JCC E-Magazine April 2018



We had many things to celebrate about this March. There was the highly successful Japanese Film Festival (Singapore), in which many movie-goers got to enjoy both the latest Japanese films as well as the timeless classics. JCC was also bursting with colours and vibrancy during our two exhibitions: POLKAROS HINAMATSURI and Ballad of Nature ~ An Ikebana Exhibition by Ohara School of Ikebana, Singapore Chapter ~.

Sakura Matsuri commenced at the Gardens by the Bay on 16 March, and will end on 8 April. JCC is not only a Major Programme Partner, but also participating at the All Japan Booth during the latter half of the event. So do drop by to catch the beautiful blossoms, and to experience the different Japanese cultural activities!

Director's Message


Spring is finally in full swing this April, and I am excited to greet this season with more programmes that are reminiscent of spring! The past month was a fulfilling month. We welcomed delighted guests to JCC for the whimsical and sweet design exhibition “POLKAROS HINAMATSURI” by artist Ms. Ros Lee, and the elegant ikebana exhibition “Ballad of Nature” by the Ohara School in Singapore. JCC Cinema also made a comeback this month...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Opening of Japanese Film Festival (Singapore) 2018

The 21st Japanese Film Festival was declared open last Friday, 2 March 2018 at the National Museum of Singapore. The opening ceremony was attended by Guest of Honour, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Ms Grace Fu, His Excellency Ambassador Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, Japanese director Mr Shinobu Yaguchi, Singaporean actress...(Click here to read more)


Polkaros Hinamatsuri Exhibition was opened with a talk event by the artist, Ms Ros Lee at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Saturday, 3 March 2018, with a full house of nearly 80 guests! Held in collaboration with Japanese University Graduate Association of Singapore (JUGAS) and also a satellite programme of the Singapore Design Week 2018, the exhibition features the latest collection of art and design works inspired by...(Click here to read more)

Conferment Ceremony of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star on Ambassador Tan Chin Tiong

On 3rd November 2017, the Government of Japan decided to confer the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star on Ambassador Tan Chin Tiong. The Conferment Ceremony and reception in commemoration of this conferment was held on 7th March 2018 at Four Seasons hotel. H.E. Mr. Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Manpower and...(Click here to read more)


On 10th March 2018, two workshops were held at JCC as part of the ongoing exhibition, POLKAROS HINAMATSURI. In the morning, a workshop for children from Tasek Jurong Limited was held, and the artist Ms Ros Lee taught them how to make little magnets figurines based on the dolls that are put on display during Hinamatsuri, also known as Girl’s Day, in Japan. The children moulded Imperial Prince and Imperial Princess out of...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema: ALWAYS –Sunset on Third Street– 3 at ITE Central, NUS & NTU

JCC Cinema screenings of ALWAYS –Sunset on Third Street– 3 were held in the month of March at ITE Central, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) respectively on the 13th, 20th and 29th. With the fast approach and to raise awareness of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the warm and heartfelt movie brings...(Click here to read more)

Opening of Ballad of Nature ~ An Ikebana Exhibition by Ohara School of Ikebana, Singapore Chapter ~

The opening ceremony of ‘Ballad of Nature’ – an exhibition by Ohara School of Ikebana, Singapore Chapter was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Thursday, 22 March 2018. A total of about 25 floral arrangements done in the style of Ohara are showcased, expressing the beauty and soft colours of the natural landscape together, like a melodious ballad...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 64: Howl's Moving Castle

We had a wonderful JCC Cinema 64 screening of Howl’s Moving Castle at Our Tampines Hub’s state-of-the-art Festive Arts Theatre on Tuesday, 27th March 2018! Close to 300 audiences, together with our Ambassador H.E. Kenji Shinoda and JCC Director Ms. Akiko Sugita, came and watch one of legendary Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao's most beloved works produced by Studio Ghibli on the big screen. Based on British author...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Ikebana International Johor Bahru 'A Tribute to Past Presidents'

The Ikebana International Johor Bahru Chapter 235, the recipient of the prestigious commendation from the Foreign Ministry of Japan, held an event for their past presidents’ leadership in leading up to receiving the award in Amari Hotel, Johor Bahru on 9 March 2018. Ms Eva Onn, current president of Ikebana...(Click here to read more)

