleges to learn a specialist skill or profession. There are many vocational colleges for animation and some universities have "Manga" course in Japan.
Why don't you visit the website of universities or vocational colleges which you are interested in and request documents?
I hope your dreams will come true.
Best of luck.
- People are very friendly and genuinely want to help foreign visitors (they try really hard to speak English)
- Public transportation (which is a super convenient way to get to anywhere you want) in rush hours are really packed and people are used to stand right next to each other without any spaces around them. Btw - trains . busses are super punctual.
- Taxi door opens automatically
- You will be asked to take your shoes off at many places (public buildings, private homes, restaurants, etc.). Very different custom
- No tipping at restaurants, etc.
- Japan is a country of old and new. You should explore both traditions and modern culture
- You can expect very clean public bathroom
to name a few....