JCC E-Magazine October 2021

Opening Ceremony & Demonstration of "Moonlight Rendezvous"


A buzz of excitement was in the air last month, be it physically or online. It was our pleasure to welcome visitors in person for "Moonlight Rendezvous", an Ikebana exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135. Meanwhile, JCC continued to host a variety of online events about different topics such as Japanese shoyu (soy sauce).

We are also excited to invite everyone for this year's Japanese Film Festival! Do check out the colourful line-up of films, and catch them while you can. Other than that, we are also holding the JET Programme Online Briefing 2021 again this year. For those who are interested, seats are limited, so don't forget to register your interest!

Director's Message


September has been an eventful month at JCC, especially on our Facebook page. Together with Kikkoman and Alchemist, we presented an online event about Japanese shoyu. I was happy to see so many people tune in to the presentation and leave such lovely comments! I hope that everyone learnt more about the history of Japanese shoyu and that you will stay tuned to more informative events relating to Japanese food culture and history.

Ikebana also returned to JCC: “Moonlight Rendezvous ~ An Exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

JET Virtual Welcome Home and Farewell Session

On Friday, 10 September 2021, the Embassy of Japan in Singapore, J.CLAIR Singapore and JETAA Singapore held a Virtual Welcome Home and Farewell Session for the returnees and new participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. H.E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki hosted the event and gave an opening speech. Executive Director of J.CLAIR...(Click here to read more)


The Secrets of Japanese Shoyu ~ An Afternoon with Kikkoman ~

"The Secrets of Japanese Shoyu - FB Live webinar event and cooking demonstration" was held successfully on Wednesday, 22 September 2021 with more than 300 views at the end of the live session! The hour-long webinar started with an introduction by Kikkoman regarding the history of Japanese shoyu (soy sauce), the seasoning effects of it, and the different varieties of shoyu. This also included a special video showing a tour of a Kikkoman factory...(Click here to read more)


Opening Ceremony & Demonstration of "Moonlight Rendezvous"

Moonlight Rendezvous ~ An Exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 ~ opened on 27 September 2021. This exhibition, which is inspired by the Mid-Autumn Festival, was opened by JCC Director Toru Furugori and President of I.I. Singapore Chapter 135, Ms Linda Soo-Tan. Mrs...(Click here to read more)


Ambassador's Visit to "Moonlight Rendezvous"

On 29 September, Ambassador Jun Yamazaki visited JCC for a tour of "Moonlight Rendezvous ~ An Exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 ~. The exhibition features autumn-themed ikebana arrangements that are inspired by haiku. Ambassador Yamazaki was guided by the President of the Chapter, Ms Linda Soo-Tan, who explained how the members of the Chapter drew inspiration for their arrangements through classic...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Articles

The Brilliance of Beppu’s Bamboo Craftwork

Beppu, an eastern city in Oita Prefecture, is known throughout the country for its hot springs. The city boasts the largest hot spring water output in Japan, stretched across 2,849 springs that fill with nine different types of hot spring water. Its close relationship with hot springs is evident in its local jigokumushi (地獄蒸し, lit. “hell-steaming”) cuisine, and abundance of resorts and...(Click here to read more)


Gotcha!: The Weird and Wonderful World of Gachapon

If you have ever visited Japan, you may have seen gachapon machines in shopping malls, arcades and even in the streets. The name gachapon is actually a combination of two Japanese onomatopoeias: gacha (or gacha-gacha), which refers to the sound of a crank being turned; and pon, which refers to something appearing magically. It works just as its name suggests: players insert coins, turn a crank or a dial, which will push out...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for October

© Kenzo Yokoyama

Kyoto Jidai Matsuri

Jidai Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, the country's ancient capital, the others being the Aoi Matsuri, held in May, and Gion Matsuri, which takes place in July.

Jidai Matsuri is held around Heian Shrine in the eastern part of the city on October 22. This is the date when Emperor Kanmu moved the nation's capital to Kyoto in 794 and named the city Heiankyo. Heian Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Kanmu and was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the establishment of Heiankyo. Jidai Matsuri was one of the...(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

23.10.2021 Go for Gold: Gold-leafing online workshop by Ishikawa Prefectural Government Office
21.10.2021 & 25.10.2021 Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme JET Programme Online Briefing 2021
07.10.2021 - 31.10.2021 Japanese Film Festival 2021
27.09.2021 - 06.10.2021 Moonlight Rendezvous ~ An Exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 ~

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16.04.2021 - 17.10.2021 Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto @ Asian Civilisations Museum


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