JCC E-Magazine October 2019

Histoire Raconté – Storytelling with live music and visual presentation: Bunraku, its charm and background


It was a busy month for JCC, as we gradually draw nearer to our highlight event of the year, the first Bunraku (Japanese puppet theatre) Performance in Singapore, entitled "Love and Mercy: Into the World of Bunraku". Besides our regular JCC Cinema screenings, there were also talks about various facets of Japanese culture ranging from comics, tourism, drones and Bunraku. Not to mention, the beautiful annual Ikebana exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135

Tickets are selling out fast so for those who have yet to obtain their tickets to the upcoming Bunraku performance, be sure to purchase your share soon! We look forward to welcoming everyone at the Drama Centre Theatre on 23 October 2019!

Director's Message


As the summer heat starts to cool down and hazy air gives way to a clearer sky, JCC is heating up with the excitement of celebrating our 10th Anniversary! The Singapore Bunraku Steering Committee presents “Love and Mercy: Into the World of Bunraku” to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of JCC this month at Drama Centre Theatre (DCT)! Bunraku is one of the most refined forms of traditional Japanese arts and has been designated as UNESCO...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Making Comics in Singapore by Eva Comics

On Friday, 6 September 2019, Japan Creative Centre had the pleasure of hosting Evangeline Neo of Evacomics where she shared candidly with her participants her personal journey as a comic artist creating original content in Singapore, her creative process and tools and her experience of different reading cultures. Evangeline’s sense of humour and candour elicited much laughter throughout her presentation, live drawing demonstration as well as the Q&A... (Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 76: Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey

Our JCC Cinema 76 – Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey was held at Oldham Theatre last Saturday, 7 September 2019 with a good turnout. It is a special screening co-organised by Singapore Film Society and The Japan Foundation Asia Center with support from the Asian Film Archive. Asian Three-Fold Mirror is a project and production by The Japan Foundation Asia Center and Tokyo International Film Festival that brings together three...(Click here to read more)

Opening of MUSINGS ON MID-AUTUMN - Compositions in Words & Blooms: An Exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135

The opening ceremony of Musings on Mid-Autumn: Compositions in Words & Blooms, an exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135, was held at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on Wednesday, 11 September 2019. JCC Director Ms. Akiko Sugita commenced the opening by giving a welcoming speech, followed by the Chapter’s President Ms. Anju Bhardwaj’s opening...(Click here to read more)

Next Destination in Japan (Setouchi Area) by JR West

JCC, together with the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (J.CLAIR), Kagawa Local Government Authority, Ehime Local Government Authority, and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) presented a seminar that showcased the winter charms of the Setouchi region. At the seminar, representatives introduced new and notable places of interest and delicious foods that can be found in Hyogo...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 77: Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?

On Thursday, 19 September 2019, JCC screened the popular anime film “Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?” at Our Tampines Hub’s Festive Arts Theatre as part of its JCC Cinema series. The theatre was filled with families and groups of friends who came to enjoy this 2017 animated remake of the popular drama of the same name from 1993...(Click here to read more)

J Drone Madness @ Japan Creative Centre

From 20 to 21 September 2019, JCC hosted J Drone Madness, the first drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) centric event with senior research fellow Dr Sueda Koh of NUS, Mr Hirakawa Akira, CEO of Red Dot Drones and Mr Tsukamoto Yuu, COO of Couger. Friday 20 September was the talk event where Dr Sueda shared his fascinating project “Crowmunication” and introduced drones that mimic the calls and appearance of Crows help to divert...(Click here to read more)

Histoire Raconté – Storytelling with live music and visual presentation: Bunraku, its charm and background

Histoire Raconté "Bunraku, its charm and background" was held at The Japanese Association, Singapore (JAS) and Japan Creative Centre (JCC) respectively on 25 and 26 September 2019. Ms Tomoyo Kurimoto, Research Institute for Culture, Energy and Life, Osaka Gas, introduced about the history and culture of Bunraku and its cradled town Osaka on both sessions. Following...(Click here to read more)

