JCC E-Magazine August 2018

Peranakan Japanese Cuisine Night


It was indeed a busy month at JCC in July, with numerous programmes delighting all five senses - from the popular annual events like Yukata Workshop and Japanese Speech Contest, to the exclusive events like Peranakan Japanese Cuisine Night. We have many more upcoming events, so please do stay updated with our announcements!

Our current exhibition, Connecting the World: Manga Design Exhibition, is being held in conjunction with Singapore's chairmanship of ASEAN and in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation this year. So do visit JCC to get a glimpse of the exclusive manga design illustrating the people, culture and skyline of each of the 10 ASEAN countries, as well as the close ties and friendship between Japan and ASEAN!

Director's Message


Despite the mellow heat, JCC was raring to go this past July, with various events ranging from yukata workshops to promotional events about Rikuzentakata City and the Setouchi region in Japan. JCC also branched out to Temasek Polytechnic, where we held a manga workshop as part of their Global Community Day celebrations and screened two films by movie director Makoto Shinkai. We also ventured out to Nanyang Polytechnic to...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

JCC Cinema @ Temasek Polytechnic: The Voices of a Distant Star and The Garden of Words

From 4 to 5 July, and from 11 to 13 July 2018, JCC screened two of Japanese director Makoto Shinkai’s films at Temasek Polytechnic as part of our JCC Cinema series in schools. These movie screenings were part of a collaboration with the school to introduce Japanese pop culture to the students studying cross-cultural subjects at Temasek Polytechnic. The students were also given...(Click here to read more)

Global Community Day 2018

JCC (Japan Creative Centre) took part and presented a Manga Drawing Workshop at Temasek Polytechnic (TP) Global Community Day on Friday, 6 July 2018. Global Community Day is an annual event organised by TP to promote global awareness, country engagement and integration amongst staff, students, local community and global partners. This year’s main theme was...(Click here to read more)

Yukata Workshop 2018

Our very popular annual Yukata Workshop was held on 7 July 2018 at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) in collaboration with JETAA Singapore (JET Alumni Association Singapore). Led by Ms Nathalie Ng, guests were taught the history and origins of yukata, and about yukata fashion trends. Ms Nathalie, who along with several volunteers from JETAA Singapore, were dressed in beautiful yukata...(Click here to read more)
Japanese Speech Contest 2018

The finals for the Japanese Speech Contest 2018 were held on Sunday, 8th July 2016, at the Japanese Association Singapore. This event was jointly organised by Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan in Singapore, The Japanese Cultural Society Singapore, The Japanese Association Singapore, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Singapore, and The...(Click here to read more)

Rikuzentakata City Promotional Event

The exclusive Rikuzentakata City Promotional Event was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Tuesday, 10th July 2018. This event was held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit in Singapore, and showcased the delicious food and sake of Rikuzentakata City, as well as the story of its recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. Rikuzentakata’s delicacies...(Click here to read more)

Pre-Departure Orientation and Farewell Reception for 2018 JET Programme participants

A pre-departure orientation for selected Singaporean participants at the upcoming Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme was conducted on Thursday, 12nd July 2018 at JCC (Japan Creative Centre). Ms Chihiro Ono, Third Secretary of Embassy of Japan in Singapore, commenced the orientation by briefing them on general information about the programme, as well...(Click here to read more)

Peranakan Japanese Cuisine Night

On Friday, 13 July 2018, JCC (Japan Creative Centre) organised Peranakan Japanese Cuisine Night at Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel. Hosted by Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, His Excellency Kenji Shinoda, Peranakan Japanese Cuisine Night aims to celebrate and showcase the common values in Peranakan and Japanese heritage, especially through its food. This...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 67: A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story

Our JCC Cinema 67: Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story was screened on Saturday, 14 July 2018 at JCC (Japan Creative Centre). We had a full house of more than 60 audiences watching the movie starred by Aya Ueto and Kengo Kora, which tells a historical romance set in the Kaga Domain during the Edo Period of Japan that covers present-day Ishikawa Prefecture. In light of this, a special corner showcasing Ishikawa’s tableware...(Click here to read more)

