JCC E-Magazine March 2018

KIMONO: Comparison & Alteration


As we ushered in the Lunar New Year, JCC joined in the festive celebrations for Chingay 2018. In addition to that, we also held a colourful myriad of events highlighting traditional and contemporary kimono, the charms and wonders of Fukuoka and Okinawa, the 2011 tsunami, and even the manga and anime scene in Singapore. Not forgetting our popular JCC Cinema screenings, we were delighted to hold welcome film enthusiasts once more at JCC.

Our next exhibition is in collaboration with the Japanese University Graduate Association of Singapore (JUGAS), and features the latest collection of art and design works by Japan-trained Singaporean lifestyle product designer and artist Ros Lee, inspired by the Japanese traditional festival “‘Hinamatsuri”. Be sure to join us at JCC for the Polkaros Hinamatsuri exhibition, talk and special “Hinamatsuri” design workshop!

Director's Message

Happy Lunar New Year!

I hope that it has been a prosperous start to the Lunar New Year for everyone. I can certainly say that it was a flourishing one, as far as JCC’s events are concerned. As always, it was a great delight to introduce the different layers of Japanese culture. Whether it was presenting the local charms of the Fukuoka and Okinawa prefectures, showcasing the traditional and modern Kimono styles, or reflecting on the lessons learnt from the 2011 Great...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

The Wonders of Fukuoka

The exclusive promotion event “The Wonders of Fukuoka” was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Wednesday, 7th February 2018. The purpose of this event was to convey the various appeals of Fukuoka for its tourism, cuisine, youth and pop culture that Fukuoka Prefecture promotes through multilingual pop culture website “asianbeat”. At the start, a tourism seminar was given by the Tourism Bureau of Fukuoka Prefecture. This was...(Click here to read more)

KIMONO: Comparison & Alteration

A lecture and performance entitled KIMONO: Comparison & Alternation was held at both JCC (Japan Creative Centre) and library@esplanade on 9 & 10 February 2018, by Japanese Dance Grand Master Guraku Akifusa, together with his manager and interpreter Ms Eri Nakajima. At JCC, the Grand Master shared about the history and evaluation of Kimono that surrounds the design, diversification of lifestyle, industrialization...(Click here to read more)

Amazing Japan ~ Japan through the eyes of Japan Exchange Programme Participants ~

On 12 February, the Amazing Japan – Japan through the eyes of Japan Exchange Programme Participants was held at Japan Creative Centre. JENESYS 2017 Program participants from Temasek Poly as well as IATSS Forum Singapore shared their experience with the audience from the Japan exchange journey. At the end of the event, the participants also enthusiastically...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Manga X Anime in Singapore

On 13 February 2018, JCC (Japan Creative Centre) hosted an exclusive talk session on Japanese manga and anime. Mr Lim Cheng Tju, a comic reviewer, and Ms Mishelle Lim, a curator at Singapore Philatelic Museum, shared very interesting presentations relating to manga and anime in Singapore. Mr Lim gave a presentation of the history of manga and anime consumption in Singapore, and how consumers interact and respond...(Click here to read more)

Let's Talk About Japan ~ Four Lessons from the 2011 Tsunami ~

It was an insightful evening at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on 19th February 2018, as guests were engaged in a meaningful sharing session and discussion revolving around the 2011 tsunami. Dr Naomi Aoki, Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore...(Click here to read more)

Spirit of Okinawa ~ The Tastes of its Exotic Charm ~

Many joined the exclusive event “Spirit of Okinawa ~ The Tastes of its Exotic Charm ~”, held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Tuesday, 20th February 2018. Jointly organised by JCC and the Okinawa Prefectural Government Singapore Representative Office (SGOkinawa.go) , it was the first event in Singapore held to promote and raise the profile of Okinawa’s traditional spirit, Awamori. Around 90 guests enjoyed the night filled with...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 62: Jimami Tofu

We were delighted to present our first JCC Cinema of the year on 24 February 2018, with the screening of Jimami Tofu, a co-production featured film between award-winning production company BananaMana Films and the Okinawa Film Office. Shot in Okinawa and Singapore, the intertwining romance, food and the theme of homecoming surrounding the film in homage to Okinawa, its village life and traditional Ryukyu cuisine, take...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 63 & Talk Session: I Want To Go Home