JET Programme Information Session 2019

We had the pleasure of hosting members from JET Alumni Association (JETAA) Singapore as well as ex-JET participants for the JET Programme Information Session 2019 at the Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on 2nd October 2019. The briefing was well-attended by many who came to learn more about the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme, and the experiences of those who have been on this unique programme. Representatives from...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Japan Summer Festival 2019

The Japanese Association, Singapore, once again working together with SportsHub, hosted the annual Japan Summer Festival on 7 and 8 September 2019 at the National Stadium. H.E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki attended the Festival as Guest-of-Honour. He was welcomed with a powerful Taiko performance by Hibikiya. CFO of Singapore SportsHub, Mr. Alvin Chen...(Click here to read more)

Lecture and visit by Mr Mori Takahiro (Japan Cultural Envoy)

Mr. Mori Takahiro, who is a famous young Bonsai master, visited Singapore as Japan Cultural Envoy. During his stay, he gave a lecture to the staff at Gardens by the Bay (10 September), gave a talk to members of Ikebana International at Japan Creative Centre (11 September), and paid a courtesy call on H.E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki on 12 September...(Click here to read more)


Visit by J.CLAIR Overseas Training Programme Participants

A group of about 20 participants from the J.CLAIR Overseas Training Programme visited Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on 2 September. JCC Director Ms. Akiko Sugita welcomed and briefed them about the various activities of JCC, especially in the areas of working with various local governments of Japan. J.CLAIR is a government-affiliated general incorporated foundation that promotes efforts of local governments in Japan by providing...(Click here to read more)
Visit by members of the "BEYOND Tomorrow" program

On 12 September 2019, members of the "BEYOND Tomorrow" program were greeted by H.E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki at JCC (Japan Creative Centre). They also shared with JCC Director Ms. Akiko Sugita their learning experience visiting Thailand, and viewed the Ikebana exhibition at JCC. “BEYOND Tomorrow” offers scholarships to many young students who require support. It provides them the opportunity to participate in...(Click here to read more)

Visit by Mr. Hiroaki Isobe, Executive Consultant of J.CLAIR

Mr. Hiroaki Isobe, Executive Consultant of J.CLAIR in Tokyo, visited JCC and the photo exhibition, “Our memories. Our journeys.” by JETAA Singapore in celebration of their 10th anniversary before heading to JETAA Homecoming Gala. JETAA Singapore President Ms. Cheryl Phua welcomed Mr. Hiroaki Isobe and gave him a guided tour explaining some of the inspirations and stories behind the photos. The exhibition was held at JCC from...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for October

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Autumn Foliage

Japan is located in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, and it's home to many deciduous plant species whose leaves turn color in the fall, including the maple, ivy, yamaurushi (a type of sumac), and mountain ash. When autumn deepens, these leaves change from green to red and gold. This is called momiji, or autumn foliage. Since ancient times, the Japanese have been fond of the beautiful colors of autumn and have written many poems...(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

23.10.2019 Love and Mercy: Into the World of Bunraku @ Drama Centre Theatre
22.10.2019 Bunraku Mini-Theatre: A Lecture & Demonstration on Bunraku
05.10.2019 - 19.10.2019 Introducing Japan through JCC & Manga Design ~ Communicate JAPAN ~ - A manga exhibition by Manga Designers Lab

Related Events

05.11.2019 - 12.11.2019 Southernmost: 1 Table 2 Chairs Project
26.10.2019 - 03.11.2019 White Space Art Asia presents Dialectics: Mono No Aware, presented by White Space Art Asia
24.10.2019 & 25.10.2019 Chōwa – In Harmony by Rani Singam and Akira Ishii
24.10.2019 The Gospellers Live in Singapore 2019 @ Drama Centre Theatre
06.10.2019 How to be a perfect guest - A workshop by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Singapore Association
20.09.2019 - 02.11.2019 Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan
Digital Light Canvas @ Marina Bay Sands


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Japanese Speech Contest 2018 Homestay Report
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