Continuous Activities

Activity room PolyJapan

Do you want to show the Japan Impact audience your knowledge of Japanese animation and sing your favorite openings? Come and enjoy a crazy atmosphere thanks to karaoke, quizzes, blind tests and much more! Register on Sunday afternoon to set the karaoke contest on fire!

Art'elier - Introduction to Sumi-e drawing

Introduction to ink drawing using the Sumi-e technique. Create a drawing that you can proudly take home.

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Artelier - Workshop Kumihimo

Making a Kumihimo bracelet: thread braiding technique.

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Cercle Suisse Japon - Arboretum

Cercle Suisse Japon and the Arboretum japanese forest

The Arboretum japanese forest project

Sylvain Meier, inf. forestier EPFZ

A dream born following a visit to the Japanese forests of southern Japan in 1979.

Moving from dream to reality!

Back from my journey centered on the forest of southern Japan, I gradually imagined a Japanese forest in the context of the Vallon de l’Aubonne.

Trained as a forest engineer, I had the opportunity to discover forest phytosociology (the way forest ecosystems are organized!) during my studies.

Ideally for us, Japan has adopted the European approach to describe its vegetation, in particular that of its forests, both very similar to ours in its more exotic “cold temperate” part, for us, in its southern part.

Another big difference, our flora was very affected (depleted) by the glaciations l China and Japan, as well as North America did not “suffer” to the same extent… we find there elements belonging to the tertiary flora ! partly also present in “Europe” at the time!

Akira Miyawaki, well known today for his method, was the artisan coordinating the mapping of Japanese forests (1980-89). An exceptional work.

The Japanese forest project is gradually being set up over an area of ​​3 ha which offers a wide variety of topographic and soil conditions, generally in SW exposure and sheltered from the wind…

Alpine erratic blocks, often covered with moss, are numerous. Such a project requires collaboration with many institutions such as local and Japanese Botanical Gardens to source seeds.

Risk assessment (frost hardiness, development of the plant in Europe, plant requirements) was carried out on an ad hoc basis during the ten years preceding the presentation and acceptance of the Japanese Forest Project by the Technical Commission of the Arboretum, today, National Arboretum of the Vallon de l’Aubonne).

Since then, things have been happening mainly in the field thanks to a team of motivated volunteers.

The participation of the Cercle Suisse Japon was essential in terms of socio-cultural activities and quickly took concrete form in the establishment of the Hanami which, since then, is celebrated every spring, at the beginning of April.

A Japanese Festival, with Taiko, Kyudo, Shakuhachi and Tea Ceremony is organized in June. The opportunity each time to discover or follow the development of the project.

At the same time, a course in Japanese vegetable dyeing given by Betty de Paris, an indigo specialist, allows you to discover the dyeing properties of several plants from the Japanese forest. In autumn one or two visits to the forest are organized in the context of the Autumn of Japanese Culture of the Consulate of Japan in Geneva.

If you would like more information, do not hesitate to write to Mr. Meier sylvain.meier@bluewin.ch

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Gaming Federation

Gaming Federation" is an association whose goal is the promotion and development of the video game culture in Switzerland, through events, the dynamization of a network of gamers, but also by informing the general public about responsible gaming.

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Go game

Hikaru no Go? Google VS the best Go pro? Just curious to see this game whose name is only used to fill in crossword puzzles? Contrary to appearances, you don’t need to be a good strategist to play a game of GO. 10 minutes are enough to learn the rules of this 4000 years old game that can be played between young and old. If you feel the need and the desire to change air between mangas, animes and other artists, do not hesitate to visit us at the Go Stand.


The Museum of Tales invites you, Japan Impact visitors, to the Hall-Kamishibaï to learn this art.

Come and discover tales, legends and other invented stories from Japan, told in pictures, in a small wooden theater.

Become a reader in your turn, transporting listeners, during the time of a story, from the depths of the ocean, to the edge of a forest or to the top of Mount Fuji, landscapes populated by human beings and other than human.

For the general public

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Photography credit © Amina Jendly


Originating in the 16th century, Hanafuda is a typical Japanese card game. Originally created to get around the ban on Western games, it was imported to the United States in the 1930s by Nintendo, which was originally founded to market them. A standard game is played between two (or even three) players and is played in six or twelve rounds for a total duration of about half an hour. We suggest you discover the Hana-Awase or Koi-Koi variants.

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This extremely popular millennium game in Asia is also one of the most played games in the world. Come and discover mahjong and play a game in a good mood!

Maid Café Victorian Rose

In the hustle and bustle of the convention, come take a break at the Maid Café Victorian Rose. Our team of Maids and Butlers look forward to welcoming you and pampering you with drinks and homemade pastries. We look forward to seeing you!

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