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The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines has opened its doors to qualified Anime, Manga and Cosplay aficionados to be a part of their yearly student cultural exchange program.

Called the JENESYS program, or the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth program it is a program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government together with the Japan Cultural Center of the Embassy, the Japan International Cooperation Center and the Philippines’ National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The fifth batch of the program for this year will entail the core themes of Anime, Manga and Cosplay.


23 Filipino students, alongside their two supervisors, will be in Japan for 10 days from March 21 to 30, 2014. Highlighting the trip is the visit to the Anime Japan 2014 exposition, which is a merge of the Tokyo Anime Fair and the Anime Contents Expo events.

The participants will also tour different corporations and visit local governments and schools in order to witness the dual values of modernity and traditionalism that the country is offering.


The program is open to university, college or technical-vocational undergraduate students aged 18-30 who has a strong passion to Anime, Manga and Cosplay, as well as students who are majoring in Animation, illustration and design.

Applicants will have until the January 31 to file their applications, while the interviews will be conducted from February 17 to 18.

For more information regarding application requirements and guidelines, you may visit this site.