JCC E-Magazine January 2021


Opening Ceremony of Japanese Film Festival Singapore 2020

Overview

Despite a difficult year, we were glad to end off 2020 with a resounding note. It was wonderful to see everyone again at both the exhibition “The Beauty of Ise Shima Akoya Pearl ~ The Grand Prix of Akoya Pearl Jewellery 2020 Singapore Edition ~” and the Japanese Film Festival Singapore 2020. We hope that through these two events, you were able to enjoy a taste of Japan and Japanese culture once again.

As we enter a new year, JCC will continue to present different angles of Japan and Japanese in a safe and secure manner. Do stay tuned to our updates on our Facebook and Instagram!


Director's Message

Happy New Year! 新年あけましておめでとうございます。

December was a memorable month for us. After putting physical activities on hold for almost half a year, we were able to return with two very exciting events. At JCC, we were able to welcome guests again at “The Beauty of Ise Shima Akoya Pearl ~ The Grand Prix of Akoya Pearl Jewellery 2020 Singapore Edition ~”. It was heartening to see new visitors and familiar faces visiting the exhibition to learn more about Akoya Pearls. We were also very encouraged to know see guests participating in the online talks organised as part of the exhibition. Once again, I would also like to congratulate all the winners of the competition that happened...(Click here to read more)



JCC Events

Virtual Opening Ceremony & Tour of “The Beauty of Ise Shima Akoya Pearl ~ The Grand Prix of Akoya Pearl Jewellery 2020 Singapore Edition ~”

“The Beauty of Ise Shima Akoya Pearl ~ The Grand Prix of Akoya Pearl Jewellery 2020 Singapore Edition ~” was opened at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on 3 December 2020. In order to adhere to the COVID-19 safety measures, the Virtual Opening Ceremony & Tour was shown via Facebook Live...(Click here to read more)

 
Talk on the Beauty of Ise Shima ~ Discover Mie Prefecture ~

Japan Creative Centre (JCC) held an online talk on 5 December 2020 about the sights of Mie Prefecture with Ms Maiko Makito from Pearl Falco as the speaker. During the Facebook Live session on 5 December, Ms Makito shared about the beautiful scenery, local delicacies and unique experiences that Mie Prefecture has to offer, accompanied by videos specially...(Click here to read more)

 
Talk on Pearl Cultivation and Pearl Grades

Japan Creative Centre (JCC) held two online talks on 9 and 19 December 2020 respectively regarding pearl cultivation and grades, with Ms Maiko Makito from Pearl Falco as the speaker. During the online talk on 9 December, Ms Makito gave an informative presentation about cultured pearls and how to differentiate the various grades of pearl, while showing numerous samples. The participants were intrigued and asked many...(Click here to read more)

 
Opening Ceremony of Japanese Film Festival Singapore 2020

Japanese Film Festival Singapore 2020 was opened at Shaw Theatres Lido on Thursday, 10 December 2020. The movie Bento Harassment, a funny yet heartwarming and touching film directed by Tsukamoto Rempei was the opening film. H.E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki and Mrs. Yamazaki, together with Mr. Kenneth Tan, Chairman of the Singapore Film Society and his wife, graced the opening and attended the screening. They were greeted by Mr...(Click here to read more)



Visits

Ambassador's Visit to “The Beauty of Ise Shima Akoya Pearl ~ The Grand Prix of Akoya Pearl Jewellery 2020 Singapore Edition ~”

On 4 December 2020, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, H.E. Jun Yamazaki, visited Japan Creative Centre (JCC) to see the exhibition “The Beauty of Ise Shima Akoya Pearl ~ The Grand Prix of Akoya Pearl Jewellery 2020 Singapore Edition ~.” Ms. Maiko Makito, the Managing Director and Co-owner of Pearl...(Click here to read more)
 
Courtesy Call by SSEAYP International Singapore

New Executive Committee members of SSEAYP International Singapore, including Mr Fong Yoong Kheong, President of SIS, paid a courtesy call to JCC (Japan Creative Centre) Director Mr Toru Furugori and Second Secretary Ms Haruna Mori. They discussed with Mr Furugori and Ms Mori about the possible future collaborations. They also enjoyed the Pearl exhibition and casted their vote for the competition which the results will be...(Click here to read more)



Cultural Articles

Lucky Bags: Finding Fortune in Leftovers

残り物には福がある(nokorimono ni wa fuku ga aru) Have you heard of this saying? Directly translated, this means ‘There is fortune in leftovers.’ The Japanese have many traditions to welcome good fortune in the New Year; homes are decorated with arrangements of bamboo, pine, and plum, known as kadomatsu (門松), and kagami-mochi (鏡もち); sumptuous spreads of...(Click here to read more)

 

Hakone Ekiden: Running Into the New Year

When one thinks of winter sports, surely images of skiing, snowboarding, and figure skating are what come to mind. However, did you know that one of the most popular sporting events that happens in the cold of the New Year is a long-distance relay? The Tokyo-Hakone Ofuku Daigaku Ekiden (known colloquially as the Hakone Ekiden) is a two-day relay race that takes place every...(Click here to read more)



Featured Article of the Month

Lighting Up Singapore - Interview With Reiko Kasai

JCC interviewed Reiko Kasai, a Managing Director at Lighting Planners Associates (LPA). She was born and raised in Tokyo, but has been working and living in Singapore for 20 years now.

Japan Creative Centre (JCC): What were your thoughts when you were told that you’d be relocated...(Click here to read more)



Japanese Cultural Fact for January


© The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Coming-of-Age Day

The second Monday of January is Coming-of-Age Day, a national holiday to encourage those who have newly entered adulthood to become self-reliant members of society.

Municipal governments host special coming-of-age ceremonies for 20-year-olds, since an "adult" in Japan is legally defined as one who is 20 or over. In Japan, the legal smoking and drinking age is 20. But along with these rights come new responsibilities as well, and so age 20 is a big turning point for the Japanese...(Click here to read more)


Related Events

27.01.2021 Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 Zoom Workshop: An Infusion of Japanese Tradition “Mizuhiki” into Chinese New Year Floral Displays


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