Cultural Workshops

Japan Impact is also about various cultural workshops, that will allow you to familiarize yourself with various Japanese traditional arts and, perhaps, to leave with your own creations !

A maximum number of participants is attributed to each workshop, except when noted. It is strongly recommended to register, otherwise you may no longer be able to find a place. A sheet of paper will be in front of workshop rooms so you can register. You can add your name on sheets that are already full to join the waiting list, but we will not be able to guarantee a place.


Le Conte dont vous êtes le Héros – Académie de minuit
Sa. 13h15, 17h00, in Natsu room and 15h00, 19h30 in Fuyu room
Di. 11h00, 15h45, Natsu room

L’Académie de Minuit est une association regroupant des conteurs. Roi le conteur proposera l’une de ses spécialités, le Conte dont vous êtes le Héros, avec un conte inédit spécialement écrit pour Japan Impact, sur le thème du Japon. Cette année il sera accompagné de C. la terrible fée, de la reine des cauchemars et d’un des chevaliers des fins heureuses. Le temps d’une histoire, maîtrisez les péripéties des aventuriers ou, mieux, incarnez-les !


Sa. 12h00, 13h30, 16h30, 18h00, Fuyu room.
Su. 13h15, 16h45, 18h00, Fuyu room

Calligraphy is one of the most beautiful Japanese arts and represents not only pretty writing, but also harmony and right proportionality between the full and the empty. Calligraphy thus incarnates one of Japanese most important aesthetic principles, the relation between simplicity and elegancevabi-sabi.

Each line is important, as is its beginning, its direction and its end. No movement is superficial, for a result of impossible delicacy.

Come and learn the basics !


Cérémonie du Thé Macha

Macha Tea Ceremony
Sa. 13h00, 15h30, Osaka room
Su. 12h15, 16h15, Osaka room

The Japanese tea ceremony, using “matcha” green powder tea. In 16th century, Sen-no Rikyu, the founder of the Urasenke school, used to say “what we do in the ceremony is simply boil water, prepare tea and drink”. His words are very simple, so why is the process so assiduous and long ? This is because it is very precious to share a tea bowl in a peaceful atmosphere, that is not created easily.

The four important point in tea ceremony are “wa“, the harmony, “kei“, the respect, “sei“, the purity and “jaku“, the serenity. The idea of Ichigo chie is that every moment is unique and every meeting is unique, a concept explained in the spirit of the tea ceremony.


Sérénité - Cérémonie du Thé Sencha

Sérénité – Sencha Tea Ceremony
Sa. 11h00, 14h00, 16h00, 18h00 in front of the Tokyo room
Su. 10h30, 13h30, 15h30, 17h30, in front of the Tokyo room

During the Edo period, at the start of the 17th century, a new movement, a new tea ceremony practice starts in Japan. The educated people, in the spirit of liberty reacts against the established order and turns towards a new type of tea, the sencha.

The transparent sencha liquid evokes clearness of the free spirit. This was not yet what we call “Sencha” today, but what is now known as “tôcha” (唐茶). The “sencha do” is born later, along with the famous “Kyusu” teapots.

In the 19th century, this practice of the “way of the Sencha” gives birth to many schools and this practice is codified. Ms. Kumiko Murooka was licensed in the « Ogasawara Sencha school ». She regularly comes to Switzerland to present the Sencha ceremony at the Sérénité shop.

This cultural form is little known, which is a pity, as it could be used to promote Japanese tea in Japan and elsewhere.

Cours de dessin

Drawing Class
Sa. 16h30, Haru room
Su. 16h30, Haru room

The Cordeb’Art workshop is the pioneer of MANGA drawing in Switzerland. Every day, classes are offered in their Lausanne locals. At Japan Impact, Julien Cordebar will be present to give an initiation in the art of drawing a manga character.

If you like drawing, if you like mangas, or better, if you like both, rest assured that you will love our activity.

Would you like more information about our school ? Cordeb’Art


Cours de Japonais

Japanese Basics Class
Sa. 12h00, 13h30, 15h00, Haru room
Su. 11h00, 12h30, Haru room

In a Japanese culture festival, what workshop would be more appropriate than the one that allows one to learn the basics of Japanese language ? There are three thematic workshops : presentation, restaurant and kanji reading). They will help you understand some basics on the functioning of this beautiful and poetic language. You might even learn how to get by in some situations !

There are 3 types of classes: Introduction, Restaurant and Kanjis.


Danse japonaise

Japanese Dance
Sa. 17h45, Martial Arts Scene

Let yourself be guided by the talented dancer from the Soubugen duo, Yuko Sarya, who will initiate you in the art of Japanese traditional dance.

The dance is about graceful movements, irresistible poetry, charm, beauty and elegance. It is rare and it is worth your time.

No registration is necessary.


