Japan Expo Sud - February 22-24, 2019 Marseille Chanot
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About Japan Expo Sud

Japan Expo Sud is THE event about Japanese pop and traditional culture, in the heart of Marseille in the South of France!

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Meetings, panels & autographs

Japan Expo Sud has many prestigious guests coming every year to meet their fans during signing sessions and to talk about their work, their careers, or their jobs during masterclasses and panels. Those guests are mangakaanime directors, chara-designers, illustrators, video game creators, producers, musicians, singers, composers… who come all the way from Japan to meet you. Don’t miss the chance of meeting famous artists and of getting to know more about them.

Showcases & performances

Among the artists mentioned above, there are many bands and musicians performing on stage. All types of music are welcome on the Ichigo stage to show the various styles and sounds coming from Japan! Newcomers and experienced artists alike play as many styles as J-rock, RnB, J-pop, hard rock, electro… and also video game or anime music. And as music has been part of Japanese culture since ancient times, traditional artists come play shamisen, koto, sanshin, and more on the Sakura stage, as many enchanting instruments used in traditional music.

Workshops, games & activities

Japan Expo Sud is also the place to learn about Japanese culture and try new activities! Many workshops and initiation classes are organized to unveil to you the secrets of martial arts, figurine modeling, cosplay making, or many traditional activities such as ikebana, tea ceremony, calligraphy, and more.

Japan Expo Sud is also a huge playground! A place where all types of games await the attendees: games on stage (quizzes, blindtests, karaoke...), on the booths (among which the famous and traditional go and shôgi) and everywhere in the festival!

Video games

Video games are an important aspect of Japanese pop culture and of Japan Expo as well. Publishers, guests and various participants are part of it. You can come play video games on booths, try the latest releases or defy other attendees during tournaments. Video game creators, artists or producers also come to let you know more about their jobs and the video game industry.

Traditional culture

Japanese culture is fascinating in many ways, and traditions are definitely among its most attractive aspects. As such, it is under the spotlight at Japan Expo Sud. On top of theatre and music performances, and shows, many associations are part of it with activities and workshops, such as ikebana (flower arrangement), origami, tea ceremony, calligraphy, painting, traditional games, kimono, food or conferences about Japanese culture.


Japan Expo Sud is faithful to the tradition: in the southern sun, cosplay has pride of honor on the main stage. Cosplayers get on stage in the most breathtaking costumes, hand-made costumes from their favorite manga, anime or video games, to show outstanding choreographies and performances. The alleys of Japan Expo, its cosplay stage and most of all the masquerades on the main stage are unique opportunities to see your favorite manga, anime and video game characters come to life.

Martial arts

Martial arts are definitely part of Japan Expo Sud! The festival allows you to discover many of them: many clubs make demonstrations at the Budô area all day long and also propose initiations. Ninjutsu, kendô, jûdô, jodô, aikidô, karate, shôrinji kenpô and many more: everything to have a good time and maybe chose your own martial way!


Stores, Young Fashion Designers, young artists, magazines, webzines, fanzines, exhibitions, institutions, associations: Japan Expo Sud is THE place to be for the manga industry and Japanese culture! With well-stocked booths, cultural products from Japan, all kinds of goodies, information about travelling, games… you are bound to find something interesting for you in the alleys of Japan Expo Sud! 

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