Japan Creative Centre

April 2015


The month of March started of sweetly for JCC has it hosted a "Japanese Candy Art (Amezaiku)" Workshop by Ms Minori Baba followed by a significant "Balance In Imperfection" Ceramic Art Exhibition by Temasek Potters led by Master Potter and Cultural Medallion Recipient Mr Iskandar Jalil following that an Artist Talk by Potters Mr Hibi Takashi and Ms Mami Kato was conducted as well. JCC had welcomed student visits from different Japanese Schools and Universities. Please do look forward to much more exciting exhibitions in the upcoming months here at JCC.


Message From Director Of JCC

Last week, all of us at JCC wholeheartedly joined Singaporeans in mourning of the loss of her founding Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. As a new comer to this country, I was told that Singapore is a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-linguistic society.
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JCC Events


Japanese Candy Art Sculpturing "Amezaiku" Demonstration By Ms Minori Baba

JCC presented a Lecture & Demonstration on Japanese Candy Art Sculpturing (Amezaiku) by Ms Minori Baba in conjunction with Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival or Girl's Festival) on 3rd March 2015. Ms Baba gave a live Demonstration on Candy Art Sculpturing which attracted the guests. Madam Takeuchi graced the event which made it very special .Click to Read More


"Balance In Imperfection" Ceramic Art Exhibition By Temasek Potters

JCC and Temasek Potters presented an exhibition entitled "Balance in Imperfection" consisting of works of Master Ceramist Mr Iskandar Jalil, and nine other disciple artists from the 19th March 2015 till 4th April 2015.

On 18th March,There was an opening ceremony at JCC. This event was graced by Guest of Honour Ms Jane Ittogi ,Chair of Singapore Art Museum & Istana Art Collection Advisory Committee. JCC Director Ms Misako Ito made her welcoming speech and Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister Tsutsumi also participated in this opening ceremony. Click to Read More


Artist Talk On Ceramics By Mr Hibi Takashi & Ms Mami Kato

.On 21st February, JCC hosted an Artist Talk by Mr Hibi Takashi, well-respected Glazing specialist and teacher at Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center & Ms Mami Kato,internationally acclaimed ceramic artist in conjunction with the “Balance In Imperfection Exhibition”. Mr Hibi Takashi spoke about the Beauty in Ceramics and Ms Mami Kato touched upon the topic of Past & Present of Ceramics in Tokoname city in Aichi Prefecture.This Artist Talk was graced by HE Ambassador Mr Takeuchi Haruhisa and Master Potter Mr Iskandar Jalil. Click to Read More




Visit to JCC by students from Tottori Keiai High School

On 5th March, Tottori Keiai High School teachers and students visited JCC as part of their overseas study trip. JCC’s Deputy Director Mr Kawabata made the opening remarks followed by a presentation about Singapore was made by JCC’s Project Team Head Ms Soeda. This visit was concluded by a Q & A session. It was an enriching experience for both the students and JCC.


SSEAYP International Singapore paid a courtesy call to Ambassador

On 6th March, executive committee members of SSEAYP International Singapore (SIS) paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Takeuchi. Activities of SIS and its cooperation towards the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations in 2016 (SJ50) were among the subjects discussed at the meeting. SSEAYP (The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program) is aimed at promoting friendship and mutual understanding among the youths of Japan and the ten Southeast Asian countries. Information regarding SSEAYP and SIS is available at this website .Click to Read More


Visit to JCC by students from Mito Daiichi High School

On 9th March, students and teachers from Mito Dai-Ichi High School, visited JCC and the Embassy of Japan in Singapore as part of their overseas study trip. Over at JCC, Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister Tsutsumi presented the welcome speech and JCC Deputy Director, Mr Kawabata briefed the students about the function and activities of JCC. The group then visited the Consular Section in the Embassy to learn about its role from Consular, Mr Noda, and finally presented their experience and impression of Singapore during the discussion with Minister Tsutsumi.


Visit to JCC by students from Hokkaido University

On 17th March, JCC hosted an introductory session for the 16 students and teacher from Hokkaido University. In this session, JCC’s Deputy Director Mr. Masanori Kawabata explained the activities and the role of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore and JCC, and the impact of JCC in Singapore thus far, with an engaging Question & Answer session.


