JCC E-Magazine February 2018

My MA Expression in Block Print


In the first month of 2018, JCC successfully hosted its first exhibition of the brand new year. We're sure that many visitors who came to see ~ 間 ~ The MA Project, were able to learn a different facet of Japanese culture while experiencing the exhibits with all five senses. Besides that, we were very pleased to collaborate with library@orchard once again through the Omotesenke Tea Demonstration and Kimono Talk. Due to popular demand, we even held two consecutive sessions!

For February, you can expect many more programmes covering both traditional and contemporary aspects of Japanese culture. Just to name some, we will be featuring kimono, Japan Exchange Programmes, anime, manga, Tohoku, film and so on. So do keep a look out for the announcements on our website and Facebook, and we hope to see you at our events!

Director's Message


It has been a wonderful start to the year for us at JCC! This month, we have been especially busy with movie screenings and the opening of a new exhibition. The variety of these activities have really set a lively and exciting tone for the upcoming months ahead. This January, we held a special series of JCC Cinema screenings of Komaneko: The Curious Cat for students at Temasek Polytechnic, and Always: Sunset on Third Street for students...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

JCC Cinema: Komaneko @ Temasek Polytechnic

For the entire week from 15 January 2018 to 19 January 2018, JCC screened Komaneko at Temasek Polytechnic as part of our JCC Cinema series in schools. These movie screenings were a treat for the students studying Japanese at Temasek Polytechnic. The students’ lecturers interspersed each short film in the Komaneko series with explanations of the film’s director Tsuneo Goda, and the process of stop motion animation...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema: ALWAYS: Sunset on Third Street 3 at Nanyang Polytechnic

Our JCC Cinema screening of ALWAYS: Sunset on Third Street 3 was held at Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) School of Interactive & Digital Media on Wednesday, January 17. Staff and students, mostly consisting of Japanese language learners, animation students and members of their Japanese lovers’ club – Sakura Club, watched the touching Japanese movie that set...(Click here to read more)

Opening Ceremony of ~ 間 ~ The MA Project

~間~ The MA Project: A joint exhibition by Ms Sachiyo Sharma & Ms Sunaina Bhalla was officially opened by our JCC Director Ms Akiko Sugita on Friday, 19 January 2016. H.E. Mohamed Abulkheir, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Guillaume Kavaruganda, High Commissioner of Rwanda, Mr Neal Manilal Chandaria, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kenya and other distinguish guests graced the opening...(Click here to read more)

My MA Expression in Block Print

As part of the ongoing exhibition ~ 間 ~ The MA Project at JCC, artist Ms Sunaina Bhalla led two woodblock printing workshops on Saturday, 20 January 2018. Ms Sachiyo Sharma, with whom Ms Sunaina is showcasing her works, gave the participants a brief introduction to the Japanese concept of Ma, and how it is pervasive in almost all forms of Japanese art and even in their way of life. Following that introduction, Ms Sunaina...(Click here to read more)

MA in Art

During the artist talk which took place on 27th January 2018 at JCC (Japan Creative Centre), Ms Sachiyo Sharma introduced the Japanese concept of MA, particularly in the context of Japanese art and physics. After guests had a better understanding of MA, both artists, Ms Sachiyo Sharma and Ms Sunaina Bhalla, proceeded to give a guided tour of the exhibition, which is based on the same concept. The two artists shared how...(Click here to read more)

Omotesenke Tea Demonstration and Kimono Talk

On 1 February 2018, JCC organised two interactive talk and demonstration sessions on the Omotesenke Way of Tea and kimono. These sessions featured speaker Ms Sanae Otsuka, who is well-versed in Omotesenke style tea ceremony, kimono, Japanese dance, the Japanese zither, as well as floral arrangement. Ms Otsuka has taught Omotesenke style tea ceremony and floral arrangement in Shanghai, China since 2008, and it is her...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Hatsugama Tea Ceremony 2018 by Urasenke Singapore

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda attended the Hatsugama Tea Ceremony at Chado Urasenke Tankokai Singapore Association on 10 January 2018. Conducted by Ms Sochoku Nakabayashi, Chief Administrator of Urasenke Singapore, Hatsugama (初釜) is first tea ceremony of the year, which means ‘first kettle’. Alongside with the Ambassador, members of various Japanese-related organisations in Singapore were invited to the ceremony...(Click here to read more)

