Japan Creative Centre

September 2015


Numerous events consumed the month of August. From a Yukata workshop, local wine and fruits introduction by Yamanashi Prefectural Government Representative Office in Singapore with a visit from Governor Goto to a performing arts collaboration with Singapore International Festival of Arts and Tea Ceremony by Enshu Sado School. This August brings you nothing, but impactful events packed with passion and zest!


Message From Director Of JCC

We hosted many wonderful events in the past month of August. Not only have we held events at our own JCC, but also at other new venues such as the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station - one of Singapore's historical landmark. The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) was held at the old railway station (as you can read from the articles below). Click to Read More

JCC Events


Yukata Workshop by JETAA

A Yukata workshop 2015 was conducted at JCC on 1 August, in collaboration with Jetaa Singapore (The JET Programme Alumni Association) headed by its Vice-President Ms Nathalie Ng. Ms Nathalie started by explaining about the history of Yukata, the difference between Yukata and Kimono, and how to wear Yukata to the participants. Click to Read More


Pastries made from Peach at Yamanashi event

~ Savour the finest tastes of Yamanashi,Japan ~

YamanaSHIOK!, an exclusive event that features the wines and fruits of Yamanashi prefecture was held at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on 5 August 2015. In collaboration with Yamanashi Prefectural Government, this is JCC’s third partnership with the local government as part of our effort to introduce the cultures and cuisines of various prefectures in Japan to Singapore.Click to Read More



Chindonya Performers with Minister Lawerence Wong


Chindonya Performances at SIFA

.In support of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), we had the opportunity to invite Chindonya Tsushinsha from Osaka– a walking Japanese street performance group who musically advertised SIFA’s Dance Marathon: Open with a Punk Spirit! ‘Chindonya’ are a combination of three terms, ‘chin’ – representing the sound of symbols of the Chindon drum (a drum specially crafted and played by the group) Click to Read More



Group shot at Kranji Secondary School


Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration
@ Kranji Secondary School

.A Japanese tea ceremony demonstration by Mr Sojitsu Kobori, the 13th Grand Master of the Enshu Sado School, in collaboration with JCC and NUS Sado Club, was conducted at Kranji Secondary School on 20 August 2015. As part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of Enshu Sado School at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Kranji Secondary School was honored to be the chosen. Click to Read More



Amb Takeuchi Haruhisa presenting the Commendation Award to Grandmaster


The Japanese Ambassador's Commendation Award
on Fuden-An So-Jitsu Kobori, the 13th Grand Master of
the Enshu School of Tea

The 25th Anniversary commemoration of Enshu Sado School at NUS was held on 21 August 2015 at the University Town of National University of Singapore. His Excellency Haruhisa Takeuchi graced the event and conferred the Ambassador’s Commendation on Fuden-An So-Jitsu Kobori, the 13th Grand Master of Enshu Sado School.
Click to Read More



During the Tea Ceremony


JCC Cinema 36: My Father is the Grandmaster
with Sharing Session & Tea Serving

JCC Cinema 36 screening of My Father is the Grand Master with Sharing Session & Tea Serving was held at JCC on 22 August 2015, as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of Enshu Sado School at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Mr Naohiro Tsutsumi, Deputy Chief of Mission and Mrs Tsutsumi attended the screening as well.
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Amb Takeuchi Haruhisa giving his speech during SIFA


Dance Marathon at SIFA

The Punk Spirit will always live on with SIFA's artists showcasing their supreme performances on Tuesday, 25th August at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. The night were graced by Ambassador Takeuchi Haruhisa and Madam; featuring Real Reality by Mikuni Yanaihara, Emi Oyama and Jun Morii as well as Lay/ered by Yukio Suzuki and Fuyuki Yamakawa.

More performances such as Daikoushin (A Grand March) by Zan Yamashita and Some Experiments in a Decade and a Half by Natsuko Tezuko were highlighted as a ‘not to be missed’ due to their unique messages to the audience.
Click to Read More On Yukio Suzuki

Click to Read More On Zan Yamashita

Visits to JCC


Group Shot with Kochi Pref Officers


Visit to JCC by Mr Akira Endo, Chief Director of Kochi Singapore Office

On 28th August, Mr Akira Endo, the newly appointed Chief Director of Kochi Prefectural Government, Singapore Representative Office visited Japan Creative Centre (JCC).
Mr Norisato Fukushima, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore and Deputy Director of JCC Mr Masanori Kawabata welcomed and introduced the purpose and facilities of JCC.

