Japan Creative Centre

August 2015


Various events associated to travel were held in the month of July. First up was the exhibition related to the UNESCO World Heritage in Japan, where photographs by Mr Kazuyoshi Miyoshi were displayed. Coincidently soon after, Singapore was inscribed her first UNESCO World Heritage for the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Japan had been inscribed another World Heritage for the Tomioka Silk Mill. An amazing time for us, we even had the Ishikawa Prefectural Government Office in Singapore co-organzing a ‘Traditional Crafts & Sake of Ishikawa ~The Origin of Harmony~’. The event created an opportunity for local F&B industry related persons to experience the localities of Ishikawa prefecture .


Message From Director Of JCC

Happy Birthday Singapore for your Golden Jubilee celebration!

I recently visited Padang where the National Day Parade will be held during this Jubilee Weekend and was deeply impressed how meticulously Singaporeans have been preparing for this. I sensed the profound national identity and pride during all the preparation, including the repeated exercises of the “Five Stars” and "50" Tribute Aerial Flypast, as well as the display of the national flag at every corners of HDBs all over the island. Click to Read More

JCC Events


Japanese Film Festival 2015

The annual Japanese Film Festival was held from 9 July to 8th August this year at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS). Organised in collaboration with the Japan Creative Center Embassy of Japan in Singapore, Japan Foundation, Singapore Film Society, National Museum of Singapore and Luna Films, the festival will run till 8 August with a total of 38 screenings. Being the 22nd edition of the festival in Singapore, the selection of films has hinged on one criterion through the years, which is these films move audiences as they have moved its programmer. Click to Read More


Guests at the Ishikawa Event

Traditional Crafts & Sake of Ishikawa:
~The Origin of Harmony~

From 13th July to 22nd July 2015 a ‘Traditional Crafts & Sake of Ishikawa ~The Origin of Harmony~’ was held at the JCC, with the support of the Ishikawa Prefectural Government in Singapore in cooperation with Tohachiya. The exhibition featured local Sakes and handcrafted traditional Wajima lacquerware by Tohachiya. Click to Read More



Japanese Speech Contest 2015


Japanese Speech Contest 2015

The Japanese Speech Contest were held on the 12nd of July at the Japanese Association, Singapore. The contest was organized by Embassy of Japan in Singapore, The Japanese Cultural Society, Singapore, The Japanese Association Singapore, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore and The Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore.
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Global Community Day @ Temasek Polytechnic


Global Community Day @ Temasek Polytechnic

Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore participated in the Annual Global Community Day 2015 held at Temasek Polytechnic (TP) on Thursday, 23 July 2015. The event, which has been on-going for 15 years, is part of TP’s internationalisation thrust to promote global awareness that seeks to build new bridges of global connections and enhance cross-cultural knowledge and understanding in a fun, enjoyable yet meaningful way. Click to Read More



Scene from Chibi Maruko Chan


JCC Cinema: Chibi Maruko Chan @ Tampines West CC

A first ever for JCC, a community reach-out programme was organized together with Tampines West Community Club (TWCC) on Saturday, 25th July. Chibi Maruko Chan – a Japanese children’s classic was screened at TWCC and was well received by the audience of over 200 people. Click to Read More



JCC Cinema @ National Musuem


JCC Cinema: WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~ @ National Musuem of Singapore

JCC Cinema 35: WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~ was held on Sunday, 26 July 2015 at the National Museum of Singapore with whelming response. This off premise screening was in conjunction with the Japanese Film Festival Singapore 2015, which runs from 9 July to 8 August. This is also the first time the film is screened in Singapore.
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JCC Related Events

Ambassador-at-Large Ong Keng Yong


JUGAS Public Lecture by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong

.As one of celebration events of   45th anniversary of JUGAS (Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore), Public Lecture “Strengthening the ASEAN-Japan Partnership in Building the ASEAN Community”  by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Former Secretary General of ASEAN Secretariat, was held on 23 July, 2015 at Singapore Polytechnic Auditorium, co-organized by Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan in Singapore.Click to Read More


Japanese Cultural Fact For August


Credits: Kids Web Japan

Awa Odori

There is a unique type of dancing that's performed in the area around Tokushima City on the island of Shikoku in Japan. It's called Awa odori (dance), and people gather from across the nation from August 12 to 15 both to dance and watch. Awa is the old name for Tokushima Prefecture. Click to Read More


Science & Technology Information In Japan


Credits: JAXA

Astronaut Yui lifts off for space! Soyuz launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome

Soyuz launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome The Soyuz Spacecraft (43S/TMA-17M) with Astronaut Kimiya Yui onboard lifted off  at 6:02 a.m. on July 23 (Thu., Japan Standard Time) from  Baikonur Cosmodrome (Republic of Kazakhstan.) The Soyuz was  docked with the International Space Station (ISS) at 11:45 a.m.(JST.)

Astronaut Kimiya Yui has begun his long-duration stay as the 44th and 45th expedition crew member. During his stay on the ISS, he will take part in many experiments and research, such as life science,  physical science, and space medicine. He is also assigned as the flight engineer, and will play an important role in operating the ISS, such as manipulating the robotic arm. He will remain onboard the ISS  for about five months until returning to the ground in December 2015. Click to Read More.

Press Release: Click to Read More.




Beyond the Sky and into Space JAXA 2014-2015

JAXA achieved various meaningful results that contribute to society through aerospace research, development and application in JFY 2014, including the beginning of the development of the New Generation Launch Vehicle in April 2014, Astronaut Wakata’s active role as the first Japanese ISS commander between March and May 2014, the regular provision of “DAICHI2” observation data from November 2014, the successful “Hayabusa2” launch in December and a successful full-scale manned flight by an electric aircraft.

