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Director's Message


My name is Toru Furugori and I am pleased to take up my new position as Director of Japan Creative Centre.

I would like to share a bit of myself to our Friends of JCC. I was previously stationed in the Czech Republic, a country renowned for their delicious beer. As such, I spent a lot of time in local pubs sampling their beer and enjoying the company of locals. It also was in these pubs that I learnt to speak Czech! It is said that beer opens the heart, and I hope to be able to connect with Singaporeans over a pint of the island's Tiger Beer during my time here. I also enjoyed playing rugby during my school days, so I am looking forward to watching some games as well.

In Prague, much of the city retains its medieval architecture. Although I have not been able to go out much yet, being greeted by the modern cityscape of Singapore overwhelmed me at first. Singapore is a country that gives off the impression of a forward-thinking, dynamic city-state that values its history and diversity. Rather than sadness, my friends in the Czech Republic expressed envy that I would be able to live in a country that has a high standard of living and delicious food.

There are many things that I’d like to try out during my time in Singapore. Food-wise, what I really want to try is Bak Kut Teh. It is a dish that I would like to learn to make myself as well. I would also like to try hiking up Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore’s highest point.

In the midst of the COVID-19 situation, I recognise the importance of communication and mutual understanding to help overcome difficulties. The same applies for cultural exchanges. Building on the work done by my predecessor Ms Sugita, I would like to continue organising events that can help to strengthen mutual understanding between Japan and Singapore. I especially would like to present events that show the lesser-known facets of Japanese popular culture, art, and music.

While we are unable to meet at the moment, we encourage everyone to stay tuned to JCC's and the Embassy's Facebook pages to remain up to date on our latest updates.

I look forward to meeting all of you at JCC soon, so please stay safe and healthy until then!

Toru Furugori
Director, Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
Embassy of Japan in Singapore

5th June 2020

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+65 6737 0434 / jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp
Nearest parking at Orchard Hotel & Delphi Orchard