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Emma Obadina

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Come and discover the art of Japanese pastries with Emma Obadina, an international pastry chef specializing in this field.

During a workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to make Nerikiri; small pastries made from sweetened white bean paste, glutinous rice flour and filled with red bean paste.

Once the Nerikiri has been assembled, it is carefully sculpted to represent an element of nature, often related to the season.

Nerikiri go very well with Japanese tea, which is why they are often featured in tea ceremonies.

What’s more, if you’d like to try other pastries, you’ll be able to buy them directly from her booth! Mochi, made-to-order dorayaki, cookie, warabi, Dango, Japanese cheesecake… and much more!

Participation in the workshop is by registration only.


Sunday, January 14, 2024
Come and immerse yourself in the world of doujin music group ButaOtome at the 15th edition of Japan Impact! 🎶

Active since 2010, the members of ButaOtome are much more than just musicians. They’re also illustrators and designers, forming a unique and colorful group, but above all, they’re wacky performers who like to take to the stage dressed as animals, bringing a wild energy to their shows. Their multi-faceted talent extends to compositions for other artists, video games and anime, as well as numerous collaborations in a variety of projects.

So get ready for some eccentric concerts on the 17th and 18th February, and don’t hesitate to watch their video presentation available on our youtube channel!

Yuzu Natsumi

Friday, January 12, 2024
Embark on a fascinating journey through the creative world of Yuzu Natsumi, a versatile Japanese artist who brings us the beauty of Japanese culture through her mesmerizing shamisen playing ! 🎵 Yuzu doesn’t limit herself to her exceptional musical performance, she also shines on stage and hosts radio shows. After her Tokyo debut in 2013, she rose to international ascension when she joined Akim’s Funk Buddha show in New York in 2014. Since 2018, Yuzu has captivated audiences in 16 countries, including the USA, France, Iceland, Serbia, Thailand and India. We’re delighted to welcome her to Japan Impact for her first experience in Switzerland! 🇨🇭 Join us for a unique musical experience, where Yuzu will offer a fresh and different sound from the current musical landscape. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover something new and exciting. ✨

The art of tidying up with Yuri Saito

Thursday, January 11, 2024
To live happily and feel at home, you need to know how to organise things properly. At least that’s how Yuri Saito sees it, and she’ll be introducing you to Japanese-style tidying, which has been popularised in recent years by Marie Kondo (KonMari), of whom Yuri is a certified consultant. For them, tidying up is an art that can be learned and passed on, an art that enables us to sort out what makes us happy and what clutters us up, an art that is also useful for making important decisions in our lives.

Yuri Saito will also be presenting a second lecture together with Yasuka from MidnightBlossom on how to live with the yokais in our homes.

Yuri Saito’s lectures will take place on Saturday 17 February 2024 at Japan Impact.

The French Livaï

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Cosplayer, youtuber and streamer The French Livaï will be with us during the 15th edition of Japan Impact!

Come and discover his fascinating universe during his conference, where he will retrace his journey from his first steps in the world of cosplay as a content creator and self-entrepreneur. Armed with practical advice and creative tips, The French Livaï will also reveal the keys to standing out on social media all the while creating authentic content you’ll love.

So don’t hesitate to come and listen to him or chat with him on stage on Sunday February 18 at 4pm!

Emiko Okamoto

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
For the 15th edition of Japan Impact, plunge into the exciting world of traditional Japanese arts! 🍵✨

“Legends of Matcha” conference
Exciting lecture about “matcha” green tea and its health benefits. Anecdotes and characters who have marked the history of cha no yu, the tea ceremony. Followed by a matcha workshop. Hosted by Emiko Okamoto, Japanese tea ambassador for Switzerland. lecture in French.

*Cookies will be offered to conference participants. Draw for matcha workshop!

Tea stand “Aux Mille Pins - Thés du Japon Emiko Okamoto” :
Matchas and various types of Japanese tea, tea accessories, homemade dry cakes.

Cosplay contests registrations

Monday, January 8, 2024
Cosplay contests registrations are officially open ! 🔥 You have the opportunity to register from now until January 21, 2024, at 11:59 pm. For more information, visit the linktree of the @zhiboo.ch. 😉 Don’t hesitate to embark on this exciting adventure and share your love of cosplay with us ! We look forward to seeing you perform ! 🥰 📷 : Théa Cosplay : @princesse_cosplay


Sunday, January 7, 2024
Would you like to discover Japan in a different light? Tenshirock will be your guide at two conferences on very different subjects, one on each day of the convention. A great connoisseur and appreciator of Japanese culture, Tenshirock will talk to you about the Yokai, creatures of Japanese mythology, in a tour of the world, from legends and traditions to their presence in popular culture (manga, anime, video games and much more). It will then be addressed to all those who are curious about the life of expatriates in the Land of the Rising Sun and to all those who wish to take the plunge and embark on the adventure. Take the opportunity to hear about other facets of the Japan we love so much.

Idol contest registrations

Friday, January 5, 2024
After the great success of the 💃Idol Contest🧑‍🎤 launched last year, we are happy to announce that it will take place this year too and bigger than ever 🎶 !

If you’re a fan of K-pop or J-pop, love choreographing with your friends, and have the soul of a star, come and shine in the spotlight solo or in a group! ✨

The competition is open to everyone, whatever your age or gender. Parental permission is required for participants who are minors at the time of the convention.

The entry form, rules and answers to most of your questions can be found here .

Photo by Vincent Folliard

Kawaii contest registrations

Friday, January 5, 2024
Ready to make the public melt with cuteness? 🎀🥹 In addition to the Idol contest, we’re also announcing the ✨ Kawaii Contest ✨!!!

Become the cutest person at Japan Impact! Prepare a crazy performance, dress up in your cutest clothes and try to win the hearts of the jury and the public.🌸

The competition is open to everyone, whatever your age or gender. Parental authorisation is required for participants who are minors at the time of the convention.

The registration form, rules and answers to most of your questions can be found HERE