Chingay at the Heartlands

Last Saturday, on 10 March 2018, JCC (Japan Creative Centre) participated in Chingay @ Heartlands, at its final stop at Bedok. As the grand finale of the Chingay @ Heartlands celebrations in 2018, Bedok played host to a variety of exciting activity booths hosted by organisations such as the Singapore Police Force, National Environment Agency, Health Promotion Board, and ASEAN representatives from Indonesia and...(Click here to read more)

Sakura Matsuri Media Preview

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda attended the Media Preview of Sakura Matsuri, held on 16th March at the Gardens by the Bay. A total of 23 kinds of sakura, or cherry blossoms, were in full or half bloom in the Flower Dome, and all of the visitors enjoyed viewing them. The Minyo Club members of the Japanese Association Singapore danced Hanagasa Ondo...(Click here to read more)

Taiko Performance by Hibikiya and the Super Taiko Junior led by Mr Hiro Hayashida

A panoramic Japanese Taiko performance was held on 18th March (17:00-18:30) at the Canopy of the Gardens By The Bay. The performance was put up by Hibikiya, a well-known local Japanese taiko performing group, and the Super Taiko Junior led by Mr Hiro Hayashida, a renowned Japanese...(Click here to read more)

True Colours Festival

Thank you The Nippon Foundation (日本財団), UNESCO and Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd (VSA)! H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda attended the opening event of True Colours Festival on Friday, 23 March filled with amazing and fantastic performances by artists all over the world. Organised by the Nippon Foundation and UNESCO, and produced by VSA, True Colours Festival brings some of the world’s foremost artists and performing...(Click here to read more)

Sakura Matsuri VIP Viewing

Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Transport and Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, Mrs Khaw and Ambassador Kenji Shinoda attended the Sakura Matsuri on 31st March at the Gardens by the Bay. Accompanied by Mr Felix Loh, COO, The Gardens By The Bay, they toured the Flower Dome which was filled...(Click here to read more)


Visit by High School Students From Toyama Prefecture

On 8th March 2018, 20 high school students and 5 staff members from Toyama Prefecture visited the Embassy of Japan in Singapore, as well as JCC (Japan Creative Centre). At the Embassy, they were greeted by Third Secretary Ms Chihiro Ono, who explained to the students the mission and functions of the Embassy in Singapore, as well as the activities of JCC. The students also gave a short presentation on the charms of Toyama...(Click here to view more)

Director's Visit to the Haiga Exhibition

JCC Director Ms. Akiko Sugita visited the Haiga Exhibition by Mr. Koh Buck Song during the artist's talk session on 13th March...(Click here to view more)

Ambassador and Minister's Visit to POLKAROS HINAMATSURI

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda visited the exhibition POLKAROS HINAMATURI on 15th March 2018. Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Naohiro Tsutsumi, also visited the exhibition at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 16th March 2018. The artist Ms Ros Lee gave a brief tour of the different, quirky exhibits, and explained the concept and ideas behind them. She also shared about her experience of studying and working in Japan, and how she was...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Fukui Prefectural Koshi Junior High School

Fifteen junior high school students and two staff members from Fukui Prefecture in Japan visited the Embassy of Japan in Singapore on 16 March 2018. They were greeted by Third Secretary Ms Chihiro Ono, who gave them an introduction to Singapore. She also explained to them the functions of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore, as well as Japan Creative Centre (JCC). Second Secretary Mr Kiyoshi Shimonishi was also present during the talk...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture

Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, visited JCC during the Ceremony celebrating the Opening of the Exhibition “Ballad of Nature”, by the Ohara School’s Singapore Chapter on the afternoon of 22 March. Mdm Daisy Koh, PBM, Head of the Ohara School’s Singapore Chapter, explained to the Governor the main theme and features of the exhibition, as well as exchanging views on the strong interest among the local...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Seitoku Elementary School

