Director's greeting message


The events at JCC continued full steam ahead in February. To end off their ceramic exhibition, Mr Yukiharu Furuno and Mr Takanao Todo had an insightful talk about the concept of 'post-wabi' as well as their journeys as artists.

We then shone the spotlight on Ise Shima with the exhibition 'Unveiling the Secret Gem - Ise Shima ~ The Grand Prix of Akoya Pearl Jewellery 2022 Singapore Edition ~' and its talk events. It is our third consecutive time co-organising this, but I am always amazed at the diversity in designs from contestants of different countries. Plus, I was very encouraged to hear from a female diver at the talk event that the secret to staying young is the willingness to try anything. I heard that the subsequent contest will change things up with some new rules, so I look forward to seeing more creative entries if we were to hold it for the fourth time! It was also lovely to see so many people learning about the hidden charms of Ise Shima for the first time, and we hope that everyone will visit soon!

There was also the Japan-Singapore Space Business Matching Event, which saw a fruitful exchange of ideas and connections between organisations from both countries. I was very excited to learn that the potential for cooperation between Japan and Singapore extends into space, and I believe that this meaningful event will lead to more interesting collaborations.

Following January's yukimuro event, we introduced the unique culinary culture of Shonai region in Yamagata prefecture. Being rich in natural resources, the area has much to offer, be it traditional local cuisines, innovations and upcycled food products, or delicious sake. Hopefully this glimpse of Shonai's food culture inspired participants to travel to the source itself. In addition, do look out for an exciting giveaway on JCCfs Facebook!

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Toru Furugori
Director, Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
Embassy of Japan in Singapore

7th March 2023

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