Singapore, Japan celebrate SJ50 with special promotions

Singapore and Japan will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations with SJ50.
PHOTO: The Straits Times,

SINGAPORE - Singapore's SG50 celebrations may be over, but this year marks SJ50 - commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan.

To celebrate the occasion, the Singapore Tourism Board and Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) have organised travel promotions, activities and special events throughout the year.

Foodies in Singapore can look out for Japanese Restaurant Week, to be held here from Feb 24 to March 8. The event, which will see around 80 Japanese restaurants participating, will allow diners to take part in lucky draw and stand a chance to win attractive prizes and a free trip to Japan.

Over in Japan, a 'Singapore Food Fair' will be held from Feb 1 to March 15, where over 20 participating Singapore restaurants will introduce iconic dishes such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chili Crab, Bak Ku Teh and more.

SJ50 was officially launched with a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed between the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) on Monday (Jan 18). With the MOC, both organisations hope to boost two-way tourist traffic and promote greater awareness of popular tourist destinations.

Other events for SJ50 include sarong kebaya exhibitions held in Japan, while in Singapore, the JNTO has invited renowned flower arrangement artist Kariyazaki Shogo to create a flower exhibit at Singapore Changi Airport.

Holidaymakers here can also look forward to promotional fares to Japan throughout the year, as well as the Japan Travel Fair in October.

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