Savour the Charms of Setouchi

Savour the Charms of Setouchi was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) (Embassy of Japan in Singapore) on Tuesday, 17th July 2018, in collaboration with West Japan Railway Company (JR-West), The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (J.CLAIR), and Silkair. More than 80 guests were present to learn more about the lesser-known...(Click here to read more)

Opening Ceremony of Connecting the World: Manga Design Exhibition

On the evening of 20 July 2018, the exhibition “Connecting the World: Manga Design Exhibition in Singapore”, by the MANGA DESIGNERS LAB.(マンガデザイナーズラボ) opened at JCC (Japan Creative Centre). In light of Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN 2018, as well as in celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation this year, the exhibition...(Click here to read more)

New method of Connecting Japan to the world: Manga Design ~ A Talk by Toshihiko Kira with Manga Me! ~

On 21 July 2018, the CEO of Manga Designers Lab Mr Toshihiko Kira, gave a talk as part of the ongoing exhibition ‘Connecting the World: Manga Design Exhibition in Singapore!’. His talk encompassed topics such as what Manga Design was, and how the Manga Designers Lab have innovated and used Manga Design to inform, advertise, and connect with audiences in Japan and...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

‘A Song of Life’ concert

'A Song of Life' concert by musician Ms Sachiyo Nakagaki was held on 27 June 2018 at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. Ms Sachiyo performed her original compositions onstage, and even performed a Japanese version of 'Home', which received a standing ovation. This concert was attended by H.E. Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, Minister and Mrs Naohiro...(Click here to read more)
Dream Yosacoy Festival in Singapore

On Saturday, 30 June 2018, H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore attended the opening of the Dream Yosacoy Festival at Shaw House Urban Plaza on Orchard Road. After welcome speeches by H.E. Ambassador Shinoda, Mr Steven Goh, the Executive Director of the Orchard Road Business Association, and Ms Chisato Sentani, Chairperson of the...(Click here to read more)

Sogetsu Tanabata Luncheon Celebration

Japan Creative Centre (JCC) Director, Ms Akiko Sugita and Event Team Manager Mdm Keiko Soeda joined the Sogetsu Tanabata Luncheon Celebration held at the Shangri-La Hotel this afternoon. Tanabata-inspired Ikebana Demonstrations were performed by two very talented Ikebana International Past Presidents Ms Anna Kwan, and Ms Peggy Loh...(Click here to read more)


Visit by Ms Tomoko Kodera

On 4 July 2018, Jewelry Designer and Creative Director of Kashikey, Ms Tomoko Kodera visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) with Executive Officer and General Manager of Kashikey’s Sales Division Mr Dai Sato to exchange views with the Director of JCC, Ms Akiko Sugita, and Events Team Manager Mdm Keiko Soeda...(Click here to read more)

Visit by Mr Russel Wong, Mr Noritaka Tange and Ms Yajima

On 10 July 2018, Renowned Photographer Mr Russel Wong, Mr Paul Noritaka Tange, Master of Architecture and CEO of Tange Associations, and Ms Yajima, visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) to exchange views with the Director of JCC, Ms Akiko Sugita, and Events Team Manager Mdm Keiko Soeda...(Click here to read more)
Visit by junior high school students from Tokorozawa city

A group of 15 junior high school students from Tokorozawa City visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 26 July 2018. They were greeted by Third Secretary Ms Chihiro Ono, who gave them an introduction to Singapore and the functions of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore and JCC. Ms Ono also shared a video with them of the SJ50 Matsuri, which was organised in 2016 to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for August

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Bon Holidays

The Bon Festival is held to pray for the repose of the souls of one's ancestors. It's one of the biggest traditional events during the year, along with New Year's. It's sometimes called o-bon or urabon. In the past, it was held in the middle of the seventh month on Japan's traditional calendar. Some regions therefore celebrate it in mid-July, although the old date is closer to mid-August. Deceased family members are believed to revisit the homestead during Bon to be reunited with their family...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

