JCC E-Magazine November 2020

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We are delighted to showcase about the lesser-known topics of dinosaur fossils uncovered in Japan, as well as ama divers for this month's E-Magazine cultural articles. In addition, please enjoy our indepth interview with Yuichiro Kubo, who has been teaching at Temasek Polytechnic for 25 years already. Feel free to let us know if you want to learn more about any Japan-related topics!

JCC is also holding a few online JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme Online Briefing sessions for interested applicants. We will continue to work on other upcoming events, and we look forward to welcoming you back then!

Director's Message


While the year is drawing to a close, we are gearing up to welcome you back to our JCC events in a safe and secure environment. For starters, those interested in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme should not miss out on our online sharing sessions on 5 and 24 November 2020! I am sure that hearing first-hand accounts from JETAA (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association) Singapore members will give people a clearer picture on what to expect from this unique programme.

As announced previously, we have started...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Articles

Uncovering Prehistoric Japan

Dinosaur fossils have been found on all continents on Earth, embedded in tar pits and rocks, in various locations from cold, wet highlands, to dry deserts. Did you know that many fossils have also been found in Japan? Well-known creatures like the Tyrannosaurus Rex or the Triceratops may not have roamed Japan, but the country was still home to many majestic prehistoric creatures. For example, from skeletal remains found in Hyogo prefecture, scientists have posited that massive dinosaurs like the...(Click here to read more)


Ama Divers: Free-diving in the Shima Peninsula

The unique coastal environment of the Mie’s Shima Peninsula is an area known historically for its rich marine biodiversity. The peninsula itself is shaped like a hook, and extends out toward the Pacific Ocean from the mainland. Its rugged shorelines are made up of many inlets, formed by ancient river valleys. The coastal area is also home to many bays - the most famous of which, Ago Bay, is well-known as the country’s centre of pearl cultivation. Having come from the surrounding mountains, the waters in the...(Click here to read more)

Featured Article of the Month

25 Years And On - Interview With Yuichiro Kubo

In October, JCC interviewed Yuichiro Kubo, an educator at Temasek Polytechnic (TP). He first came to Singapore in the mid-1990s, as a student at National University of Singapore. Now, he is an educator teaching core subjects on globalisation at TP and one of the founding members of the institution’s Centre for Transcultural Studies, leading initiatives on cross-cultural exchanges for...(Click here to read more)

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Japanese Cultural Fact for November

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Labour Thanksgiving Day

November 23 is Labour Thanksgiving Day, a second national holiday in November. It became a holiday in 1948 as a day for citizens to express gratitude to one other for work done throughout the year and for the fruits of those labors.

Labour Thanksgiving Day (Kinro Kansha no Hi in Japanese) is actually a modern name for an ancient ritual called Niinamesai (Harvest Festival). In the ritual, the Emperor makes the season's first offering of freshly harvested rice to the gods and then partakes of the rice himself...(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

24.11.2020 Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET Programme) Online Briefing 2020 [2nd Session]
05.11.2020 Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET Programme) Online Briefing 2020

Supported Events

07.11.2020 Songs from Singapore to Tohoku 2020: Live Streaming Concert by Sachiyo and Mei Sheum


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