Later this month, Singapore will be celebrating Japanese calligraphy art in a special cultural event. Nihon Shodo Bijutsuin, one of Japan’s oldest calligraphy art institutes, together with the Japan Creative Centre (Embassy of Japan); and supported by The Mainichi Shimbun / Mainichi Shodo Kai, will be hosting the Japanese Calligraphy Art Exhibition starting this 20th October.

The Japanese Calligraphy Art Exhibition will open its doors at 10am on Friday, 20 October 2017 at the Luxe Art Museum with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by guest-of-honour, Brigadier-General Desmond Tan Kok Ming, Chief Executive Director, People’s Association. The opening ceremony will present an invigorating performance expressing the strength and energy of Japanese calligraphy through a brush by visiting master calligraphers from the academy; a tour of exhibition featuring 60 pieces of curated masterpieces by member calligraphers of Nihon Shodo Bijutsuin (Japan Calligraphy Art Academy); and calligraphy trial sessions.

The opening will also feature speeches by Bokushun Kito(鬼頭 墨峻)Board Chairman, Representative Director, Nihon Shodo Bijutsuin; Kenji Shinoda, H.E. Japanese Ambassador; and Yoshihiro Kaneda, Sunstar Group Representative. More than 70 participants are expected to attend the event including distinguished representatives from the Embassy of Japan, the Singapore Japanese Association, Sunstar and the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore.

Hosted by Nihon Shodo Bijutsuin, one of Japan’s oldest calligraphy art institutes; co-organized by Sunstar and Japan Creative Centre (Embassy of Japan); and supported by The Mainichi Shimbun / Mainichi Shodo Kai, the exhibition is part of the series of Japanese calligraphy art and cultural events that will take place in Singapore from October 20 to 25, 2017. The events aim to promote cultural exchange between Japan and Singapore; and use Japanese calligraphy as a channel to direct local communities’ attention to the importance of holistic healthcare.

The exhibition displays calligraphy art across four categories: Sino-Japanese ideograms (“kanji”), Japanese syllabary (“kana”), new calligraphic art and seal carving. From 20 to 24 October, visiting calligraphers from the academy will hold live calligraphy performances every day. Visitors will also have many opportunities to learn and practice calligraphy through calligraphy trial sessions throughout the exhibition period.

Exhibition details:

Date:                           October 20, 2017 (Friday) to October 25, 2017 (Wednesday)

Venue:                       The Luxe Art Museum (6 Handy Road #02-01 Singapore 229234)

Time:                         10am to 6pm daily (Doors close at 4pm on October 25)

Highlights:               Calligraphy performances (2pm to 3pm from October 20 to 24)

                                      Calligraphy trials (Limited slots, first-come-first-serve basis)

Admission                Free admission

Sunstar will also co-organize the ‘Japanese Cultural Workshop Day’ with its partners on October 21, 2017, to bring Japanese calligraphy and culture to the heartland communities of Singapore. Visitors will be able to enjoy calligraphy performances, learn and practice calligraphy and have opportunities for other Japanese cultural experience. The events will be held at:

·         Chua Chu Kang Community Club (CC)

Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health and Member of Parliament, Chua Chu Kang GRC, will grace the event as the guest-of-honour. The event offers the perfect cultural as well as health weekend experience for the entire family.

Parents and their children can immerse themselves in Japanese culture through calligraphy performances, calligraphy workshops, a Japanese cultural booth and an exclusive movie screening of “Calligraphy Girls – Shodo Girls”.

They can also discover core principles behind Sunstar’s holistic healthcare know-how at the Sunstar Exhibition. Besides learning Effective Oral Hygiene Practices from Sunstar’s Oral Health Therapists, visitors can also view demonstrations of the Balancing Stretch Exercise and sample free juices at the Sunstar mini sales.

Another highlight of the event is the ‘Healthy Smiles Show’ presented by Sunstar and KidZania Singapore, featuring Sunstar’s popular Penguin mascot, “Pen-Chan” and KidZania’s knowledgeable mascot, Right Zoo Keeper (RZK). In addition to meeting and greeting these mascots, young visitors can learn about the importance of oral health and the proper way of brushing their teeth from them through a teeth-brushing dance, an oral care quiz and other fun and engaging activities.

Time:                         From 5pm onwards

Venue:                       35 Teck Whye Avenue Singapore 688892

Admission:              Ticketing at Chua Chu Kang CC

·         Our Tampines Hub (OTH)

Time:                         From 2.30pm onwards

Venue:                       1 Tampines Walk Singapore 528523

Highlights:               Calligraphy performance, calligraphy workshop, Movie Screening of “Calligraphy Girls – Shodo Girls”

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