JCC E-Magazine August 2021

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It was wonderful to see many participants take part in last month's Japanese Speech Contest 2021, especially since it had to be unfortunatelly cancelled last year. Once again, congratulations to all of the winners!

For this month’s cultural articles, we are learning more about Nagoya Meshi, and folding fans. Do also continue to keep up-to-date with our Zoom In! series on our Facebook and Instagram. Feel free to let us know if you want to learn more about any Japan-related topics!

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The hot weather continues as we enter the dog days of summer! Back in Japan, the Olympic Games are coming to end. Even so, JCC will be continuing to shed light on the charms of Aichi and Shiga in August as part of our Zoom In! series. Look out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for interesting bites of information you may not have known about these prefectures! JCC has also set up an exhibition of items from Kanagawa and Shizuoka at our premises. Do come down to try your hand at puzzle boxes from Kanagawa, and marvel at the wooden crafts that Shizuoka is known for.

All these prefectures are ones that feature...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Japanese Speech Contest 2021

Ambassador of Japan HE Jun Yamazaki attended the Japanese Speech Contest 2021, which took place on Sunday, 11 July at the Japanese Association, Singapore. The GOH was Prof Chong Tow Chong, President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. An encouraging total number of 55 applicants entered the contest in 4 categories. 5 finalists from each category delivered their speeches on Sunday. They spoke about their personal life, their future plans or their experience with Japan...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Articles

Nagoya Meshi: All about seasoning and style

Gourmets who love Japanese food, have you heard of Nagoya Meshi? The term “Nagoya Meshi” is actually rather recent. The chairman of a Nagoya-based restaurant operator, Kenichi Inamoto, opened his first store in Tokyo in 2001. The media, eager to describe the delicious regional fare that Inamoto was serving at his restaurant under one umbrella term, suggested “Nago-meshi”, after the abbreviation “Ita-meshi”, for Italian food. Inamoto however...(Click here to read more)


Beat the Heat with Folding Fans

Midsummer in Japan is hot and humid. Though many will take the chance to bask under it, the combination of the summer sun and high humidity levels can lead to sweaty, sticky discomfort at best and heat-strokes at worst. One can fight against rising temperatures with icy desserts and air-conditioning, but while on the go, the best way to beat the heat is with a folding fan! Folding fans, also known as sensu (扇子), are made of accordion-folded washi...(Click here to read more)

Featured Article of the Month

Brewing Friendship Between Singapore and Japan - Interview With Sojitsu Kobori (13th Grand Master of Enshuryu Tea School)

In this edition of Kizuna Story, JCC speaks to Sojitsu Kobori, the 13th Grand Master of Enshuryu Tea School. Learn more about how he maintains a close relationship with Singapore even though he is based in Tokyo, Japan.

Can you tell us more about how you started your activities in Singapore? (Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for August

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The national high school baseball championships started in 1915, and high school baseball teams gather from all over Japan. It is held the latter half of August when the weather is hottest in Japan. Because games are played in Hanshin Koshien Stadium, the tournament is often called “Koshien”. All high school baseball players dream of playing in this stadium. Those who are very serious about this dream practice very hard in junior high school so that they can enter high schools that have a track record of...(Click here to read more)

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