Visit to JCC by students from Seitoku Elementary School

The students and teachers from Seitoku Elementary school visited the Embassy of Japan in Singapore as part of their overseas school trip, and they were greeted by Ambassador Takeuchi who explained about the role of the embassy and also happily answered some of the questions posed by the young visitors.


Visit to JCC by students from Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology

On 21st February, JCC hosted an introductory session for 5 students from Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology. In this session, JCC’s Deputy Director Mr. Masanori Kawabata and JCC’s Project Team Head Ms Soeda explained the activities and the role of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore and JCC, and the impact of JCC in Singapore thus far, with an engaging Question & Answer session.


JCC Related Events


Lecture By Bruce Osborn At SOTA

On 12th March, Mr. Bruch Osborn and his wife, Yoshiko, have a lecture at SOTA for students. He is a well known commercial photographer and filmmaker living in Japan. He showed his works, such as advertising photos, TVCM and CD covers. He also had a lecture about collaboration with different genre and a word “OYAKO”. OYAKO is a Japanese word which means a parent and child. It is a unique idea in Japan. In other countries, this idea is expressed by two or more words. After his lecture, many students asked questions such as a difference between commercial art and fine art. Click to Read More


Insights From The Inside - Vol. II

In Singapore: Insights from the Inside – Volume II, the SIF partners 50 individuals from around the world who have lived, visited, studied or worked in Singapore have shared their stories about what makes Singapore tick, Singaporean idiosyncrasies, the surprises they found, and their involvements and contributions to the local community. Three Japanese writers, Fumio Nanjo ( The Director of Mori Art Museum), Kyoko Hasegawa ( The ...Founder and Director of Little Creators) and HE Haruhisa Takeuchi ( Ambassador of Japan to Singapore) have contributed their stories in this book. To further read the whole book in PDF format, Click to Read More


Lecture By JCC Director Ms Misako Ito At Temasek Polytechnic

On 20th March , Ms Misako Ito, Director of JCC presented a lecture entitled “Can Japanese be a Global Citizen?” at Temasek Polytechnic. She explained about the various dimensions of traditional, modern and urban Japan..Click to Read More


Porcelain Slab Workshop By Ms Mami Kato At Temasek Polytechnic

On 20th March, A Porcelain Slab workshop was conducted by Ms Mami Kato an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist together with eight participants. Ms Kato demonstrated the techniques used in porcelain art. One of the workshop participants Ms Aida gave her reflections on the workshop as follows:Click to Read More



1) Condolence Message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to H.E. Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore on March 23, 2015

I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Singapore Founding Father as well as your own father, His Excellency Mr Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.  On behalf of the Government and people of Japan, and on my behalf, I would like to offer our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to you and your own family and to the Government and people of the Republic of Singapore.

His Excellency Mr Lee Kuan Yew is one of the greatest leaders of modern times that Asia has ever produced.  With his incomparable leadership and unparalleled insights, His Excellency Mr Lee Kuan Yew played, for more than half a century and throughout his life, a key role not only in achieving Singapore’s remarkable economic growth and prosperity but also in securing peace and stability of the Asia Pacific region and the world.  He was highly revered all over the world. Click To Read More:

2) Fourth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

On March 11 2015, Memorial Ceremony Marking the Fourth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake was held in Tokyo. Prime Minister Mr. Sinzo Abe made the speech. Click To Read More: . In the homepage of the Reconstruction Agency of Japan, 3.11 Progress Report concerning current status of reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake was open to the public.
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3) Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be Held in Sendai City

The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) is a UN-hosted conference to discuss international strategy on disaster risk reduction. From March 14 to 18 2015, Japan hosted the third conference in Sendai City. In the conference, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the speech at the High Level Segment of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Click To Read More: Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made the speech at the Ministerial Roundtable on “International Cooperation in Support of a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction”. Click To Read More:
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4) Singapore Red Cross Delivers Final Rebuilding Project of Japan’s 2011 Tsunami:

S$11.1m Multi-Purpose Community Hall in Rikuzentakata to serve 20,000 people Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.
The Singapore Red Cross (SRC), together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore and local Rikuzentakata City officials formally opened the Multi-Purpose Community Hall in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture on 16th March 2015. The ceremony was officiated by Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmugam, and Mayor of Rikuzentakata, Mr Futoshi Toba. Also present at the ceremony was HE Haruhisa Takeuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, HE Chin Siat Yoon, Ambassador of Singapore to Japan, and Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General & CEO of the SRC.