70 students from Chiba Prefecture’s Seitoku Elementary School visited JCC on Friday, 23 March 2018. They were greeted by Third Secretary Ms Chihiro Ono, who guided them around the ikebana exhibition, “Ballad of Nature” by the Ohara School, Singapore Chapter. The students were curious about the beautiful floral arrangements on display and took many photographs of the exhibits and JCC...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

A group of students from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Saturday, 24 March. JCC Event Team Manager Mdm Keiko Soeda welcomed them and explained about Singapore and the functions of both Embassy of Japan in Singapore and JCC. The students are on a global exchange and internship programme in Singapore at marine-related companies...(Click here to view more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for April

© Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Golden Week

Many Japanese workers get about a week off around the end of April and beginning of May. This is because there is cluster of national holidays during this time. The "week" starts on April 29, a national holiday that used to be celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Showa, who passed away in 1989. It is now celebrated as Showa Day, a day to allow people to think back on the...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Hayabusa2 has detected Ryugu

On February 26, 2018, Hayabusa2 saw its destination -asteroid Ryugu- for the first time! The photographs were captured by the ONC-T (Optical Navigation Camera - Telescopic) onboard the spacecraft. Images were taken on February 26th. The distance between Ryugu and Hayabusa2 when the images were taken is about 1.3 million km. Ryugu as seen from Hayabusa2 is in the direction of the constellation Pisces...(Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide Selected as ISS Expedition crew member and assuming the post of Commander

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a national research and development agency, is delighted to announce today that JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide was selected as a crew member of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 64/65. He will be the second Japanese to assume the post of commander on the ISS in leading the 65th Expedition...(Click to read more)



Scientists accurately model the action of aerosols on clouds

Global climate is a tremendously complex phenomenon, and researchers are making painstaking progress, year by year, to try to develop ever more accurate models. Now, an international group including researchers from the Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Japan, using the powerful K computer, have for the first time accurately calculated the effects of aerosols on clouds in a climate model...(Click to read more)


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Heat shock system helps bug come back to life after drying up

The larva of the sleeping chironomid, Polypedilum vanderplanki—a mosquito-like insect that inhabits semi-arid areas of Africa—is well known for being able to come back to life after being nearly completely desiccated, losing up to 97 percent of its body’s water content. However, the genetic mechanisms the insects use to achieve this feat, and, especially is the identity of the master gene that induces desiccation tolerance have remained...(Click to read more)



Researchers successfully sequence total RNA of single cells

By combining a number of methods, researchers from the RIKEN Advanced Center for Computing and Communications (ACCC) in Japan have developed a method that allows full-length sequencing of the total RNA of a single cell. The ability to do such full-length sequencing is important for understanding how single cells develop and function in biological systems...(Click to read more)



In living color: seeing cells from outside the body with synthetic bioluminescence

Glowing creatures like fireflies and jellyfish are captivating to look at but also a boon for science, as their bioluminescent molecules contribute to visualizing a host of biological processes. Now, scientists in Japan have supercharged these molecules, making them hundreds of times brighter in deep tissues and allowing for imaging of cells from outside the body. The bioengineered light source was used to track cancer cells in mice and brain-cell activity in monkeys, but its applications extend beyond the lab...(Click to read more)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

SAKURA Exchange Program in Science (SSP) 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. (Click here to read more: Website | High School Student Special Course Videos | Pamphlet)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Miraikan -Exhibition Guide

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 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. Visitors can experience the technological progress of today, from simple day-to-day questions, to the latest technologies, the global environment, space exploration and...(Click here to read more: Website | Video)


© Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP)
Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies

Since FY2015, Kyoto University has launched “Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP): Promotion of Sustainable Development Research” within the framework of the Collaboration Hubs for International Research Program (CHIRP) 2015 funded by the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). This project promotes research that can be...(Click to read more)


© Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
FY 2018 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) – Joint Call for “Health Research: Infectious Diseases, Cancer Research”

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for FY 2018 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) in “Health Research: Infectious Diseases, Cancer Research”. research area. The e-ASIA Joint Research Program (hereinafter referred to as the “e-ASIA JRP”) aims to develop a vibrant and collaborative research community in Science and Technology, to promote innovation in the East Asian region, and to contribute to the region’s economic development. (Click here to read more)


© Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
Singapore A*STAR is offering various scholarship

Singapore A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) with whom AMED signed the Memorandum of Cooperation is offering various scholarships such as:

  • SIPGA: Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award
  • ARAP: A*STAR Research Attachment Programme
  • SINGA: Singapore International Graduate Award

    These scholarships welcome international students, including who are from Japan. Please visit the links above for further information. (Click here to read more)

  • Education Information in Japan

    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Guide book "Student Guide to Japan"

    "Student Guide to Japan" is an essential book for international students planning to study in Japan.

