JCC E-Magazine September 2021

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JCC hosted a plethora of online events in the month of August, ranging from workshops to webinars. We were pleased to see the positive response to these online events, and will continue to share about interesting topics about Japan and Japanese culture with everyone. JCC will be hosting an Ikebana exhibition at the end of September, so do drop by if you are nearby!

For this month’s cultural articles, we are exploring Omi Shrine in Shiga Prefecture, as well as the history of incense in Japan. Do also continue to keep up-to-date with our Zoom In! series on our Facebook and Instagram. Feel free to let us know if you want to learn more about any Japan-related topics!

Director's Message


The heat of summer peaked in August, and JCC too, was heated up last month with an interesting line-up of events for our Friends of JCC! It warmed our hearts to see families attending our online origami and manga workshops together. It was also a delight to see so many food lovers tuning in to our special Facebook Live webinar and cooking demonstration to learn more about Japanese castella.

Though the weather will start cooling down in September, JCC will continue with a fiery line-up of events! This month, JCC will be hosting an Ikebana exhibition by Ikebana...(Click here to read more)

JCC Events

Origami Workshop

On Sunday, 8 August, JCC participated in an online sharing session organised by the People’s Association (PA), Sengkang West Zone D Residents’ Network, and the Integration & Naturalisation Champions. As part of this workshop, origami instructor Ms Tan Shu Ying gave the group of almost 50 participants a short introduction to origami and washi paper. The participants also learnt to make origami Merlions and orchids together as a...(Click here to read more)


The Traditional Taste of Japanese Castella ~ FB Live webinar event and cooking demonstration ~

“The Traditional Taste of Japanese Castella – FB Live webinar event and cooking demonstration” was held successfully last Friday, 20 August 2021 with more than 400 views at the end of the live session! The hour-long webinar started with an introduction of Nagasaki and Kyushu area by JNTO, the city where Castella first came to Japan, followed by JCC further explaining...(Click here to read more)


JET Meet & Greet + Orientation

A virtual ‘Meet & Greet + Orientation’ event for new JET participants who will leave Singapore soon was held on 23 August by Japan Creative Centre (JCC), J.CLAIR Singapore and JET Alumni Association in Singapore (JETAA). Ms Mai Hanawa, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, briefed them on the general information about the programme, as well as details...(Click here to read more)


Draw a Chibi Manga Character ~ A Manga Workshop by Evangeline Neo from Evacomics ~

On 28 August 2021, JCC hosted the workshop “Draw a Chibi Manga Character ~ A Manga Workshop by Evangeline Neo from Evacomics ~”. Led by manga artist Evangeline Neo from Evacomics, the group of 30 participants were given an introduction to manga, and taught how to design chibi manga characters. At the...(Click here to read more)

Cultural Articles

Keeping Time with Omi Shrine

Shiga Prefecture is known for its lush nature: the prefecture itself encircles the largest freshwater lake in Japan, Lake Biwa, and 37% of its land area is designated to be protected as part of Natural Parks, the highest of any prefecture. However, it is also known for its splendid buildings, such as the historical Hikone Castle and the revered Omi Shrine. Unlike many of the other large and well-known shrines across the country, the Omi Shrine is...(Click here to read more)


Making Sense of Incense

Perfume and perfumery – for as long as ancient civilisations have been around, humans have been concocting aromatics not only to use on themselves, but to scent a room, and to provide healing and relaxation. Across Central Asia, Egypt and the Indian sub-continent, humans have been practicing the art of making perfumes since as early as 3300 BC, by distilling spices, herbs and flowers into scented oils. Japan, too, has had a long history of making...(Click here to read more)

Japanese Cultural Fact for September

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Nihyaku Toka

A day that rice farmers await nervously in late summer each year is nihyaku toka, which signals the start of the typhoon season. Literally meaning 210 days, it falls on the 210th day after risshun, the beginning of spring on the traditional Japanese calendar. Heavy rainfall and strong winds can wipe out the year's crop if they come before the autumn harvest. Risshun usually falls around February 4, and so nihyaku toka is around September 1...(Click here to read more)

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