Japan Creative Centre

March 2015


In February, JCC dedicated the month to exquisite display of tapestries like ‘Yamagata Dantsu Carpets"and hosted a lecture on " Japanese Gardens" by Mr Stephen Bloom. Following a Welcome Back reception for our JET Programme Returnees and finally the month of February was concluded with a special weekend exhibition entitled " Smart Dwelling Beyond Smart House". JCC looks forward to bringing you more exciting exhibitions in the upcoming months.


Message From Director Of JCC

It is true indeed that the weather gets hotter in Singapore after the Chinese New Year holidays! It was my first time to experience the joy of CNY with my Singaporean friends.Click to Read More


JCC Events


"Yamagata Dantsu" Carpet Display At JCC

From the 10th February 2015 to the 10th March 2015, "Yamagata Dantsu" Carpets, which is Yamagata’s high quality carpets, have been displayed in JCC in the cooperation with Yamagata Prefecture. These exhibits have been made by the same exclusive manufacturer of carpets for The Imperial Palace, Fukiage Omiya Palace, State Guest House, Vatican Palaces and Kabukiza Theatre. If you're interested in " Yamagata Dantsu" Carpets, please do visit JCC by the 10th March 2015.Click to Read More


Lecture on Japanese Gardens By Mr Stephen Bloom

On the 6th of February 2015, JCC hosted a Lecture on Japanese Gardens by Mr Stephen Bloom, the CEO of Portland Japanese Garden. This Lecture had an overwhelming response from the audience as they were totally amazed by the beauty of the Portland Japanese Garden and how it has been maintained so well.

Mr Stephen Bloom showcased the different perspectives of the Portland Japanese Garden. This Lecture had been organised together with Tuttle Publishing with a display of books on Japanese Zen gardens. JCC would like to thank everyone who had contributed in making this event a success. Click to Read More

Welcome-Back Reception for JET Programme Returnees 2015

On 9th February, the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Singapore hosted a reception for new returnees of the JET Programme at Japan Creative Centre. Members of JET Alumni Association (JETAA), Japanese Association, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) and Japanese Cultural Society (JCS) in Singapore attended the reception as well. Click to Read More


"Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra" 2015 (AYJO 2015)

On 14th and 15th February, the Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra (AYJO) auditions were held in Singapore at the Lasalle College School of the Arts. Organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, the purpose of this event is to give an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for upcoming musicians from Asia to participate in a full-fledged jazz orchestra on a tour throughout Southeast Asia and Japan. Click to Read More


Smart Dwelling Beyond Smart House Exhibition

On the 27th of February 2015, JCC hosted “The Smart Dwelling Beyond Smart House Exhibition which was co organized by Keio-NUS CUTE Center. This exhibition was held from the 27th February to 1st March 2015. This special weekend program attracted a huge crowd including members of the public and school students. Singapore Furniture Industries Council President Mr Ernie Koh graced this exhibition with his family. Click to Read More




JCC Visit by NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

On 18th February, Japan Creative Centre hosted a study session for Japan study trip participants from the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). The session was to give the participants an insight of Japan’s public policies before their trip commences. His Excellency Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi was also present to send his best wishes to the participants.. Click to Read More



JCC Related Events


Homestay in Obihiro City Of Hokkaido

On 7th February 2015, 3 junior college students gave their presentations on their homestay experiences in Obihiro, Hokkaido held at the Japanese Association of Singapore (JAS). The winners related their exciting experiences which included experiencing snow, enjoying Hokkaido’s various foods and cultural exchanges with high school students. The homestay is sponsored by City Of Obihiro and Tokachi Singapore Friendship Society as part of the prize as winners of the 2014 Japanese Speech Contest (Junior College category) organized by the Embassy of Japan in Singapore,JCS, JAS, JCCI and JUGAS.



Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) is a UN-hosted conference to discuss international strategy on disaster risk reduction. Japan will host the third conference  from March 14 (Sat) to 18 (Wed), 2015 in Sendai, following the first conference in Yokohama in 1994 and second conference in Kobe in 2005.

Japan, as the host country of the conference as well as an advanced country in disaster risk reduction, has been actively leading discussions toward the formulation of the new international framework for disaster risk reduction (post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction) to be adopted at this conference and preparing for the convening of the conference in cooperation with the UN and the host city (Sendai City), among others. For more details: Click Here.

Japan’s Expectation
(1) To promote mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction[Note] in international cooperation as well as domestic policies of the member states.
(2) To disseminate and share worldwide Japan’s knowledge about and expertise in disaster risk reduction and recovery acquired through the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and other natural disasters.

Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction:
(1) to prioritize disaster risk reduction in the policies of each national government,
(2) to introduce the perspective of disaster risk reduction in every development policy, and
(3) to enhance investment in disaster risk reduction.


Japanese Cultural Fact For March


Vernal Equinox Day and Higan

20th or 21st March is Shunbun no Hi, or Vernal Equinox Day, a day when the sun crosses the equator making night and day equal in length. It's a national holiday in Japan, a day to commune with nature and to show our affection for all living things. Click to Read More


Science & Technology Information In Japan



The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) is a place where we can understand the things happening in our world today from a scientific point of view, and have discussions while considering the future that awaits us. In addition to permanent displays and exhibitions that provide people with a chance to enjoy hands-on contact with science and technology, Miraikan's colorful line-up of offerings includes experienced based classes, and talks. While exchanging opinions and ideas with Science Communicators, visitors can experience the technological progress of today, from simple day-to-day questions, to the latest technologies, the global environment, and space exploration.

Exhibition Guide :

Access: 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 135-0064 / Tel: +81-3-3570-9188(main)

"Shake! Art Exhibition! and Learn and Play! teamLab Future Park"

An "ultra-technologist" group, teamLab, operates a unique, creative business in areas centered on digital art. This is the world's first event which collects and shows teamLab's high-profile works (14 planned to be shown) from their artistic works and kids-oriented works in one place.

Term: 29th November (Sat.), 2014 -10th May (Sun.), 2015


RIKEN Channel: Conquering the unexplored summit- RIKEN Program for Drug Discovery and Medical Technology Platforms- ( December 2014 )

New drug development is like conquering an unconquered mountain. After the causes of diseases and promising compounds are identified, candidate agents must cross a number of “valleys of death,” before one becomes a drug that can save patients. No compound can become a drug without overcoming these valleys. To pave the way for drug development, RIKEN established a system that links basic science to clinical drug development. The core of this system is the Program for Drug Discovery and Medical Technology Platforms (DMP). How does DMP function?. Click to View


Sentinel Asia

Sentinel Asia aims to promote international cooperation to monitor natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. It uses earth observation satellites and other space technologies to collect disaster-related information, and shares it over the internet. The aim is to mitigate and prevent damage caused by natural disasters such as typhoons, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions and wildfires. Sentinel Asia, first advocated in 2005, now counts 15 international organizations and 81 participating organizations from 25 countries as members, and utilization of its systems is steadily expanding. (Jan, 2015)

Sentinel Asia receives images from JAXA's Land Observing Satellite Daichi, and helps assess damages caused by natural disasters. Click to Read More

  Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" Re-Injection to Venus Orbit and Observation Plan

JAXA decided to inject the AKATSUKI into the Venus orbit on December 7 (Mon.), 2015.
After being injected into the orbit, the AKATSUKI will observe the atmosphere of Venus, which is often referred to as a twin sister of the Earth, through remote sensing. Its observations are expected to develop "Planetary Meteorology" further by elucidating the atmospheric circulation mechanism and studying the comparison with the Earth. Click to Read More


Interview: Hitoshi Kuninaka, Project Manager, Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 "A Path Toward Space Exploration"

In June 2010, asteroid explorer Hayabusa completed a seven-year journey of about 6 billion kilometers, returning to Earth with dust particles from an asteroid. Its successor, Hayabusa2, was launched on an H-IIA Launch Vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center on December 3, 2014. Hayabusa2 will make its own journey to asteroid 1999 JU3, carrying our hopes into outer space. Just before launch, JAXA asked Project Manager Hitoshi Kuninaka to talk about the mission.
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29.01.2015- Mid March 2015 Japanese High Speed Rail (Shinkansen) Panel Display at JCC
10.02.2015- 10.03.2015 "Yamagata Dantsu" Carpet Display at JCC
18.03.2015-04.04.2015 "Balance In Imperfection" By Temasek Potters


17.01.2015-08.03.2015 Day Falls / Night Falls By Hiroshi Senju At Sundaram Tagore Gallery
21.01.2015-26.04.2015 Legendary works by Daido Moriyama at MAD Museum of Art & Design
26.02.2015-01.03.2015 JB Jazz Fest 2015 By World Class Saxophonist Sadao Watanabe
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
Open Call for the International Creator Residency Program 2015
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
Japan Foundation Program Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2015

KOBE Biennale Call for Applications for International Competitions