JCC E-Magazine August 2019

Yukata Workshop 2019


The month of July was a colourful and vibrant month, as JCC held its annual Yukata Workshop which always meets with an overwhelming response. We were also pleased to host the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Singapore Airlines (SIA).

For the month of August, JCC is delighted to present "WA" : TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong, a photography exhibition by celebrity photographer Russel Wong. Don't miss out these photographs of iconoclastic buildings synonymous with the extraordinary accomplishments of father-and-son architects Kenzo Tange (1913 - 2005) and Paul Noritaka Tange (b.1958) in the spirit of "WA" – the Japanese concept of harmony and its related principles of restraint and subtlety.

Director's Message


As the National Day is around the corner, Singapore is in the midst of celebration this month. In Japan, the summer months also signal lively festivals unique to different regions all across the country. The lively atmosphere has been filling the air here as well at JCC, as “JCC Cinema 73: Mameshiba” drew a large audience of dog- and movie-lovers! Our annual Yukata Workshop led once again by the talented members of the JET Programme Alumni...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Yukata Workshop 2019

On 6th July 2019, our popular annual Yukata Workshop was held at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) in collaboration with JETAA Singapore (JET Alumni Association Singapore). Led once again 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 dressed in beautiful yukata, showed off various accessories, footwear, and obi styles...(Click here to read more)

Pre-Departure Orientation for 2019 JET Programme participants

36 selected Singaporean participants at the upcoming Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme visited JCC for their pre-departure orientation on Wednesday, 10 July. They were greeted by Mr Kazunori Amari, Executive Director of CLAIR Singapore, and Ms Chihiro Ono, the Second Secretary from the Embassy of Japan who briefed them on general information about the programme, as well as details on their departure and stay in...(Click here to read more)

Farewell Reception for 2019 JET Programme participants

A farewell send-off reception for the 2019 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program participants from Singapore was held on 26 July 2019. His Excellency Ambassador Jun Yamazaki hosted the reception, and gave a short speech. A total of 36 participants from Singapore will be joining this year’s JET Programme. Members of the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) as well as staff of the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 73: Mameshiba

27 July, Saturday was the screening of JCC Cinema 73: Mameshiba! Audiences were treated to a touching story of a family, surrounding an adorable Shiba-inu puppy and a recluse man. The odd pair form a strange friendship in trying find the man's mother. Keeping with the theme of today's JCC Cinema, we also gave away Mofuu Akita Inu dolls and charms as special prizes. Please keep an eye out for another exciting JCC Cinema, scheduled...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

JNTO & SIA MOC Signing Ceremony

JCC (Japan Creative Centre), Embassy of Japan in Singapore was pleased to host the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Thursday, 18 July 2019. Mr. Yusuke Arai, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, graced the occasion and witnessed the signing between Mr. Akira Ninagawa...(Click here to read more)

Featured Article of the Month

Bunraku – traditional puppet theatre for grown-ups? By Ms Yow Wei Meng

“Puppet theatre? Yes, my 6-year old will be keen!”, “Puppets? That’s for kids!” – these are some common reactions I get when I mention bunraku (文楽) to my friends. Then I would go on to explain to them, with the help of videos available on internet, that Bunraku is a form of Japanese traditional theatre and that it is...(Click here to read more)

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Japanese Cultural Fact for August

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Awa Odori

There's a unique type of dancing that's performed in the area around Tokushima City on the island of Shikoku. 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. Awa odori is part of the Bon festivities, which are held to welcome one's ancestors back to this world for a few days. Though Bon dances are usually performed in a circle...(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

23.08.2019 - 24.08.2019 Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Enshu Sado School at NUS
02.08.2019 - 21.08.2019 "WA" : TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong - A Photography Exhibition by Celebrity Photographer Russel Wong
14.06.2019 - 31.08.2019 Capturing Water Conservation Through the Lens ~ A Photography Exhibition on Water Conservation in Singapore ~ @ Royal Plaza on Scotts

Related Events

26.10.2019 - 03.11.2019 White Space Art Asia presents Dialectics: Mono No Aware, presented by White Space Art Asia
20.09.2019 - 02.11.2019 Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan
14.06.2019 - 15.09.2019 Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s
Digital Light Canvas @ Marina Bay Sands


Open Call for Anime Artworks (Deadline: 21 August 2019)
Information on Invitation for Application: The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund
Calling for entries: The Visual Documentary Project 2019 calling short documentaries on the theme of "JUSTICE" in Southeast Asia (Deadline: 31 August 2019)
Calling for entries: The 16th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2019-2020
Japanese Speech Contest 2018 Homestay Report
■ The Japan Foundation grant program for FY2019 (Japanese / English)
Enjoy Free Japanese Lessons here on NHK World!
Youkobo Art Space calling for artist-in-residence

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