Discover the secrets behind the centenarians of Okinawa with Jose Jeuland Fri 19 April to 30 May 2019

Discover the secrets behind the centenarians of Okinawa with Jose Jeuland Fri 19 April to 30 May 2019

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Singapore-based French photographer, Jose Jeuland, will be holding his second photography exhibition this year at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore - East Garden Gallery.

Titled “LONGEVITY OKINAWA”, the exhibition features the locals living in Okinawa aged between 89 to 106 years old and their secrets to longevity. At the exhibition, visitors can enjoy a short documentary film on a BenQ interactive flat panel.

With the people of Okinawa making up one of the highest count of centenarians in Japan, Jose has always been very intrigued by them. In April 2017, he made his way to Okinawa in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind their renowned longevity by encapsulating their thoughts and daily lives through photography.

He did a lot of preparatory work prior to the trip, as the subjects were not the easiest to find. On top of that, English is not the main language in Okinawa, hence the language barrier posed as an obstacle in the aspect of communication.

Jose, along with his wife, Shanthi Jeuland, walked around an Okinawa town with a huge poster stating in Japanese that they were looking for old people to photograph.

With the help of locals sharing the project on Facebook, which eventually got the attention of Okinawa Times and Okinawa Prefectural Government, the LONGEVITY OKINAWA project took flight.

Ikehara Tomi, 100 years old, the first lady Jose tried to photograph, was so emotional that she cried at the first meeting. Initially reserved, Mdm Tomi only felt comfortable letting her portrait taken after witnessing her friends loosening up to Jose.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is the official venue sponsor of LONGEVITY OKINAWA. An avid supporter of the arts, heritage and culture, the hotel believes in providing an immersive experience for guests to enjoy the rich diversity of original content created by Singaporean and international artists.

In tandem with the “Longevity Okinawa” exhibition at the East Garden Gallery from 19 April to 30 May, Town Restaurant will be presenting a special Japanese gourmet promotion. Alongside its local and international buffet offerings, guests can enjoy a delicious selection of Japanese dishes, including Okinawan specialities. Highlights include Goya Chanpuru (Okinawa Bitter Gourd), Kablha (Grilled Okinawa Pumpkin), Chikuzeni (Chicken with Lotus Root) and Okinawa Nasu (Eggplant) with Dashi Broth.

The buffet spread also features popular Japanese specialities such as fresh Sashimi, Tempura, Wagyu Beef Teppanyaki, Japanese noodles and more. Catch the chefs in action on Saturday nights, as they expertly slice up a whole yellow fin tuna right before your eyes.

A TASTE OF JAPAN 18 April to 28 April 2019 6:30pm to 10:30pm Sunday to Thursday - Adult S$59*, Child^ S$30* Friday & Saturday - Adult S$85*, Child^ S$43*

^Children from 6 to 11 years old. *Prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.

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