On 26 February 2018, JCC welcomed a full house of audience members who came to see the documentary “I Want To Go Home”. This documentary is part of multi-disciplinary project in which Singaporean filmmaker Wesley Leon Aroozoo directed this documentary, and wrote a novel on the story of Mr Yasuo Takamatsu, who lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan Earthquake. Before the screening...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Traditional Dance Workshop by Naya Reitoku at NUS Utown

On 14 February JCC collaborated with NUS Japanese Studies Society (NUS JSS) to hold a traditional Japanese dance workshop over at NUS Utown. This workshop was conducted by Grand Master Naya Reitoku of Reitoku Kai and participants from both NUS and the public were introduced to the history of traditional Japanese as well as dance demonstration of different styles. During the last segment, all participants also get to participant...(Click here to read more)


Chingay 2018

Chingay Parade 2018 was held on 23 and 24 February and H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda together with staff from JCC (Japan Creative Centre) participated in the 2-day celebrations as part of The Japanese Association, Singapore contingent. Organised by The People's Association, the Chingay Parade has been held annually to celebrate Chinese New Year since 1973...(Click here to read more)


Visit by the Japanese School Singapore (Clementi)

Secondary students of the Japanese School Singapore (Clementi) visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on Friday, 2nd February 2018. Deputy Director Mr Kazunori Matsunaga welcomed and introduced to them the functions and activities of JCC and Embassy of Japan in Singapore, as well as the situation of the Japanese community in Singapore. The students also enjoyed ~間~ The MA Project: A joint exhibition by Sachiyo Sharma &...(Click here to view more)

Ambassador’s Visit to Tampines West Community Club

Our Ambassador H.E. Kenji Shinoda had a lunch with Minister Masagos Zulkifli and visited Tampines West Community Club on Saturday, 10 February. They discussed about possible future collaborations between JCC (Japan Creative Centre) and the CC, such as movie screenings and other cultural activities. Do stay tuned for more updates and catch our...(Click here to view more)

Visit by Kinjo Gakuin University

On 1 March 2018, 12 students and a teacher from Kinjo Gakuin University visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre). They were greeted by Third Secretary Ms Chihiro Ono, who gave them an introduction to Singapore and the functions of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore. Ms Ono also introduced them to the activities of JCC, and shared a video with them of the SJ50 Matsuri which was organised in 2016 to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations...(Click here to view more)

Featured Article of the Month

Post-Trip Report JENESYS 2017 By Ms Chan Yi En, Claire

In December 2017, I was given the opportunity to engage in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme. I am honoured to be part of the third batch of Singaporeans to participate in this programme, and have learnt much about Japan and its culture through the course of one week. I will categorise my learnings into three...(Click here to read more)


Science and Technology Connecting People By Ms Chon Hui Min

Stepping out of the terminal at Tokyo Haneda Airport after an eight-hour long flight, I stood transfixed at the imposing sight of Mt Fuji, its snow-capped peak a stark contrast to the brilliant blue of the morning sky. “Lucky you!” Our tour guide said. “It is usually difficult to see Mt Fuji as it is always shrouded by fog but today is a clear day.” I took it as the positive sign it was, a great...(Click here to read more)

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Japanese Cultural Fact for March

© Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Hina Matsuri

March 3 is Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival or Girls' Festival), when people pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. Families with young daughters mark this day by setting up a display of dolls inside the house. They offer rice crackers and other food to the dolls. The dolls wear costumes of the imperial court during the Heian period (794-1185) and are placed on a tiered platform covered with red felt. The size of the dolls and number of...(Click here to read more)

Science & Technology Information in Japan

© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Laser Link Communications Technology and Kibo Cooperative Research Agreement by JAXA, Sony CSL and Sony

National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (hereafter known as JAXA, President: Naoki Okumura), Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (hereafter known as Sony CSL, President and Chief Executive Officer: Hiroaki Kitano) and Sony Corporation (hereafter known as Sony: President and Chief Executive Officer: Kazuo Hirai) made a cooperative research agreement with respect to conducting the on-orbit demonstrations of laser communications system. This research to be executed in the Kibo module on the...(Click to read more)


© Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

ISEF2 Side Events, Y-ISEF and I-ISEF

Official side events to the Second International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2), to be held on March 3, 2018. Y-ISEF, organized by Ministry of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is for young professionals and I-ISEF, organized by the Cabinet Office, MEXT, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and JAXA is for industries...(Click to read more)