Atelier Furoshiki

Furoshiki Workshop
Sa. 18h00, Sashiko space
Su. 17h00, Sashiko space

Esthétique, écologique, pratique, le furoshiki est une pièce de tissu utilisée au Japon depuis des siècles pour emballer, porter, décorer, offrir, ranger…. Mais rien n’empêche de lui trouver d’autres usages contemporains.
L’atelier met à votre disposition des furoshiki issus du recyclage pour vous entraîner à réaliser des emballages ou des sacs. Les furoshiki restent à l’atelier mais vous garderez une feuille de diagrammes qui vous permettra de répéter l’exercice à domicile et d’inclure la pratique du furoshiki dans la vie quotidienne. Il sera aussi possible d’acheter des furoshiki traditionnels sur le stand lorsqu’il n’y aura pas d’atelier.



Jiko-shokai, Japanese Introduction
Di. 14h30 (Fuyu), 15h30 (Fuyu), 17h45 (Haru)

Present yourself in Japanese (jiko-shoukai) !
Learn to pronounce your name in Japanese and write it in katakana, the Japanese phonetic alphabet. Learn to count in Japanese, say your age, your birth day…
Talk about your favourite manga and anime, talk about your favoutrite sport. Say what you like to eat and drink.
Write a little visit card (meishi) that you will use for your presentation.


Sa. 17h00, 18h30, Osaka room
Su. 14h30, 17h30, Osaka room

Kimono is the Japanese traditional garment, worn in modern times mostly for special occasions. To dress in a kimono and to wear it correctly is not as simple as one might think. During this workshop, come learn how to wear one of these kimonos in small groups. And why not take a photo in this special and elegant outfit?
The type of kimono to discover is Furisode, a particularly elegant kimono worn by women for special occasions.
Wokshops last 1h15min, the kimonos are reserved for women.


Kōdō (cérémonie d'encens)

Kōdō Incense Ceremony
Sa. 11h30, Osaka room
Su. 11h00, Osaka room

Kōdō is the Japanese art of appreciating perfumes. During the Sengoku period (in 16th century), this art was as popular as tea ceremony among aristocrats.

This art can be discovered around a small game. Can you recognize all the fragrances and tell apart the smells of different perfumed wood ?



Sa. 18h45, Tokyo room
Su. 11h00, Tokyo room

Nail Art is the art of decorating nails. The techniques vary, as do the supports : natural and artificial nails, gel, resin, plastic capsules… Very popular in Asia, this discipline developed there into some very colored styles.

This workshop will introduce you to the principal Nail Art techniques and will allow you to discover the particularities of the Japanese style. There will be varied material allowing multiple tries.

Attention, these workshops last 2 hours.



Sa. 18h00, Haru room
Su. 14h00, Haru room

Origami, is the art of paper folding, it is a way to model paper to give it form. It is one of the oldest forms of Japanese art and was used in many fields, from religious rituals to children education, and was naturally also used for entertainment and creative expression.

The crane, in origami, has become a symbol of peace. A legend says that whoever makes 1000 cranes will see his wish fulfilled. And who knows, maybe by also placing the wish on our Wishing Tree (Arbre à Souhaits), you will double your chances ?

Attention, these workshops last 2 hours !



Sa. 11h30 (Tokyo), 16h15 (Tokyo)
Su. 11h00, (Fuyu), 14h00 (Tokyo)

L’association Kyosai vous propose de venir découvrir et de fabriquer votre premier papercraft avec l’aide de nos membres. Le papercraft est un art qui consiste à assembler par collage, découpage et pliage plusieurs bouts de papiers pour construire un personnage à quasi n’importe quelle taille. Ce genre d’œuvre se multiplient de plus en plus sur le net, on vous proposera donc de découvrir des créations bien sympathiques. De nombreuses licences connues sont adaptées comme Pokemon, Naruto ou encore Star wars ..
Attention, les ateliers durent 2h00 !

Papier plissé japonais

Japanese Paper Folding
Sa. 15h00, Sashiko space
Di. 15h00, Sashiko space

Pliage d’une boîte carrée simple en papier origami ou en papier journal que l’on peut imprégner d’eau pour la rendre plus solide. Vous pourrez emporter la ou les boîte(s) que vous allez réaliser.
Nous allons aussi discuter et voir des visuels sur le plissé Japonais (papier, béton, métal, céramique, textile, mode), ainsi que sur l’origami.

Sceaux japonais

Japanese Seals
Sa. 14h00, salle Tokyo
Su. 16h30, salle Tokyo

Seals are a major element of written communication in Japan. It plays the role of signature, guaranteeing the authenticity of a document. The motive present on the seal is the name of its owner.
Il est gravé au burin sur une pierre à grain fin et uni. L’emploi de cet outil favorise les traits droits et s’associe à un style de calligraphie spécifique au sceau : le style sygillaire ou Tensho.

Warning, these workshops last 2 hours and are reserved for adults.


Quizz Culture Japonaise (en partenariat avec Japan FM)
Sa. 16h00, Salle BulleJapon
Di. 12h00, Salle BulleJapon

Tenshirock va mettre à l’épreuve vos connaissances sur le Japon lors d’un Quizz sans pitié. Affûtez-vous et venez tenter de gagner des cadeaux offerts par Japan FM.