Upcoming JCC Events



Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra 2015

The Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra (AYJO) is a multinational jazz orchestra that comprises 28 motivated young musicians from Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia through auditions held in Japan and the respective Southeast Asian countries.They have just completed their intensive rehearsal in Japan for about ten days.From mid-September they will commence a performance tour around Southeast Asia.
A concert in Singapore will be held at the Victoria Concert Hall on Sep 30th.

Please see the following links for more details.
Official Website
Official Facebook

Japanese Cultural Fact For September


Credits: Kids Web Japan

Autumnal Equinox Day

September 23 or 24 is Autumnal Equinox Day, a national holiday. It's a day not just to mark the changing of seasons but also to pay our respects to our deceased parents, grandparents, and other family members.The months of September, October, November are usually considered the autumn months, but technically speaking, fall is the period between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice.Click to Read More

Science & Technology Information In Japan




KOUNOTORI5 berthed at International Space Station (ISS)!

The KOUNOTORI5, a regular cargo transporter to space, was launched by the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.5 (H-IIB F5) at 8:50:49 p.m. on August 19 (Wed.) 2015 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 14 minutes and 54 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the KOUNOTORI5 was confirmed.

The KOUNOTORI5, a regular cargo transporter to space, was captured by the ISS robotic arm at 7:29 p.m. on August 24 (Japan Standard Time) and berthed at the ISS at 2:28 a.m. on August 25 (JST). ISS astronauts will take cargo out from the Pressurized and Unpressurized Logistic Carriers into the ISS.

What is "KOUNOTORI" The International Space Station (ISS) represents a global partnership of fifteen nations. The ISS is a versatile research institute and a large observation platform in the unique environment of outer space. In this international project, Japan participates with its first manned space facility,Japanese Experiment Module "KIBO". "KIBO" means "hope" in Japanese.

Since 2009, six astronauts are always living in the ISS. For their prolonged stay there, it is imperative to ship food, clothes, and various experiment devices. To date, cargo transport has been carried out by the American Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz and Progress.

Lately, the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) of the ESA (European Space Agency) was launched, and a Japanese transporter, the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI" (HTV),is also going to start playing a transportation role
. Click to Read More.




DAICHI-2 Emergency Observations of Sakurajima Volcano

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been observing the volcanic activity of Sakurajima, Japan using the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 “DAICHI-2” (ALOS-2) following a request from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)'s Coordinating Committee for Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions. JAXA was asked to perform an emergency observation as there had been a warning of an eruption since August 16, 2015.

The acquired data are being immediately provided to the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) and other related disaster preparation organizations, and being analyzed for crustal deformation. For details of the analysis results by GSI and JAXA, please refer to the following websites respectively. JAXA continues observations by the DAICHI-2 to contribute to disaster preparation organizations monitoring Sakurajima.

(Data) SAR interferometric analysis image of Sakurajima, Japan acquired by DAICHI-2 (analyzed by JAXA) : The image shows the comparison result of the data acquired on January 4 and August 16, 2015. The deformation of up to about 16 cm closer toward the satellite was observed at the area on the east side of the Minamidake Summit of Sakurajima (indicated by the white square).



Tanegashima Space Center

The Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), established in 1969, is the largest rocket-launch complex in Japan with a total area of about 9,700,000 square meters. Located in the south of Kagoshima Prefecture, along the southeast coast of Tanegashima, it is known as the most beautiful rocket-launch complex in the world.

On-site facilities include the Yoshinobu Launch Complex, a launch site for large-size rockets, Spacecraft Test and Assembly Buildings, and the Spacecraft and Fairing Assembly Building. Using those facilities, a series of operations are performed from assembling launch vehicles, maintenance, inspections, final checks of satellites, loading satellites onto launch vehicles, launches, and tracking launch vehicles after liftoff.

