JCC E-Magazine July 2021

Wasabi fields © photoAC


JCC successfully held “JCC Cinema 82: Okko’s Inn”, as well as the second gold-leafing workshop session entirely online last month. Even though we are unable to gather in physical spaces to experience Japanese culture together, we hope that everyone enjoyed a slice of Japanese culture at home.

For this month’s Kizuna Story, JCC interviewed Clement Onn, Senior Curator at the Asian Civilisations Museum. We are also taking a closer look at Olympics medals, and Shizuoka's wasabi cultivation for this month's cultural articles.

Director's Message


In Japan, summertime means delightful seasonal fruits like watermelon and peaches come into season. Here in Singapore, I am happy to be able to experience durian season! Time flies – I remember having my first taste of durian here just a year ago. I hope to eat more delicious durian again this year.

This past June, we held another online gold-leafing workshop together with the Ishikawa Prefectural Government Office. We were heartened to once again see so many participants enjoying themselves during the activity, and we hope that those who...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Go for Gold ~ Gold-leafing online workshop by Ishikawa Prefectural Government Office ~

The second gold-leafing online workshop was held in collaboration with Ishikawa Prefectural Government Office on 14 June 2021. It was led by Mr Sakthibalan, the current division Manager of Ishikawa Prefectural Office in Singapore. Over 60 participants enjoyed creating their own unique tumbler, decorated with...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Articles

Let the Games Begin! Recycling Metals for Olympic Medals

Every four years, the world comes together to spectate the world’s biggest sporting event: the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games! The Games had its genesis in sports competitions that the ancient Greeks held in Olympia, Greece but the modern iteration as a global sports event held every four years that many of us are familiar with only began in 1896. Only 14 nations...(Click here to read more)


Full of Zest: Shizuoka’s Wasabi Fields

Shizuoka is often described as verdant – though it is situated between the urban metropolises of Tokyo and Nagoya, Shizuoka is replete with nature’s bounties. Aside from the iconic Mt Fuji, Shizuoka is also well-known for its lush forests, pristine beaches, and natural hot springs. The prefecture’s climate and topography also make it a perfect place to cultivate agricultural products like...(Click here to read more)

Featured Article of the Month

Showcasing Japan in Singapore - Interview With Clement Onn

In this edition of Kizuna Story, JCC speaks to Clement Onn, Senior Curator (Asian Export Art & Peranakan) at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) to learn more about his close ties to Japan.

Tell us more about the Japanese-related projects you are involved with here, and how you have been promoting Japan in Singapore? (Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for July

© Kids Web Japan

Gion Festival

The Gion Festival is a spectacular event held at Yasaka Shrine in Japan's ancient city of Kyoto. Many people visit Kyoto each year just to attend this famous festival. The Gion festival and the Aoi festival are two of Kyoto's most famous festivals. The Gion Festival got started in the year 869, when a serious illness was sweeping through Kyoto. To stop the epidemic, the people offered prayers to the god of good health. They also erected 66 tall spears, representing the 66 provinces of Japan.

The Gion Festival is huge. The festivities go on for about a month. The high point of the Gion Festival is the parade of floats that takes place on July 17. There are two kinds of floats...(Click here to read more)

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