JCC E-Magazine September 2019

"WA" : TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong


Black and white photographs taken by celebrity photographer Russel Wong and featuring iconoclastic buildings by father-and-son architects Kenzo Tange and Paul Noritaka Tange adorned the walls of JCC in August. We also had the pleasure of welcoming a full house for the talk between Russel Wong and Paul Tange. Besides that, we also jointly celebrated the 30th anniversary of Enshu Sado School at NUS, as well as the 90th anniversary of NUS FASS and the 10th anniversary of JCC.

On the note of JCC10, ticket sales for the first Bunraku (Japanese puppet theatre) Performance in Singapore, entitled "Love and Mercy: Into the World of Bunraku", are now open. Be sure to mark your calendars for 23 October 2019, and appreciate this UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage with your own eyes!

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...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Opening Ceremony of “WA” : TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong

The opening ceremony of the photography exhibition “WA” : TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong was held at JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 1 August 2019 with an overwhelming number of guests. H.E. Jun Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, welcomed everyone with his opening speech. Architect and Chairman of Tange Associates, Mr Paul Noritaka Tange, then...(Click here to read more)

In Conversation with Russel Wong & Paul Noritaka Tange

An exclusive dialogue session with Mr Russel Wong was held at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on 3 August 2019, in conjunction with the photography exhibition “WA”: TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong, which is currently showing at JCC. Architect Mr Paul Noritaka Tange was also present as a special guest, and personally shares a friendship of 15 years or so with Mr Wong. It was a full house, and audience members had the rare opportunity to learn about the inspiration, interesting stories and...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema Outdoor Screening at JAPAN RAIL CAFE

We had our JCC Cinema 74 outdoor screenings on 17 and 18 August 2019, as part of the NATSU CAMP FEST at JAPAN RAIL CAFÉ, a series of events and booths celebrating the coming of summer in Japan. Two Japanese titles, ‘Children who Chase Lost Voices’ and ‘Shodo Girls!!’ were featured which attracted close to 200 audiences for both days, especially young children! Our upcoming JCC Cinema 76 featuring a special screening of ‘Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey’ (M18) will be held at...(Click here to read more)

JCC Cinema 75: My Father is the Grand Master & The Heart of Cha-no-yu Talk

As part of commemorating the 30th anniversary of Enshu Sado School at NUS, a two-day event was held at National University of Singapore (NUS) and JCC (Japan Creative Centre) on 23 and 24 August 2019 respectively. Our JCC Cinema 75: My Father is the Grand Master was screened at NUS which allowed the audience to understand and appreciate 'wabi-sabi' and the spirit of 'omotenashi', as well as the life and work of Mr Sojitsu Kobori, the 13th...(Click here to read more)

JCC Related Events

Japan Day celebrations at MOELC (Newton)

JCC staff and volunteers participated in the Japan Day celebrations at MOELC (Newton) on 7 and 8 August 2019. Various booths with Japan-related activities were set up throughout the school and students could take part to learn more about Japan and Japanese culture. Together with Shiraishi-sensei, who is experienced and knowledgeable about kimono and yukata, JCC organised...(Click here to read more)
Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Enshu Sado School at NUS

Mr. Sojitsu Kobori, the 13th Grand Master of Enshu Sado School, performed tea ceremony at National University of Singapore (NUS) on Friday, 23 August 2019, as part of the celebratory event commemorating the 30th anniversary of Enshu Sado School at NUS. H.E. Ambassador Jun Yamazaki congratulated the occasion together with NUS President Prof Tan Eng Chye. The event was also a happy occasion to celebrate the commendation...(Click here to read more)


Visit by participants of Lions Youth Exchange Programme

12 students of the Lions Youth Exchange Programme from Japan visited Japan Creative Centre on 7th August 2019. They were greeted by Minister Yusuke Arai and Director Akiko Sugita from the Embassy of Japan. These students are part of the exchange programme where they will be hosted by local families in Singapore for a few weeks...(Click here to read more)
Visit by Tokyo Marine University students

Students of Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology visited JCC on Friday, 16 August 2019 and were welcomed by First Secretary Mr. Gaku Mizota, Third Secretary Ms. Haruna Mori and Event Team Manager Mdm Keiko Soeda. They had an introduction about Singapore, the local Japanese community, as well as the activities of Embassy of Japan in Singapore and JCC. Following which, the students also viewed the photography exhibition "WA" : TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong...(Click here to read more)

Visit by junior high school students from Seki city

12 students from Seki City Junior High School visited JCC (Japan Creative Centre) in Singapore on 21st August 2019. They were greeted by Ms Haruna Mori, Third Secretary from the Embassy of Japan, who gave an introduction about Singapore, and explained to them the functions and activities of the Embassy and JCC in Singapore. Mr Gaku Mizota, First Secretary from the Embassy of Japan and Mdm Keiko Soeda, Event...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for September

© Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Disaster Prevention Day

Many homes are busy preparing lunch at 11:58 a.m., and in a lot of kitchens, it's not unusual for people to be using a flame to cook food. This was the moment on September 1, 1923, that the Great Kanto Earthquake struck Tokyo, Yokohama, and surrounding regions. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the quake not only devastated homes and office buildings but claimed the lives of 140,000 people - many of them being engulfed in the fires...(Click here to read more)

Upcoming Events at JCC

23.10.2019 Love and Mercy: Into the World of Bunraku @ Drama Centre Theatre
25.09.2019 & 26.09.2019 Histoire Raconté – Storytelling with live music and visual presentation: Bunraku, its charm and background
20.09.2019 & 21.09.2019 J Drone Madness @ Japan Creative Centre
19.09.2019 JCC Cinema 77: Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? (PG) @ Our Tampines Hub Festive Arts Theatre
12.09.2019 - 14.09.2019 MUSINGS ON MID-AUTUMN - Compositions in Words & Blooms: An Exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135
07.09.2019 JCC Cinema 76: Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey @ Oldham Theatre
06.09.2019 Making Comics in Singapore by Eva Comics

Related Events

26.10.2019 - 03.11.2019 White Space Art Asia presents Dialectics: Mono No Aware, presented by White Space Art Asia
24.10.2019 The Gospellers Live in Singapore 2019 @ Drama Centre Theatre
20.09.2019 - 02.11.2019 Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan
06.09.2019 - 07.09.2019 An Evening of Kyogen Performance By Shigeyama Sennojo and company (Poster | Link)
14.06.2019 - 15.09.2019 Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s
Digital Light Canvas @ Marina Bay Sands


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Japanese Speech Contest 2018 Homestay Report
■ The Japan Foundation grant program for FY2019 (Japanese / English)
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