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Launch Schedule of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI7 aboard the H-IIB Vehicle No. 7

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7(H-IIB F7) which carries aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7), the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS)...(Click to read more)



K computer grabs top Graph500 ranking for seventh consecutive time

For the seventh consecutive time, Japan’s K computer has taken the top ranking on the Graph500 ranking, which gauges the ability of supercomputers on data-intensive loads rather than simple speed. The goal of the benchmark is to improve computing involving complex data problems in “big data” areas such as cybersecurity, medical informatics, data enrichment, social networks, symbolic networks, and modeling neuronal circuits in the brain...(Click to read more)



Summer fun: how plants beat the heat

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan have discovered a gene in plants that helps protect them from excessive heat. Published in the scientific journal Plant Cell, the study shows that the newly found gene prevents the destabilization of chloroplast membranes that occurs at very high temperatures...(Click to read more)


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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)


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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)


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Detective Conan: Uncovering the Mystery through Scientific Investigation

Miraikan - the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba, Tokyo), will hold the special exhibition “Detective Conan: Scientific Investigation” from April 18 to July 8, 2018. Detective Conan, also known abroad as Case Closed, is a popular anime and manga franchise that has spread across borders, cultures and generations since its serialization beginning in 1994. The special exhibition provides a fun experience through the process of a scientific investigations in the imaginary world of Detective Conan. The exhibition features a special original story not seen in the original works...(Click to read more)


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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)


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Research Results supported by AMED on the English Website

AMED enhanced the English website including news releases and research results supported by AMED. Recent research results were such as “Turbulence activates platelet biogenesis to enable clinical scale ex vivo production”, “Screening a tiny section of DNA could help East Asian patients avoid severe reactions to some medications”, “Effect of intranasal oxytocin on the core social symptoms of autism spectrum disorder: A randomized clinical trial” and “Translational control of Sox9 RNA by mTORC1 contributes to skeletogenesis”. More research results and news updates will be on: https://www.amed.go.jp/en/index.html

Education Information in Japan

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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)


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Pamphlet on Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2018-2019

"Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2018-2019" 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)


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Job Hunting Guide for International Students

Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2019 was released by Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO). (Click here to read more)


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Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 111 July 10th, 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

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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 2018 EJU | (Click here to read more))


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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
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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)


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Study in English at Japanese university

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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.
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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

18.08.2018 - 28.08.2018 Ceramic Expressions (2nd Edition) 2018
14.08.2018 Classical Piano Fantasia: A music & talk event by Japanese virtuoso pianist Yumeki Ohashi
21.07.2018 - 11.08.2018 Connecting the World: Manga Design Exhibition in Singapore JCC

Related Events

28.10.2018 Cycling Shimanami 2018
08.09.2018 - 09.09.2018 JAS Summer Festival (Natsumatsuri) 2018 @ National Stadium of Singapore
23.08.2018 - 27.08.2018 The 17th International Animation Festival - HIROSHIMA 2018 Competition: Calling for Entries!!
22.08.2018 Mike Shinoda's Post Traumatic Tour @ Zepp@Big Box Singapore
01.08.2018 - 27.08.2018 Colour Me Well Tomoni Shintaku Solo Show @ One East Asia Gallery
Digital Light Canvas @ Marina Bay Sands


The Sumitomo Foundation FY 2018 Grant for Japan-related Research Projects
Guided walk around Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (in Japanese) (26th August)
Call for Entries! VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT 2018 (Deadline: 31st August 2018)
Open call for FEATURE FILM & SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS for 29th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) (Deadline: 20th August 2018)
Enjoy Free Japanese Lessons here on NHK World!
■ The Japan Foundation grant program for FY2018 (Japanese / English)
Latest information on visiting Iwate: IWATE CLASSIC ROAD Tourism Magazine (Click to download)
Youkobo Art Space calling for artist-in-residence

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