JCC E-Magazine February 2021

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Marking the start of a new year, JCC is pleased to host an exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 in February. There will also be an online Ikebana demonstration. So we hope everyone can join us, whether in person or online!

For this month's cultural articles, please enjoy learning more about the unique topics of Wagyu, and high quality brushes and ink produced in Nara Prefecture. In continuation to last month's interview, we also have an indepth interview with Ms Reiko Kasai, a Managing Director at Lighting Planners Associates (LPA), and the founders of WOHA Architects.

Director's Message


As we ease into the New Year, JCC has started making plans for new programmes in the coming months! For example, this February, JCC will be hosting an exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135. It has been some time since we have been able to have Ikebana on display at our premises, and I am excited to see the sorts of creative arrangements the members will come up with. NAKED, INC. will also be adding to this creativity, so that visitors can take photos and videos with their AR (augmented reality) camera application. Seeing both physical and digital blooming flowers in the face of adversity is also sure to give us...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Ceramic Expressions

Director of JCC, Mr Toru Furugori joined the Guest of Honour Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, Chair of National Heritage Board for the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Edition of Ceramic Expressions by Mulan Gallery at The Substation on 21 January 2021. First started in 2017, Ceramic Expressions is an annual open submission pottery exhibition that seeks to foster new explorations in ceramic art. JCC also co-organised the 2nd edition in 2018. The central...(Click here to read more)

Hatsugama Tea Ceremony 2021 by Urasenke (裏千家) Singapore

On 28 January, His Excellency Ambassador Jun Yamazaki attended the Hatsugama Tea Ceremony held at The Japanese Association Singapore (JAS). Hatsugama (初釜) means ‘first kettle’ and refers to the first tea ceremony of the year. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Singapore Association. Guests enjoyed a bowl of tea, preceded by a light meal, and appreciated the gracious hospitality...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Articles

Premium Eats: An Introduction to Wagyu

“Wagyu”: just the mention of this delicacy is enough to get gourmands and meat lovers salivating. The term wagyu (和牛) actually refers not to the food, but to cattle breeds that are unique to Japan. These include the Japanese Black Cattle, Japanese Brown Cattle, Japanese Shorthorn Cattle, Japanese Polled Cattle, and any crossbreeds between the aforementioned breeds of cattle. The high quality meat that these cattle produce are beef brands...(Click here to read more)

Inking the History of Nara Prefecture

墨は餓鬼に磨らせ、筆は鬼に持たせよ (sumi wa gaki ni surase, fude wa oni ni motaseyo) “Grind your inkstick gently, but move your brush vigorously.” -- This saying is a reminder to be aware of one’s conduct when practicing calligraphy, but it also features two of the art form’s most important implements: brush and ink. The art of calligraphy, or shodo (書道) as it is known in Japanese, is an art form that focuses on the beauty and balance of written...(Click here to read more)

Featured Article of the Month

Lighting Up Singapore - Interview With Reiko Kasai and WOHA

In continuation to JCC's interview with Reiko Kasai, a Managing Director at Lighting Planners Associates (LPA) in last month's E-Magazine issue, JCC also sat in a talk session that Reiko Kasai had with Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell, two founding members of WOHA.

Japan Creative Centre (JCC): How did...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for February

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Risshun, which falls in early February, is the first day of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar. According to the calendar used in the East since ancient times, risshun marks the beginning of spring, rikka (early May) the beginning of summer, risshu (early August) the beginning of autumn, and ritto (early November) the beginning of winter. The dates of risshun, rikka, risshu, and ritto are different from year to year.

Until it adopted the Gregorian calendar in...(Click here to read more)

Related Events

17.02.2021 Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 Zoom Workshop: When Haribana Meets Ikebana by Bernard Tay and Harijanto Setiawan
15.01.2021 - 21.02.2021 INTO THE WOODS: Okuyamato Craft from Nara @ LUMINE Singapore


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