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Director's Message


August was warmer and dryer than usual, but we kicked off the month by having an exciting opening of celebrity photographer Russel Wong’s first photo exhibition at JCC. It featured signature photographs of the magnificent architectural designs of legendary architect Mr Kenzo Tange and his renowned architect son, Mr Paul Noritaka Tange, who is also a close friend of the photographer.

Toward the end of the month, we observed the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Enshu School of Tea’s activities in Singapore with National University of Singapore (NUS). We had a film screening and Q&A session led by Grand Master Sojitsu Kobori at NUS. The Grand Master also held a tea ceremony at NUS, and a talk and tea ceremony at JCC, whereby he shared his vision and passion for the traditional art of tea.

JCC also took part in the MOE Language Centre’s Japan Day celebrations in August. Students took part in Yukata trial at our booth and joined us in performing the Tokyo Gorin Ondo or Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Game Dance Song with the guidance of the JCC staff and volunteers.

Now, we are excited to announce that tickets are on sale for “Love and Mercy: Into the World of Bunraku,” a first ever full Bunraku performance held in Singapore in October to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of JCC. Bunraku is a traditional Japanese puppet performing art and one of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages of Japan. A special exhibition is being held at Ngee Ann City Takashimaya Atrium (Level 1) to introduce the Bunraku Programme from 3 to 18 September. We will also host two talk events in September at Japanese Association, Singapore (JAS) and JCC, on the background and charms of Bunraku. I hope you will be able to come and learn more about Bunraku, and immerse yourselves into the world of one of the most refined traditional arts of Japan.

Other events in September will include a series of talk events featuring Singaporean manga art, drone technology, and bonsai art. We will also have a screening of the omnibus film “Three-Fold Mirror” and an exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135. JETAA will also launch a photo exhibition as part of their 10th Anniversary celebrations at JCC.

To find out more about these events, do follow us on our Facebook or sign up on our mailing list to be a Friend of JCC! Please follow the Embassy of Japan’s Facebook too!

We also look forward to seeing you at the JAS Summer Festival this weekend at the SportsHub! See you there!

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

5th September 2019

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Japan Creative Centre

4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
+65 6737 0434 / jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp
Nearest parking at Orchard Hotel & Delphi Orchard