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Shiseido Conducts Joint Research on Stress in Closed-off Environment Simulating the International Space Station (ISS)

Shiseido Company, Limited ("Shiseido") and National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have conducted a joint research using a closed-off chamber environment training facility ("the isolation chamber") in JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center and observed a disruption in the circadian rhythm of salivary stress hormone (cortisol) and an increased distortion in facial expression during the stay in the isolation chamber...(Click to read more)



Deep-brain exploration with nanomaterial

You can’t peer very far down into a well or below the surface of the ocean before things go dark—light does not penetrate to such depths. Though the brain is far from bottomless, neuroscientists face the same lack of light when they try to study living deep-brain structures. This is especially frustrating given that optogenetics, a method for manipulating genetically tagged brain cells with light, has exploded in popularity over the past decade. “Optogenetics has been a revolutionary tool for controlling neurons...(Click to read more)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

SAKURA Exchange Program in Science (SSP) by JST

Asia is undergoing a period of dramatic progress. Promoting science and technology is a key engine to materialize a bright future of Asia and it is vitally important to enhance the exchange of Japanese and Asian youths who will play a crucial role in the field of science and technology. Based on this concept, “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science” (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) is the program for enhancing exchanges between Asia and Japan of the youths who will play a crucial role in the future field of science and technology through the close collaboration of industry-academia-government by facilitating short-term visits of competent Asian youths to Japan. (Click here to read more: Website | High School Student Special Course Videos | Pamphlet)


© Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Miraikan -Exhibition Guide

Miraikan is a place where we can understand the things happening in our world today from a scientific point of view, and have discussions while considering the future that awaits us. In addition to exhibitions that provide people with a chance to enjoy hands-on contact with science and technology, Miraikan's colorful line-up of offerings includes experienced based classes, and talks. Visitors can experience the technological progress of today, from simple day-to-day questions, to the latest technologies, the global environment, space exploration and...(Click here to read more: Website | Video)


© Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP)
Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies

Since FY2015, Kyoto University has launched “Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP): Promotion of Sustainable Development Research” within the framework of the Collaboration Hubs for International Research Program (CHIRP) 2015 funded by the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). This project promotes research that can be...(Click to read more)


© Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
FY 2018 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) – Joint Call for “Health Research: Infectious Diseases, Cancer Research”

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for FY 2018 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP) in “Health Research: Infectious Diseases, Cancer Research”. research area. The e-ASIA Joint Research Program (hereinafter referred to as the “e-ASIA JRP”) aims to develop a vibrant and collaborative research community in Science and Technology, to promote innovation in the East Asian region, and to contribute to the region’s economic development. (Click here to read more)


© National Cancer Center, Kyoto University, RIKEN, The University of Tokyo, The Francis Crick Institute, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
A secondary RET mutation in the activation loop conferring resistance to vandetanib through allosteric effects (National Cancer Center Japan)

The National Cancer Center, Kyoto University, RIKEN, the Francis Crick Institute and other institutions today announced elucidation of a novel mechanism underlying acquired resistance to RET tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) in lung cancer. Resistance to vandetanib, a type I RET kinase inhibitor, developed in a patient with metastatic LADCs with RET fusion that initially exhibited a response to treatment. The resistant tumor acquired a secondary mutation resulting in a serine-to-phenylalanine substitution at codon 904 in the activation loop of the RET kinase domain. The S904F mutation confers resistance to vandetanib by increasing the ATP affinity and autophosphorylation activity of RET kinase. A reduced interaction with drug is also observed for the S904F mutant by thermal shift assay, supported by molecular dynamics simulation. A crystal structure of the S904F mutant reveals a small hydrophobic core around F904 likely to enhance basal kinase activity by stabilizing an active conformer. Our findings indicate that missense mutations in the activation loop of the kinase domain are able to increase kinase activity and confer drug resistance through allosteric effects...(Click here to read more)


© Hokkaido University, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
Very long-chain lipids could help prevent dry eye disease (Hokkaido University)

Very long-chain lipids in the most superficial layer of the tear film cause severe dry eye disease when they were shortened in mice — a result that could help develop new drugs for the disease. The research team led by Akio Kihara of Hokkaido University created mice whose Elovl1 gene, which encodes an enzyme that elongates fatty acid chains, was deleted from everywhere but the skin, knowing that knocking out the gene in the skin is lethal. The team observed that when young, the knockout mice blinked frequently and exhibited signs of dry eye disease, such as increased water evaporation from the tear film. After five months, many of the mice developed cloudy corneas...(Click here to read more)


© Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
Singapore A*STAR is offering various scholarship

Singapore A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) with whom AMED signed the Memorandum of Cooperation is offering various scholarships such as:

  • SIPGA: Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award
  • ARAP: A*STAR Research Attachment Programme
  • SINGA: Singapore International Graduate Award

    These scholarships welcome international students, including who are from Japan. Please visit the links above for further information. (Click here to read more)

  • Education Information in Japan

    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Guide book "Student Guide to Japan"

    "Student Guide to Japan" is an essential book for international students planning to study in Japan.

    (Click to read more: English | Mandarin)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Pamphlet on Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2017-2018

    "Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2017-2018" contains details about scholarships provided by various organisations that have responded to a questionnaire survey carried out by JASSO. (Click here to read more)

    Free student counselling at the Embassy of Japan

    Our new Student Advisor Ms Regina provides free student counselling for people interested in studying in Japan. The counselling will be held at the Embassy of Japan, 16 Nassim Road, Singapore 258390. No appointment is necessary. Please call 62358855 if you have any queries. There will be no counselling sessions on Embassy holidays. (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Job Hunting Guide for International Students

    Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2018 was released by Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO). (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 106 February 9th, 2018

    Japan Student Service Organisation (JASSO) publishes Japan Alumni eNews every month. The contents are as follows:

    1. Life in Japan by Photo
    2. Alumni News
    3. Academic News
    4. Business News (Job Hunting)
    5. Visit Japan
    6. NIPPON Information
    7. JASSO News
    8. From the Editor

    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

    The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is used to evaluate whether international students who wish to study at the undergraduate level at universities or other such higher educational institutions in Japan possess the Japanese language skills and the basic academic abilities needed to study at those institutions. (Guidelines for the 2017 EJU | (Click here to read more))


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Study in Japan Fair

    JASSO holds Study in Japan Fairs outside Japan with participation of Japanese universities to provide information on study in Japan to high school students, university students and educators.

    Target: High school students, university students and graduate students.
    Exhibitors: Japanese universities
    (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Search for Japanese schools (graduate schools, universities and junior colleges)

    Information related to application qualifications, major field of studies, medium of instruction and on-campus scholarships of Japanese graduate schools, universities and junior colleges is available for searching through Excel files posted online. (Click here to read more)


    © Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    Study in English at Japanese university

    © Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
    EDU-Port Japan

    EDU-Port Japan is a public-private, nationwide initiative to proactively disseminate Japanese-style education overseas by providing a platform from which the public and private sectors collaborate in achieving this objective. The platform is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and many other organizations including NGOs and private businesses.
    (Click here to read more)


    © Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
    Top Global University Project

    Since 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been carrying out the Top Global University Project to provide prioritized support to those universities that are leading the internationalization of Japan’s education by launching new programs to encourage and deepen interactions and partnerships with the world’s top universities, reforming personnel and educational systems, enhancing educational systems to help students develop the ability to act globally and accelerating other globalization initiatives. Under the Top Global University Project, 13 universities were selected as Type A (Top Type) universities that are conducting world-leading education and research and 24 universities were selected as Type B (Global Traction Type) universities that are leading the globalization of Japanese society. These 37 universities have been working hard on internationalization and university reform. (Click here to read more)

    Top global university project Outline Flyer is as follows: https://tgu.mext.go.jp/en/downloads/pdf/sgu_flier.pdf

    Upcoming Events at JCC

    03.03.2018 - 17.03.2018 Polkaros Hinamatsuri
    02.03.2018 - 18.03.2018 Japanese Film Festival (Singapore) 2018 @ National Museum of Singapore, The Gallery Theatre

    Supported Events

    16.11.2017 - 01.04.2018 Anime X Stamps @ Singapore Philatelic Museum

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    23.03.2018 - 25.03.2018 True Colours Festival (PDF)
    OPEN CALL: 6th Singapore International Photography Festival (Deadline: 31 March 2018)
    Digital Light Canvas @ Marina Bay Sands


    Guided walk in Japanese (Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve)
    ■ The Japan Foundation grant program for FY2018 (Japanese / English)
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