JENESYS2017 Exhibition Closing Ceremony at Temasek Polytechnic

On 11 January 2018, Director of JCC (Japan Creative Centre), Ms Akiko Sugita, Deputy Director Mr Kazunori Matsunaga, Third Secretary Ms Chihiro Ono, JCC Events Team Manager Mdm Keiko Soeda, and Events Team staff member Ms Bernice Minjoot visited Temasek Polytechnic to attend the closing ceremony of the JENESYS2017 Exhibition. They were...(Click here to read more)

Japan, Singapore & China Calligraphy & Seal Art Exhibition

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda attended the opening of a calligraphy and seal art exhibition at EC Fine Art Gallery on Friday, 12 January 2018, organised by EC Fine Art Gallery and Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving Calligraphy & Painting Society. It is a rare combination of 5 leading artists from 3 different countries – Japan, Singapore and China coming and working together on a common culture we share. They are Mr Myoseki Shimura, Mr Tan...(Click here to read more)

Real Japan in Kanazawa – Kaga Hyakumangoku Culture Fair at Isetan Scotts

JCC (Japan Creative Centre) had the pleasure of supporting “Real Japan in Kanazawa – Kaga Hyakumangoku Culture Fair”, which was held at Isetan Scotts from 12 – 14 January 2018. Mr Hiroshi Honjo (Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Singapore), and Ms Akiko Sugita (Director, JCC), posed for a picture with Mr Chozaemon Ohi, a pottery artist from Ishikawa Prefecture, and others...(Click here to read more)

Peranakan Cuisine: Grandma’s Recipes

Ms. Shermay Lee, Food Consultant and Founder of Shermay's Singapore Fine Food, presented a lecture of Peranakan Culture & Food and a demonstration & cooking for Nonya Chicken Curry & Roti Jala titled "Peranakan Cuisine: Grandma’s Recipes" on Saturday,20 Jan 15:00~18:00 at the Japanese Association Singapore. JCC supported this event by making its initial plan and networking the relevant parties. Director of JCC Akiko...(Click here to read more)

Ikebana Demonstration at NUS Japanese Culture Room

On 2 February 2018, Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 and JCC collaborated with NUS Department of Japanese Studies to present an exclusive Ikebana demonstration by Ms Toshiko Saito, from the Sogetsu School. Ms Saito, who flew in from Fukuoka, Japan, performed this demonstration to staff and students from NUS. NUS also presented certificates of appreciation...(Click here to read more)


Visit by Mr Myoseki Shimura

Mr Myoseki Shimura and the group of people who made the calligraphy and seal art exhibition at EC Fine Art Gallery possible visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Saturday, 13 January 2018. Our Director Ms Akiko Sugita welcomed them, where she introduced about JCC and discussed about the possible collaboration in the future. The exhibition is now on at EC Fine Art Gallery until Friday, 19 January 2018. For more information...(Click here to view more)

JCC Visit by Hamamatsu City Council Members

Members of Hamamatsu City Council visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) as part of their overseas trip to Singapore on Monday, 22 January 2018. They were welcomed by our JCC Director Ms Akiko Sugita, and had a guided tour at our current exhibition – ~間~ The MA Project by one of the artists Ms Sachiyo Sharma. The members later had a meeting where Ms Sugita explained about the functions and events of JCC...(Click here to view more)

Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Naohiro Tsutsumi’s Visit to ~ 間 ~ The MA Project

Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Naohiro Tsutsumi visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 25th January 2018 to view ~ 間 ~ The MA Project, a joint exhibition by Ms Sachiyo Sharma and Ms Sunaina Bhalla which is inspired by the Japanese concept of MA. Minister Tsutsumi was given a tour by both artists, who explained their individual interpretations of MA in each...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Director and Cast of Jimami Tofu

The director and casts of Jimami Tofu – Mr Jason Chan and Mr Christian Lee came to JCC (Japan Creative Centre) today and visited our exhibition, ~間~ The MA Project. The movie, which was featured in major newspapers in Singapore and screened at Hawaii International Film Festival, shows about a love story of a Singaporean Chef and a Japanese food critic stretching from Singapore to Okinawa that surrounds the traditional...(Click here to view more)

Visit by JENESYS2017 participants from Japan

On 31 January 2018, Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Naohiro Tsutsumi and Third Secretary Ms Chihiro Ono greeted 16 high school students from Japan at JCC. These students, from two different high schools, are visiting Singapore as part of the JENESYS programme and are visiting various schools and organisations to learn more about Singapore. Minister Tsutsumi drew an interesting parallel between the JENESYS programme...(Click here to view more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for February

