JCC E-Magazine May 2021

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For this month's E-Magazine cultural articles, we are taking a closer look at Japan’s influence on mobile phone technology, as well as the agehama-style salt-making in the Noto Peninsula which was designated an intangible folk cultural asset of Ishikawa Prefecture. Feel free to let us know if you want to learn more about any Japan-related topics!

JCC will also be organising a series of gold-leafing online workshops in cooperation with Ishikawa Prefectural Government Office. The first session will take place on 22 May, so don't forget to register your interest!

Director's Message


As the seasons segue from spring to early summer this month, Japan will begin to warm up. However, before summer begins in earnest, there will be a brief season of rain known as tsuyu (梅雨). I’ve noticed that Singapore too experiences a monsoon season around this time of year. Despite the wet weather in both Japan and Singapore, it is my hope that JCC will be a source of cheerful sunshine this coming month!

This month, we will be working with Ishikawa Prefecture to present the next part of our Zoom In! Todofuken...(Click here to read more)


Ambassador's Visit to “LIFE IN EDO | RUSSEL WONG IN KYOTO”

On 15 April, H. E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki attended the opening preview of “LIFE IN EDO | RUSSEL WONG IN KYOTO” an exhibition at the ACM (Asian Civilisations Museum) in celebration of 55 years of Japan-Singapore relations. The Guest-of-Honour at the preview was Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore. Mr. Kennie Ting (ACM Director), Mr. Clement Onn (Chief curator of the exhibit) and Mr. Russel Wong (Singaporean photographer who’s works are featured prominently in the exhibit)...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Articles

Moshi moshi?: Japan’s Influence on Mobile Phone Technology

Cellphones, handphones, and mobile phones -- these names all refer to the same handy device that has become ubiquitous in our daily lives. Although many of us may be familiar with a handful of smartphone brands that are currently dominating the market, did you know that Japan had a hand in spearheading and revolutionising the mobile phone market? Between 1964 and 1972, Japan hosted several large-scale events. The 1964 Tokyo...(Click here to read more)

Salt-making in the Noto Peninsula

Jutting out from the mainland into the Sea of Japan, the Noto Peninsula cuts a lonely figure in the northern part of Ishikawa Prefecture. Although it is far from bustling cities and transport connections, it still draws many visitors eager to soak in its picturesque coastal scenery. The side of the peninsula that faces the rough seas of the Sea of Japan is laced with rugged terrain, while the inner coast faces inland and enjoys calmer waters...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for May

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Sanja Festival

Held on the third weekend in May, the Sanja Festival of Asakusa Shrine is one of the three biggest festivals in Tokyo, along with the Kanda Festival and Sanno Festival.

It became very popular during the Edo period (1603-1867), and today it features the parading of more than a hundred mikoshi (portable shrines) by residents around the crowded streets near Asakusa Shrine.

According to legend, the shrine was built to honor two fishermen and a village elder who in the seventh century held a memorial service for a statue of the goddess Kannon that...(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

22.05.2021 Go for Gold ~ Gold-leafing online workshop by Ishikawa Prefectural Government Office ~

Supported Events

24.05.2021 Sachiyo: Beyond The Borders Concert - Featuring New Originals Including Furusato @ Esplanade Rectial Studio

Related Events

11.07.2021 Japanese Speech Contest 2021 [Application Deadline 6 June!]
16.04.2021 - 19.09.2021 Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto @ Asian Civilisations Museum


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