JCC E-Magazine June 2020

(All made by Akasaka Shiono, Photos by Takeuchi Akio)


We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. Although JCC is unable to organise physical events, we successfully held our first-ever Japanese movie watch party online! Besides that, we are actively sharing information and activities on both our Facebook and Instagram. For this month's E-Magazine issue, please enjoy our cultural articles about wagashi (Japanese traditional sweets) and fireworks in Japan.

Feel free to let us know if you want to learn more about any Japan-related topics, and we look forward to welcoming all of you back at JCC once the situation takes a turn for the better!

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...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Japanese movie watch party:『37 Seconds』

Our first-ever Japanese movie watch party was held successfully last Friday, 22 May 2020! Nearly 100 audience members turned up online for both the screening of 『37 Seconds』 and live Q&A discussion with director Hikari who joined us from Los Angeles. This event was held in collaboration with the Singapore Film...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Articles

Sweet Tooth: Wagashi for Every Occasion

From cakes to parfaits and pudding, Western confectionaries enjoy immense popularity in Japan as souvenirs or as delicious mid-day treat at a café. But Japan also has a history of traditional cakes and sweets, the legacy and popularity of which endures even till today. These traditional sweets, known as wagashi, come in various designs and colours, making them not only a treat for the...(Click here to read more)


Colourful Summer Nights: Fireworks in Japan

Summer days in Japan are hot and humid; the heat from the sun beats down relentlessly, bringing the temperatures close to 35ºC at its peak. When night falls, however, the summer skies are often filled with the iridescent colours and lively sounds of fireworks. Fireworks festivals, known as hanabi taikai (花火大会) in Japanese, are a staple of Japanese summers, and are held all over...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for June

© Kyodo

Ayu Season

Around June marks the first day of ayu season in Japan. On this day hordes of people eager to catch some ayu, or sweetfish, grab their fishing rods in the morning and head for the rivers and streams. Fishing for ayu is prohibited except during a specified season, to make sure the ayu remains a plentiful species. The official season may sometimes start on different dates in different areas of the country, depending on how large the ayu grows. The season runs until September or as late as December, depending on the area of Japan and the particular river or stream...(Click here to read more)


Calling for Application: The 14th Japan International MANGA Award (Application Deadline: 19 June 2020)
[CANCELLED] July 2020 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in Singapore
[CANCELLED] Japanese Speech Contest 2020
Information on Invitation for Application: The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund
■ The Japan Foundation grant program for FY2019 (Japanese / English)
Enjoy Free Japanese Lessons here on NHK World!

Notices regarding the COVID-19 situation

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