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Setsubun and Bean-Throwing

Japan has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The term setsubun originally referred to the days marking the change from one season to the next, so that there were four of them, but today only the day before risshun (the beginning of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar) is called by that name. Setsubun comes on either February 3 or 4, depending on the year. On the night of Setsubun, many households do ...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

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Success of Epsilon-3 Launch with ASNARO-2 Aboard

January 18, 2018, JAXA launched Epsilon-3, the third Epsilon launch vehicle which encapsulates NEC Small radar satellite "ASNARO-2", from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The launch occurred on time. The launch and flight of Epsilon-3 took place normally. Approximately 52 minutes 35 seconds into the flight, the separation of ASNARO-2 proceeded, with confirmation as successful...(Click to read more)


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First Light images from SHIKISAI (GCOM-C) were released

JAXA has released some observation images on the Earth acquired by the Global Changing Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C). The SHIKISAI was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center at 10:26:22, on December 23, 2017 (Japan Standard Time). These images are obtained by using the test radio wave transmitted from GCOM-C/SGLI on January 1st to 6th, 2018 (JST). Image: Color composite image around the Okhotsk Sea Ice...(Click to read more)



Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions

Using the power of Japan’s K computer, scientists from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science and collaborators have shown that incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals—ten minutes in the case of this study—into weather prediction models can significantly improve the rainfall predictions of the models and allow more precise predictions of the rapid development of a typhoon...(Click to read more)



Clean and green: a moss that removes lead (Pb) from water

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) in Japan have demonstrated that that moss can be a green alternative for decontaminating polluted water and soil. Published in PLOS ONE, the study shows that in particular, the moss Funaria hygrometrica tolerates and absorbs an impressive amount of lead (Pb) from water...(Click to read more)



The brain's GPS has a buddy system

To be successful as a social animal, you need to know where you stand relative to others. Brain cells that perform precisely this function—locating the 'self' and others in space—have now been identified. In rats, the same brain area that stores the animal’s own location also maps the movements of other rats. Sometimes these representations are processed jointly by the same cells, depending on a rat’s goals and actions. This discovery, from Japan’s RIKEN Brain Science Institute, deepens our understanding of the hippocampus and its role as the brain’s...(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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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)
Precise cancer risk estimation based upon measurement of mutations and aberrant DNA methylation accumulated in normal tissues

A research group at the National Cancer Center of Japan has developed a new method that can measure rare point mutations accumulated in normal tissues. The research group further measured point mutations and aberrant DNA methylation levels in normal esophageal and gastric mucosa with different levels of cancer risk. The group found that accumulation of both mutations and aberrant DNA methylation was associated with esophageal squamous cell cancer (ESCC) risk, and accumulation of methylation only with gastric cancer risk...(Click to read more: English | Japanese)


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Scientists culture human placenta stem cells for first time

In a milestone achievement for better understanding the development and function of the human placenta, scientists have derived and grown trophoblast stem cells for the first time. Led by Takahiro Arima, a professor of informative genetics at the Tohoku University School of Medicine in Japan, the research team published their results in Cell Stem Cell, a journal published by the International Society for Stem Cell Research. The team also includes scientists from the Medical Institute of Bioregulation at Kyushu University, "Trophoblast cells play an essential role in the interactions between the fetus and mother," wrote Arima. These cells...(Click to read more: English | Japanese)


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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. 105 January 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

    © 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)

    Upcoming Events at JCC

    19.02.2018 Let's Talk About Japan ~ Four Lessons from the 2011 Tsunami ~
    13.02.2018 Japanese Manga X Anime in Singapore by Lim Cheng Tju and Mishelle Lim
    12.02.2018 Amazing Japan ~ Japan through the eyes of Japan Exchange Programme Participants ~
    09.02.2018 - 10.02.2018 Kimono: Comparison & Alteration - A lecture & performance on new movement & tradition of Japanese Kimono culture @ JCC & library@esplanade

    Supported Events

    16.11.2017 - 01.04.2018 Anime X Stamps @ Singapore Philatelic Museum

    Related Events

    06.04.2018 - 08.04.2018 Aikido Shinju-Kai 30th Anniversary 2.5 Day Seminar @ Our Tampines Hub
    23.03.2018 - 25.03.2018 True Colours Festival (PDF)
    11.02.2018 Japanese Martial Arts & Traditional Performing Arts by Nippon Sport Science University @ Toa Payoh Sports Hall
    28.01.2018 - 07.02.2018 Singapore International Violin Competition (SIVC) 2018 Live Rounds
    OPEN CALL: 6th Singapore International Photography Festival (Deadline: 31 March 2018)
    Digital Light Canvas @ Marina Bay Sands


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