In this video, we introduce JAXA’s activities between April 2014 and March 2015 by dividing them into five fields namely Space Utilization with Satellites, Research on Space Science, Human Space Activity/Utilization of the Space Environment, Development of Transport Systems Linking Ground and Space, and, Research on Aeronautical Technology.
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Naming Proposal Campaign: Become a godparent of asteroid "1999 JU3", destination of Hayabusa2!

JAXA is holding a naming proposal campaign to christen the asteroid “1999 JU3",which the Hayabusa2 is scheduled to visit in June or July 2018. Why don’t you try to become a godparent of the asteroid? The application period is from 1:30 p.m. on July 22 thru 10:00 a.m. on August 31 (Japan Standard Time.)

For more details and application form: Click Here to Read More.

Press Release:Click Here to Read More.



RIKEN Research (SUMMER 2015)

“RIKEN Research” is a quarterly research magazine and website. The core component of RIKEN Research are short, easy-to-understand Research Highlight articles explaining for a broad scientific audience some of the latest research articles published by RIKEN researchers. To download the PDF of the printed version: Click to Read More





RIKEN-A*STAR 10 Year's Anniversary

On 3rd August 2015, RIKEN held a joint symposium with The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), to commemorate 10 years’ anniversary of science and technology partnership between RIKEN and A*STAR. Click this Link. RIKEN is Japan's largest research institute for basic and applied research. A*STAR is Singapore's lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology.

In this opening ceremony His Excellency Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi made the speech and celebrated the 10th Anniversary between RIKEN and A*STAR. Concerning the Press release of “A*STAR AND RIKEN CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF RESEARCH COLLABORATION”. Click this Link.


Credits: JST


SAKURA Exchange Program in Science by JST

Asia is undergoing a period of dramatic progress. Promoting science and technology is a key engine to materialize a bright future of Asia and it is vitally important to enhance the exchange of Japanese and Asian youths who will play a crucial role in the field of science and technology.

 Based on this concept, “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science” (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) is the program for enhancing exchanges between Asia and Japan of the youths who will play a crucial role in the future field of science and technology through the close collaboration of industry-academia-government by facilitating short-term visits of competent Asian youths to Japan. This program aims at raising the interest of Asian youths toward the leading Japanese science and technologies at Japanese universities, research institutions and private companies.

The following 15 countries and regions are expected to be eligible for invitation for the SAKURA Exchange Program in Science for the year of 2015. They are: Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Republic of India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Singapore, Taiwan, Kingdom of Thailand, and Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (alphabetical order).

Eligible youths are students of senior high school, university or graduate school, post-doctors or teachers, etc. under 40 years of age (*) who have never stayed in Japan, as a basic principle. However, in cases where the plan seems feasible, junior high school students can be included with the senior high school students. *Under 40 years old at the time of application. Click to Read More


Credits: JAMSTEC


Earth Simulator

In 2002, Earth Simulator(Original) was introduced into a purpose of solving global scale environmental phenomena and predicting future environment, and accurately numerical simulation in hard analysis, and significantly contributed to the development of numerical simulation in the area of earth science and related technical fields.

In March 2015, Earth Simulator was replaced to new system as the third generation.

The system enables the highest performance and conducts more elaborate calculations and larger scale simulations. The system is also expected to contribute to solving mechanisms of global environmental problems, crustal changes, and seismogenic process, and predicting the damage caused by the tsunami.Click to Read More


Credits:National Institute of Polar Research (Photo: Iuko TSUWA, JARE51)


To explore systems and dynamics of the earth and space

Japan commenced its scientific activities in Antarctica in 1956, which was marked by the voyage of “Soya” with the 1st Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) on board. This project was a part of the International Geophysical Year (IGY), and Japanese Syowa Station was established on Ongul Island in Antarctica in 1957.

Since then, Japan has performed various observations at Syowa Station and the surrounding areas, and resulted in outstanding scientific outcome such as findings of ozone hole and Antarctic meteorites, recovery of climate change in the past through analyses of ice core, understanding of aurora generation mechanism, unexpected finding of puzzling ecosystems in Antarctic lakes, and findings of evidence of Gondwana, etc.

Since 2010, the six-year project “Japanese Antarctic Research Project phase eighth” has started, in which programs trying to reveal mechanism of global warming through observation on CO2 and other greenhouse effect gasses, thermal structure of Antarctic atmosphere, and inland glacial movement, etc., are conducted. Click to Read More

09.07.2015-08.08.2015 Japanese Film Festival 2015 @ National Museum of Singapore: Official Website /JCC JFF 2015 Website
12.08.2015-14.08.2015 Traditional Japanese Street Dance Performance By Chindonya
22.08.2015 JCC Cinema 36: My Father is the Grand Master [G] with Sharing Session & Tea Serving
27.08.2015-12.09.2015 Iskandar Jalil Solo Exhibition: In Pursuit of the Ethical Pot
10.08.2015 Shinosuke Rakugo in Singapore 2015 @ Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
20.09.2015 "HIBIKI" Concert @ Japanese Association


10.03.2015-31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design exhibition @ National Design Centre
05.08.2015 - 19.09.2015 Naoko TOSA RIMPA: The Places You Will Never Visit
18.08.2015 - 23.08.2015 Takizawa Kabuki @ Marina Bay Sands
20.08.2015 Ryoji Ikeda Live Audiovisual Performance @ ArtScience Museum
30.10.2015-01.11.2015 Kafka on the Shore: Co-Produced by the Japan Foundation
10.03.2015-31.12.2017 Fifty Years of Singapore Design exhibition @ National Design Centre
Japanese Restaurants in Singapore / シンガポールにおける日本食レストラン数
The 6th Sendai International Music Competition is now open for application
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