    (Click to read more: English | Mandarin)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Pamphlet on Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2017-2018

    "Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2017-2018" contains details about scholarships provided by various organisations that have responded to a questionnaire survey carried out by JASSO. (Click here to read more)

    Free student counselling at the Embassy of Japan

    Our new Student Advisor Ms Regina provides free student counselling for people interested in studying in Japan. The counselling will be held at the Embassy of Japan, 16 Nassim Road, Singapore 258390. No appointment is necessary. Please call 62358855 if you have any queries. There will be no counselling sessions on Embassy holidays. (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Job Hunting Guide for International Students

    Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2018 was released by Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO). (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 107 March 9th, 2018

    Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO) publishes Japan Alumni eNews every month. The contents are as follows:

    1. Life in Japan by Photo
    2. Alumni News
    3. Academic News
    4. Business News (Job Hunting)
    5. Visit Japan
    6. NIPPON Information
    7. JASSO News
    8. From the Editor

    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

    The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is used to evaluate whether international students who wish to study at the undergraduate level at universities or other such higher educational institutions in Japan possess the Japanese language skills and the basic academic abilities needed to study at those institutions. (Guidelines for the 2017 EJU | (Click here to read more))


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Study in Japan Fair

    JASSO holds Study in Japan Fairs outside Japan with participation of Japanese universities to provide information on study in Japan to high school students, university students and educators.

    Target: High school students, university students and graduate students.
    Exhibitors: Japanese universities
    (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Search for Japanese schools (graduate schools, universities and junior colleges)

    Information related to application qualifications, major field of studies, medium of instruction and on-campus scholarships of Japanese graduate schools, universities and junior colleges is available for searching through Excel files posted online. (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Study in English at Japanese university

    © Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
    EDU-Port Japan

    EDU-Port Japan is a public-private, nationwide initiative to proactively disseminate Japanese-style education overseas by providing a platform from which the public and private sectors collaborate in achieving this objective. The platform is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and many other organizations including NGOs and private businesses.
    (Click here to read more)


    © Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
    Top Global University Project

    Since 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been carrying out the Top Global University Project to provide prioritized support to those universities that are leading the internationalization of Japan’s education by launching new programs to encourage and deepen interactions and partnerships with the world’s top universities, reforming personnel and educational systems, enhancing educational systems to help students develop the ability to act globally and accelerating other globalization initiatives. Under the Top Global University Project, 13 universities were selected as Type A (Top Type) universities that are conducting world-leading education and research and 24 universities were selected as Type B (Global Traction Type) universities that are leading the globalization of Japanese society. These 37 universities have been working hard on internationalization and university reform. (Click here to read more)

    Top global university project Outline Flyer is as follows: https://tgu.mext.go.jp/en/downloads/pdf/sgu_flier.pdf

    Upcoming Events at JCC

    08.07.2018 Japanese Speech Contest 2018 (Apply by 1st June 2018, 12:00pm)
    21.04.2018 - 20.05.2018 Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s @ Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
    20.04.2018 - 12.05.2018 感0 - KANZERO - An Exhibition by wataboku
    14.04.2018 A TAKEMITSU SEASON: the Spring Soiree - A music & talk event on composer Toru Takemitsu

    Supported Events

    22.04.2018 Fun with Onigiri! with Reiko Yamada @ Wisma Atria
    21.04.2018 Jubilee Open House @ Tampines West Community Club (Japanese Culinary Workshop)
    30.03.2018 - 08.04.2018 Sakura Japan Fair @ Gardens by the Bay
    16.03.2018 - 08.04.2018 Sakura Matsuri @ Gardens by the Bay

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    Rain Forest Tour in Japanese language
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