Japan Creative Centre in Singapore (on Nassim Road)

Culture centre, the first of its kind outside Japan, aims to showcase the country's 'soft power'. Check out the official website of JCC - Japan Creative Centre here.

Singapore fans of J-pop and anime cartoons will be pleased to know that their Japanese entertainment treasures are now starring in a 'show' of their own here at home.

They are among the cultural exhibits at the Japan Creative Centre (JCC), which was officially opened on Saturday. The 450 sq m centre is housed in a former colonial house on Nassim Road.

Through exhibitions, seminars and performances, the centre - which has a minimalist-style interior, including paper floor lamps - will showcase aspects of Japan's soft appeal, such as animation and design, and its cutting-edge technology as befits its theme 'innovation and tradition'.

There is even an e-library stocked with e-books as well as J-pop and J-drama DVDs, which the public can access free of charge.

The centre, which is the first of its kind outside Japan, was declared open by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Japanese counterpart Yukio Hatoyama, who is in Singapore for his maiden Apec summit.

Manga mania certainly has made an impact, even on prime ministers.

Mr Lee on Saturday described the JCC as a space to experience 'the charms of Japan' which have captivated many Singaporeans, saying: 'Among Singaporeans, Japanese culture, entertainment, food and fashion are very popular.'

From Straits Times, "J-pop, anime at Japan centre".


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