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Director's Message


The fierce heat of summer will gradually dissipate as we approach the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Soon in Japan, a crisp breeze will be in the air, and the green leaves of summer will be dyed in various exciting shades of yellow, orange, and red. Although it will remain warm here in Singapore, JCC will be bringing you refreshing and new events that will cool you like an autumn breeze.

In August, JCC presented Classical Piano Fantasia – A music and talk event with Japanese virtuoso pianist Yumeki Ohashi. Ms Ohashi performed to a full house, and she performed a special duet with local musician Ms Corinne Chang who played the violin. This event was strongly supported by Cristofori Music School and Casio, and we look forward to future opportunities to collaborate and present more Japanese musicians to Singaporeans.

The 13th Grand Master of the Enshu School of Tea also visited Singapore in August. In a special Tea Ceremony at the Ambassador’s Residence, he made tea for His Excellency Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Mrs Yuko Shinoda, as well as Guest-of-Honour His Excellency Minister Masagos Zulkifli and his wife Mdm Jumelah. This ceremony was also attended by distinguished guests, providing a valuable opportunity to appreciate the way of tea that dates back half a millennium in Japan.

This August also saw the second edition of the ceramic art series, ‘Ceramic Expressions’ on display at JCC. Singapore-based ceramic artists presented their original artworks, which they made under the tutelage of master potter Dr Iskandar Jalil. Under the theme of “The Beauty of Clay,” each artist demonstrated their own interpretations and ideas through their works. The fiery kilns in which these ceramic arts were created remind me of the ferocious summer sun. In September, we at JCC will bring you exhibitions that bring calm and cool.

This September, we will feature the innovation and artistry of female artists in two exhibitions. In early September, Mrs Masako Soeda will be featuring her washi paper doll pieces alongside local origami artist Ms Tan Shu Ying. Starting at the end of September through October, three contemporary Japanese female photographers will be exhibiting their works at JCC for an entire month in conjunction with 6th Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) 2018.

Do stay updated with our upcoming activities in September by becoming a Friend of JCC! You can also keep up with our updates on our website and our Facebook page. We look forward to welcoming you at our JCC events soon!

Akiko Sugita
Director, Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
Embassy of Japan in Singapore

5th September 2018

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Japan Creative Centre

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+65 6737 0434 / jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp
Nearest parking at Orchard Hotel & Delphi Orchard