JCC E-Magazine March 2019

Crescent Moon in the Rising Sun: TAMU 2018 Sharing Session


We hope that everyone had a wonderful Lunar New Year! It was a delight to have held an insightful sharing session at JCC by Talk on Muslims series (TAMU) 2018 Singaporean participants, in conjunction with The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Nissin Foods. Two participants shared more about their experience in Japan, and everyone also had the chance to try delicious Halal ramen.

For the month of March, JCC looks forwards to seeing you at Sakura Matsuri at Gardens By The Bay. At our All Japan Booth, we will disseminate all forms of information about Japan – be it tourism, trade and investment, innovation, local charms, culture, education and the JR system. You can also pen down your wishes on decorative tanabata paper! See you there!

Director's Message


It’s finally spring again! Together with a myriad of blooms, the spring breeze brings with it a multitude of exciting programmes for our Friends of JCC. February saw JCC involved in programmes that celebrated Singapore’s multi-ethnic community alongside Japanese aesthetics. We took part in Chinese New Year celebrations with the various Ikebana societies, where traditional Singaporean Chinese practices intertwined perfectly with the...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Crescent Moon in the Rising Sun: TAMU 2018 Sharing Session

A sharing session by Talk on Muslims series (TAMU) 2018 Singaporean participants entitled ‘Crescent Moon in the Rising Sun – Conversations on Japan's impression about Muslims: Reality & Misconceptions’ was held yesterday on Wednesday, 13 February at JCC (Japan Creative Centre), in conjunction with The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Nissin Foods. Ms Saina Nemoto...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Hello Spring! @ ABC Cooking Studio

Japan Creative Centre (JCC) was invited to a special ABC Studio 1 Day Lesson, Hello Spring! on 15 February 2019. In collaboration with Tochigi, Gunma and Kochi prefectures, the cooking lesson featured sponsored ingredients including Udo (Japanese Spikenard), Buntan (Japanese pomelo), Yuzu Juice, Yamatoimo (Yamato yam), Gunma Meigetsu (Apple from Gunma), Yayoihime (Strawberries from Gunma) and Naoshichi (Citrus juice from Kochi) to...(Click here to read more)

Sogetsu Chinese New Year

Singapore Sogetsu Association organised a special Chinese New Year luncheon at the Shangri-la Ballroom on Thursday, 15 February 2019. The event kicked off with a floral demonstration by Mrs Tsng Bee Lan, Advisor of Singapore Sogetsu Association, followed by the presentation of a cheque donation to the Singapore Children’s Society, traditional Chinese New Year festivities such as Lo-hei, and a visit by the God of Fortune...(Click here to read more)

Chingay 2019

Chingay Parade 2019 was held on 15 and 16 February and H.E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki along with Mrs Junko Yamazaki participated in the second day celebration as part of The Japanese Association, Singapore contingent. Organised by the Peoples’ Association, the Chingay Parade has been held annually to celebrate the Lunar New Year since 1973. The theme...(Click here to read more)


Visit by NYP Nihongo Partner Ms Yoshimi Sekioka

On 13 February 2019, NYP Nihongo Partner Ms Yoshimi Sekioka visited JCC to greet JCC Director Ms Akiko Sugita and Second Secretary Ms Saina Nemoto. Ms Sekioka is returning to Japan after a year as a Nihongo Partner at Nanyang Polytechnic, a programme that is supported by the Japan Foundation. She has also been a great supporter of JCC, taking part and even volunteering at many of JCC’s events. JCC wishes her a smooth journey back to Japan and all the best in her future endeavours! (Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for March

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Vernal Equinox Day and Higan

March 20 or 21 is Shunbun no Hi, or Vernal Equinox Day, a day when the sun crosses the equator making night and day equal in length. It's a national holiday in Japan, a day to commune with nature and to show our affection for all living things. The seven-day period starting three days before Vernal Equinox Day and ending three days after is called higan. Higan, which also occurs around Autumnal Equinox Day, is - along with New Year's and the bon festival in the summer - a time when we pay our respects to ancestors. Visits are made to the family grave, cleaning it and offering flowers and incense to console ancestral spirits. Following Vernal Equinox Day...(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

Calling for participants for Japanese Speech Contest 2019!
16.03.2019 JCC Cinema 71: Mary and The Witch's Flower (PG) @ Woodlands Regional Library
15.03.2019 Envisioning Future World with teamLab: A talk by Mr Takuya Takei of teamLab

Supported Events

09.03.2019 - 31.03.2019 Sakura Matsuri 2019 @ Gardens By The Bay
21.03.2019 Happiness Film Festival: Survival Family @ The Projector

Related Events

20.09.2019 - 02.11.2019 Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan
Digital Light Canvas @ Marina Bay Sands


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