The TNSC plays a pivotal role for satellite launches among Japan’s space development activities. Click to Read More






RIKEN Brain Science Institute - Summer Program

The RIKEN Brain Science Institute "Summer Program Click this Link is designed to encourage and further the education of young neuroscientists and emerging researchers as they enter the international neuroscience community.

It offers the choice of a two-month internship within a BSI laboratory, or an intensive two-week lecture course featuring distinguished international faculty. It is a rare and stimulating opportunity for young people from around the world to get together in Japan to advance their scientific knowledge. Click this Video.

Summer Course 2015 was completed succesfully and Riken will start the application of Summer Course 2016 in the beginning of 2016.


Credits: JST


ROBEAR: The strong robot with the gentle touch

Scientists from RIKEN and Sumitomo Riko Company Limited have developed a new experimental nursing care robot, ROBEAR, which is capable of performing tasks such as lifting a patient from a bed into a wheelchair or providing assistance to a patient who is able to stand up but requires help to do so. ROBEAR will provide impetus for research on the creation of robots that can supplement Japan’s need for new approaches to care-giving. This video shows the robot in action. Click to Read More


Credits: RIKEN


Exploring the Origin of the Elements - RIKEN RI Beam factory

The RIKEN RI Beam factory, the world's leading accelerator facility is taken up this time. RIBF can accelerate all the elements from hydrogen to uranium up to 70% of the speed of light, and generate about 4000 types of unstable atomic nuclei (RI) as a beam of the world's most powerful ion beam. Research which investigates a nuclear structure and reaction, exploring the origin of the elements, and large-scale experiment facility are introduced by a dynamic images and graphics.Click this Video




Scientific Deep Sea Drilling and Coring Technology

The video shows scientific ocean drilling and coring technology.Click this Video.Scientific Deep Sea Drilling Vessel CHIKYU is the state-of-the-art research vessel exploring the deep earth by sampling, measuring and monitoring operated by JAMSTEC. The Earth deep below the seafloor contains a unique record of our planet's evolution and structure. Scientists study the sub-seafloor to better understand Earth's components, history, and phenomena. This research helps us answer questions about fundamental aspects of our planet such as the environment, the biosphere, solid earth cycles, and geodynamics.

00:00 The process of deep sea drilling
04:04 Rotary drilling
05:23 Riser drilling system
07:30 Coring procedure
10:38 Core sample processing

More about the research vessel CHIKYU: Click to Read More


Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA)

FNCA is a Japan-led cooperation framework for peaceful use of nuclear technology in Asia. The cooperation consists of FNCA meetings and the project activities with the participation of Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

FNCA Brochure
FNCA News Letter (March 2015)

Under FNCA, view and information exchanges are made on the following fields:

1 Radiation Utilization Development

Mutation Breeding Project
Biofertilizer Project
Electron Accelerator Application Project

2 Research Reactor Utilization Development

Radiation Oncology Project

3 Nuclear Safety Strengthening

Research Reactor Network Project
Neutron Activation Analysis Project
Safety Management Systems for Nuclear Facilities Project
Radiation Safety and Radioactive Waste Management Project

4 Nuclear Infrastructure Strengthening

Human Resources Development Project
Nuclear Security and Safeguards Project

30.09.2015 Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra 2015: Official Website/ Official Facebook
27.08.2015-12.09.2015 ISKANDAR JALIL ~In Pursuit Of The Ethical Pot~ Exhibition & Artist Talk @ JCC
22.09.2015 Lecture By LPA
25.09.2015 Artist Talk “Nibroll ” - on The Recorded Image @ JCC
26.09.2015 JCC Cinema 37: WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~ @ JCC
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
21.08.2015-05.09.2015 SIFA : Dance Marathon 2015
28.08.2015-06.09.2015 Hokkaido Gourmet Street Open @ Singapore WAttention Plaza
05.09.2015-06.09.2015 Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015 in Singapore
10.09.2015 Violin–Piano Recital by Jin Matsuno & Benjamin Loh @ Esplanade
02.10.2015-04.10.2015 Super Sumo Show 2015 @ Big Box
30.10.2015-01.11.2015 Kafka on the Shore: Co-Produced by the Japan Foundation
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