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Artistic Envelope Contest

The artistic envelope contest comes back to Japan Expo 19th Impact. Send us your creations on the topic of Space Opera or the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan to win gifts!

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If you feel like an artist, don't miss our envelope contest! We have two themes to suggest you for the 19th impact: Space Opera and the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan. To properly celebrate these, the festival offers a great schedule during which attendees will get to meet honorary guests such as big names who have played an important part in the making of the anime Cowboy Bepop or Cobra's famous author, Buichi TERASAWA. They will also get to celebrate the years of friendship between France and Japan by attending a traditional music show of wadaiko and tsugaru shamisen given by two talented musicians as part of Japonismes 2018.

Choose your favorite theme among these two but make sure to add at least one of Japan Expo’s mascots (Chibi Dino, the geisha, the samurai, the school girl). For the rest, give your imagination free rein!


The rules are simple: you must decorate an envelope you own way (drawing, collage, fabric, painting) and send it to us.


You must decorate the front of your envelope, meaning the side including our address and a stamp. The back of your envelope can remain blank. Let your imagination take over: originality will pay off!

The envelope must remain as it is (do not put it in another envelope).


All the formats are accepted (standard size, handmade…) as long as it is an envelope.


Celebrate the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan, and Space Opera!

You can choose between one of these two themes (The 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan or Space Opera).

The envelope must also include at least one character from Japan Expo (Chibi Dino, the geisha, the samurai, the school girl).


Send your work to the following address:

Japan Expo
Concours d'enveloppes artistiques
14 place Georges POMPIDOU
93160 Noisy-le-Grand – France

Do not forget to include in the envelope a piece of paper with your details: name, surname, age, email and postal address and/or write them on the back of the envelope.

Prize giving

The three winners selected will receive a free entry to Japan Expo 19th Impact, valid for the day of their choice (Thursday, Friday or Sunday) which will be mailed at the end of the contest to the address mentioned on (or in) their artistic envelope, as well as a surprise gift to pick up at the Animation Desk upon presentation of your ID.


Two sessions will be organized from April 30 to June 14, 2018:

  • April 30 to May 23
  • May 24 to June 14

Please make sure you send it on time as there is bank holidays in May which will influence the French postal system. Mails sent after June 14th 2018 will not be considered as valid.

Gifts & prizes

The 3 winners of the two sessions will get a free access to Japan Expo 19th Impact, which will be available on a day of their choice (Thursday, Friday or Sunday) and be sent to the address indicated in their entry after the contest closing date. They will also receive a surprise gift that will be collectable at the Activities Desk, upon presentation of an ID.

Good Luck!


Session 1

  • 1st – Vincent H. (Saint Rémy-lès-Chevreuse - 78)
  • 2nd – Manon I. (Biot - 06)
  • 3rd – Samantha P.-C. (Lieusaint - 77)

Session 2

  • 1st – Ludivine A. (Sammeron - 77)
  • 2nd – Manon I. (Biot - 06)
  • 3rd – Alice L. (Palaiseau - 91)

This year, we celebrate the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan: click here to know more about this event!


Q. : I’m afraid my envelope will get damaged during its journey. I want to put it in another envelope, what do you think about it?                                                                                                   A. : The rules do not allow it. The envelope must be sent as it is. However you can include a message for the postman to handle it with care.

Q. : I have already bought a ticket for the festival. Can I give it to a friend if I win?                        A. : Yes of course, the tickets are not personalized.

Q. : Can we use computer devices for this contest?                                                                            A. : Yes, you can use all the techniques you want, as long as it is on an envelope and that it is sent by post.

Q. : Collage is allowed so I can make a drawing and glue it on the envelope, this is regarded as collage isn’t it?                                                                                                                                            A. : No, collage means there are decorative materials (glitters, fabric, pearls…)

Q. : Can I reproduce a drawing?                                                                                                             A. : Yes. It is the global originality of the envelope that will be rewarded

Q. : Can I make the envelope myself?                                                                                                    A. : Yes.

Q. : Does the envelope need to be made of paper or can I create a patchwork with different materials (as long as it has the form and rigidity of a paper envelope)?                                          A. : Be creative, the envelope can be handmade.

Q. : Do I also need to decorate the back of the envelope?                                                                A. : It is not an obligation but you can do it.

Q. : Will the back of the envelope be taken into account if I decorate it?                                           A. : We take into account the totality of your work but 90% of the judgment will be based on the front.

Q. : When will the results be submitted?                                                                                                A. : In general, one week after the end of the session the latest.

Q. : When do I get the free entry if I win?                                                                                              A. : After the end of the contest, we will mail you your invitation according to the address mentioned on (or in) your artistic envelope.

Q. : Can I take part in every single session?                                                                                          A. : Yes, you can take part in every session, but you must send a new envelope every time.

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