INKO – Ai Takita

Category: Game & Anime

What we do at HYPER JAPAN Online 2021

Are you new or have a bit of experience in drawing Manga? Come and join INKO to get to know what manga is all about and why it’s so popular. INKO will host 2 workshops during August.

Workshop 1)
TYPE: Free Manga Workshop
Date: 6th August 2021, Friday
Time: 19:30 – 20:30 BST (1-hour workshop incl. Q&A)

In this free 1 hour workshop, INKO will talk about what is manga all about and a brief history of Manga. Then you will learn to draw your first manga character with step-by-step instruction! This workshop will also give you a great opportunity to ask any questions or whatever you have been wondering about manga to a professional manga artist! You don’t need to have any drawing experience to join in, and if you’d rather just watch how a manga character is drawn, that’s just fine too.

Workshop 2)
TYPE: A midsummer horror event – Funny but scary! Let’s draw Japanese Yokai monsters
Date: 14th August 2021, Saturday
Time: 19:30 – 21:00 BST (1.5 hour workshop incl. Q&A)
Price: GBP 20

One of the most popular summer events in Japan is a horror event. People are gathering up to tell scary stories in order to get a bit of chill in a hot season. Why not have an event similar to it? So here it is, join INKO, who has been published Manga Yokai Stories, to draw Yokai monsters!

There are hundreds of folklore monsters existing in Japan, I guess they’re something similar to tooth fairies or unicorns in western culture. Creatures such as Amabie started gathering attention inside and outside Japan because of an internet meme for its story connected to pandemic prophecy. They are not only popular for their funny/spooky stories, but also their unique looks! So it would be lovely to draw them together.

In this 90 min workshop, we are going to explore the wonders of Japanese folklore monsters – Yokai. As you will draw them in step-by-step instruction with INKO, this will be a perfect opportunity to create Halloween card!

Show at HYPER JAPAN Online 2021


INKO is a Japanese Manga artist based in the UK. She was born in Kyoto, Japan. After graduating from Kyoto University of Art & Design, she moved to England and studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design.

Her works – cross overs of modern and traditional Eastern and Western cultures – have been recognised by many companies, museums such as British Museum, V&A Museum, Transport For London, Sony Entertainment Japan, and Guardian children’s book. She also delivers manga workshops in schools, galleries and museums such as British museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. She was appointed as a culture and language ambassador with School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Besides, her work was featured in an ‘Inking Woman 250 years of Women and Comic Artists in Britain (2018)’ and the comic ’Portrait Of Violence’ has won a bronze medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2018. The multimedia project she took part as an illustrator ‘Flight Paths’ won Innovation in Craft Award at Superfilm Disability Film Festival in 2021. She also actively takes part in art projects such as “House of Setting Sun”, an ongoing exhibition at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House.

She also has been designing the official images for HYPER JAPAN in 2021 and 2020.