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Thursday, January 4, 2024
For this 15th edition of Japan Impact we are renewing our collaboration with Mamike.ch, the must for all cosplay fans in Switzerland, which is sponsoring our cosplay contest!

Nestling in the centre of Berne’s old town, mamike.ch isn’t just an online shop, it’s a veritable Ali Baba’s cave for cosplay enthusiasts. Whether it’s Flexbond, Plastidip, Gummidip or HexFlex, or EVA and Poly Props Foam, not forgetting all the Worbla’s and lots of flexible acrylic colours, mamike.ch is the place where your research turns into finds for your next cosplay project all in one place.

In addition to their support, Mamike will give a creative boost to a cosplayer taking part in the solo cosplay competition who has not won a prize. The sponsoree will be supported in their new project for 1 year with products, equipment and workshops at Mamike to help them build their new cosplay.

Don’t hesitate to visit their stand at our next edition of Japan Impact!

Etsuko Chida

Wednesday, January 3, 2024
Would you like to discover traditional Japanese music?
Join us in the Matsuri room and travel to the sounds of the koto with Etsuko Chida, an artist from the famous Yamada school based in Tokyo ✨️

The koto is a plucked string instrument that arrived in Japan in the 8th century.
It is often used to accompany Kabuki and Bunraku plays 👺

Etsuko Chida will do us the honour of performing on stage on Saturday at 4.15pm and Sunday at 12.45pm. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most memorable traditional Japanese arts 🎶

Vincent Chansard et Julien Cortey

Thursday, December 28, 2023
Are you passionate about anime and fascinated by the creative process behind these incredible works of animation? Then come and discover this universe behind the scenes at our next edition of Japan Impact!

Vincent Chansard and his team-mate Julien Cortey are two french and swiss colleagues working as key sequence animators in Japan, who have worked on popular anime such as One Piece, Boruto, My Hero Academia, Jujutsu Kaisen and many others. In a talk, Vincent and Julien will talk about their experiences as foreign animators in the Japanese animation industry, sharing their journeys and the challenges they faced.

If you’ve always been curious about the profession behind your favourite anime, don’t hesitate to come and ask Vincent Chansard and Julien Cortey all your questions at Japan Impact 2024!


Wednesday, December 27, 2023
For J-Pop fans, we have the immense honour of announcing the appearance of Japanese singer-songwriter HANCE, over the weekend of 17 and 18 February! ✨ HANCE made his debut in September 2020 with his song “The night and the lie”. Since then, his music video, shot in Valencia, Spain, has become a hit not only in Japan but around the world after its release, recording +1 million views on YouTube in the space of 3 months, and topping the Top J-Pop Albums charts in many countries, including France, Slovakia, and even Ukraine! 🔥 As well as Valencia, he also made a diversion to Switzerland to record the music videos for the songs ‘Crossed Stars’ and ‘Spiral’. With his captivating voice and splendid compositions, HANCE promises to take you on a journey through a rousing musical universe! 🎶 Let yourself be seduced by the magic of his music and join us for an exceptional journey with this talented artist. ⚡️

Happy Holidays !

Monday, December 25, 2023
🎄🎁 Happy Holidays to everyone ! 🎅✨ The Japan Impact team wishes you that this period is filled with warmth, love and magical moments in the company of your loved ones, that the festive spirit of Christmas warms your heart and that the coming year is full of happiness and success. Health, happiness and prosperity! 🥂🎉


Friday, December 22, 2023
Following the announcement of the big comeback of the Saturday night’s concert, we’re sharing more details about the coming of IRON ATTACK!, one of Japan’s most popular power metal bands! But what is power metal? It’s a sub-genre of metal with heroic and epic emotions, which you’ll probably enjoy if you like anime openings 😉

IRON ATTACK! will be in concert at Japan Impact on the 17th and 18th of February to thrill you with their covers of Touhou music and anime openings, all in their power metal style! So get ready to be swept away by their music, and don’t hesitate to watch their presentation video available on our youtube channel!


Wednesday, December 20, 2023
It’s with great pleasure that we announce the coming of Mitsu, a French personality who has lived in Japan for over 10 years and shares his rather atypical life in his videos.

You’ll be able to meet him on stage at Japan Impact where he’ll share how a series of small choices led him to the life he leads today in Japan. You can expect lots of fascinating anecdotes about his journey, and he’ll also be interacting with you on how to succeed in our own personal projects.

Don’t miss his “Dis-nous Mitsu” session, in which he answers your questions in all honesty.

To experience these moments of exchange and complicity with Mitsu, come along on the 17th and 18th of February during the 15th edition of Japan Impact!

Drawing Contest

Sunday, December 17, 2023
This winter, try to win tickets for Japan Impact 2024 and goodies! 😄 To do this, create your most beautiful drawing on the theme: traditional Japanese mask (for example tengu, kitsune, oni, noh theatre, samurai mask, etc). Our committee will choose its favourite drawings, whose authors will win the following prizes:
  • 🥇2 1-day tickets to Japan Impact, Goodies, and above all, the privilege of having your drawing displayed on the 4th cover of the convention booklet! 🤩
  • 🥈2 1-day tickets and goodies.
  • 🥉1 ticket for 1 day and goodies.
To participate: Post your drawing on either Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #JapanImpactMask
  • For Instagram / Facebook: @Japan_Impact
  • For Twitter: @japanimpact
You have until 07 January 2024 to send us your illustrations, and we’ll announce the winners on 17 January 2024 on our social networks! We look forward to discover your work 🥰

Saturday night concert

Sunday, December 17, 2023
We’re delighted to announce the return of the Saturday night concert with ButaOtome and Iron Attack! 🎸 These two bands, who specialise in their own interpretations of Touhou music, will be joining forces to round off your day on Saturday, and ensure that you can enjoy the convention a little longer! Stay tuned for more information about them and a host of other announcements in the next few days 👀 As a reminder, our ticket shop is already open, so don’t hesitate if you’re thinking of buying a last-minute Christmas present 😉

Cosplay contests rules

Friday, December 15, 2023
We’re delighted to announce the return of Japan Impact’s famous cosplay contests ! ✨ You’ll have the chance to participate in solo and/or group cosplay contests, which will take place over the weekend of February 17 and 18, 2024 ! 🤩 It’s in collaboration with Z’Hiboo (@zhiboo.ch), in charge of organizing these incredible contests, that we’ll be able to come and admire you on stage! 😍 The rules for the next edition are now available on the Z’Hiboo Linktree, as well as on our website. About inscriptions, these will arrive at the very beginning of next year, so stay tuned to our social networks ! ✨ 📸 Théa Cosplays by @jonah_theweeb & @know.me.cosplay