The community hall is one of the four major rebuilding projects undertaken with donations from the people of Singapore following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. It is also the final rebuilding project SRC has delivered to the community, four years after the Tsunami struck Japan. Click To Read More


Japanese Cultural Fact For March


Kambutsu-e (The Buddha's Birthday Festival)

April 8 is the Buddha's birthday and is celebrated at Buddhist temples in Japan as the Kambutsu-e nativity festival - more popularly known as the Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival).On this day, a small hall called the hanamido (flower hall) is set up on the grounds of every Buddhist temple and bedecked with colorful flowers. A basin of water with a statue of the Buddha at birth is placed in the middle, and people who visit the temples pour sweet tea (amacha, or hydrangea tea) on the head of the statue. Click to Read More


Science & Technology Information In Japan


‘Research in JAPAN’ Campaign

"Research in Japan“ campaign was launched to introduce the attractiveness of science life in Japan in 2014. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)  strongly hope that more and more researchers could know research environment in Japan and do research in Japan. Click to Read More


JREC-IN (Japan REsearch Career Information Network

"JREC-IN" in JST aims at providing informational support to expand the researchers' career path by collecting and providing information on job openings and job-seeking members. JREC-IN provides free information, collected and accessible through a database via the Internet. Click to Read More


JAXA’s Satellites: Studying Life on Earth from the Sky

Every hour of every day, JAXA’s Earth observation satellites are watching over us, monitoring the natural phenomena that take place on Planet Earth. These satellites include the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2), known as DAICHI-2, and the Global Change Observation Mission – Water (GCOM-W), known as SHIZUKU. Their observation data has been used in disaster prevention, meteorology, industry, education, art, and other fields, and their role in our everyday life keeps growing. We interviewed people who are using the data from these satellites to benefit humanity. Click to Read More


The e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)

Through the acceleration of science and technology research exchange and collaboration in the East Asian region, the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) aims to strengthen research and development capabilities towards resolution of shared challenges across the region, including those associated with environmental protection, natural disaster mitigation nd prevention of infectious diseases. As part of that objective, the e-ASIA JRP is intended to support collaborative research implemented among 3 or more of its member countries. Through the implementation of joint research among participating countries in agreed fields of research, it is the goal of the e-ASIA JRP to contribute to economic and human resource development, as well as the resolution of various challenges in the East Asian region.
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 Mutual Cooperation Agreement between Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Two independent administrative agencies, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agencies (JST), concluded a mutual cooperation agreement on February 19, 2015, for generating unique research and development, accelerating practical development, and delivering results to Japanese citizens in an effective way to ultimately achieve more creation of scientific and technological innovation through smoother and more efficient mutual collaboration and cooperation including sharing R&D resources and information exchange . Click to Read More



 Call for applications for the position of Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) for FY 2016 in RIKEN

The Foreign Postdoctoral Researcher (FPR) program launched in 2007 in RIKEN has provided talented young foreign scientists with the same kind of opportunities as the Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) program which was primarily targeted at young Japanese scientists. Starting from FY 2016, the two programs will be merged into a new SPDR program. Qualified candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply. Click to Read More

18.04.2015 JCC Cinema 31: The Voices Of A Distant Star
12.07.2015 Japanese Speech Contest 2015

"Growing Singapore Site Paintings" Exhibition By Rie Fu

29.04.2015 Yanagi Sori Exhibition At NAFA
20.09.2015 "HIBIKI" Concert At Japanese Association


21.01.2015-26.04.2015 Legendary works by Daido Moriyama at MAD Museum of Art & Design
10.03.2015-22.03.2015 Singapore Design Week (SDW) 2015
10.03.2015-31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design exhibition @ National Design Centre

Architecture Works By Akihisa Hirata At National Design Centre

17.05.2015 Charity Tea Gathering – Culture of Tea –
Open Call for the Research Residency Program 2015
Application for the 55th & 56th IATSS Forum Program in 2016
50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations(SJ50)
Call for applications for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2016
KOBE Biennale Call for Applications for International Competitions