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Plaza News Vol.5

Counter Volunteers Wanted for the International Plaza

The Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza is seeking volunteers over the age of 18 to assist visitors to the Plaza and help out with other projects.  If you are interested in volunteering, please provide the information described below by Thursday, August 31.  (Volunteers will be selected according to the International Plaza's needs.) pplicants must be proficient in Japanese.
Volunteer Period: October 3, 2006 to March 31, 2007
Available Shifts: ①10:00~13:00  ②13:00~16:00 ③16:00~19:00
Volunteer Work: Provide general information about the International Plaza; assist with the checking out and returning of library materials; organizing donated items; word processing; and general computer use.
Compensation for Travel Expenses: \500/day / Others: The International Foundation will provide a volunteer insurance policy.
Application deadline: August 31,2006      
Questions/Apply to: Miyazaki International Foundation

Foreign Resident Support Course: Disaster and Medical Emergency Communication  FREE

This is a course to assist foreign residents of Miyazaki who are unable to communicate sufficiently in Japanese during disasters and medical emergencies. Individuals interested in emergency volunteer work are strongly encouraged to apply.  (The course will be conducted in Japanese.)
Organizers: Miyazaki Prefecture, Miyakonojo City, Miyakonojo International Association , Miyazaki International Foundation  
1st Session  Date/Time: Saturday, August 26, 10:30am-4:00pm 
Location: Miyakonojo City Komastubara-chiku Kouminkan (Miyakonojo City Daio-cho 29-6)
Theme: Assisting Foreign Residents at Medical Places
Target Participants: Interest in medical interpretation. (to have medical interpretation role-playing practice)
2nd Session  Date/Time: Saturday, September 2, 10:30am-3:30pm  
Location: Miyakonojo City Community Center (Miyakonojo City Himegi-cho 10-6)    
Theme: Assisting Foreign Residents in Disasters
Target Participants: Anyone with interest in assisting foreign residents.
Participant Limit: 50 people
To Register: Submit your application form by post, fax, or e-mail. 
Questions/Registration: Miyazaki International Foundation

Volunteers Wanted for the International Chat Sessions

We are seeking foreign residents to come be our foreigner volunteers at the chat sessions in English, Chinese or Korean. Please come chat with the Japanese participants in your language! For details, please kindly contact Miyazaki International Foundation.

Japanese Language Practice Lessons for Foreigners   FREE

Would you like to practice your Japanese conversational skills with Japanese volunteers? No prior registration needed, all are welcome!
Dates/Time: Every Tuesday and Friday, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Venue: 8F Carino Miyazaki Gaga-8 Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza
Questions: Miyazaki International Foundation.

International Students Symposium 2006 : Talking about Miyazaki's Future

-What we can do for International Cooperation-   FREE   Wednesday ,August16th, starts 1:00pm
International students studying in Miyazaki will share their views about Japan, Miyazaki and thoughts on International Cooperation. Audiences are welcomed to join in the discussion forum and interacting session. Admission free, all are welcomed!
Location: Miyazaki Municipal University Exchange Center
Questions: Miyazaki Foreign Students Exchange Promotion Conference Office, Miyazaki University International Cooperation Center, Global Support Office, Tel. 0985-58-7134 Fax. 0985-58-7782, Email:

Bonchi Festival Dance Parade Participants Wanted!

Would you like to come join the Miyakonojo International Association(MIA)'s dance parade team at the annual Miyakonojo Bonchi festival? We'll be dancing the traditional "Seichoyasuhisabushi" and contemporary steps of "Samba Yassabushi", so don't miss the fun!
Date: Saturday, August 5th
Assemble Time: 4:30pm (Those who need help in putting on their yukatas should come at 3:30pm)
Assemble Venue: Miyakonojo City Hall 5F, Lifestyle and Culture Division (Seikatsubunka-ka)
Participant Limit: Japanese & Foreign residents 30 people
Costume: Yukata, happi, your traditional costume appis can be borrowed from us
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 2nd
Questions/Registration: Miyakonojo International Association (MIA) Office
Tel. 0986-23-2295  Fax. 0986-23-3223

Learn about Malaysia!  FREE 

Come learn about Malaysian culture, lifestyle and social issues with Coordinator of International Relations from Malaysia! Free tasting of Malaysian sweets too! Everyone is welcome. See you there!lasses are in Japanese only.
Dates/Venue: ame content for all sessions
Sadowara Wed, August 23rd Sadowara General Culture Center (next to Sadowara General Branch Office)
Miyazaki Wed, August 30th Miyazaki Central Community Center (Onside of Miyazaki Station East, next to Miyazaki Science Center)
Time: 7:00pm 〓 8:30pm (Same time for both sessions)
Participant Limit: 30 people (Prior registration required; first come, first served.)
To Register: Please submit your name,address, age, contact number stating the session you want to participate by postcard, email or fax.
Registration/Questions: Miyazaki City International Association in Miyazaki City Regional Community Division
〒880-8505 Miyazaki City Tachibanadori-Nishi 1-1-1
Tel. 0985-21-1714  Fax. 0985-22-0200

International Summer Festival  FREE

Why donít you come out for some summer fun with exchange students, foreign technical trainees, and JET participants?  There will be foreign food tasting, the opportunity to catch and eat somen noodles from a bamboo slide, dancing, games, and more!
Date/Time: Saturday, August 26th, 5:00pm -8:00pm 
Location: Ebino City International Center
Questions: Ebino City International Foundation  Tel. 080-6418-6158

August Events

・2006 23rd Annual Hyuga Hyottoko Summer Festival 

  Fri., Aug. 4 & Sat., Aug. 5     Hyuga City Hall / City Center          Hyottoko Wesbite

・Tano Town Taiko Festival 2006

 Sat., Aug. 19            Tano Town Sports Park Open Stage

・Cape Toi Fire Festival

 Fri., Aug. 25 & Sat., Aug. 26,      In front of the Cape Toi Kanko Hotel        6:00pm 〓

・Hsingtao & Aoshima International Beer Festival                     

 Fri., Aug. 25 & Sat., Aug. 26, 5: Kodomo no kuni, Miyazaki City                   00pm 〓 10:00pm

・17th Wellness Miyakonojo Fireworks Festival 

 Sat., Aug. 26 (Stage 6:00pm~/       Okimizu River Citizen Space,    Fireworks 8:00pm-9:15pm)   Miyakonojo City

Terebikko Diary     Evonne Yiu

This issue of Plaza News marks my first anniversary being its editor! Yeah!!! But nah, celebration is not on the plan. For I am sorry to say this will also my last. By the time you read this, I may have already left Miyazaki for home in Singapore. Having enjoyed three magnificent years here, it's really hard to bring myself to say goodbye. Frankly speaking, it wasn't all easy to cope with life here: I remember how I had to brave the freezing morning winds of winter as I rode my bicycle across the bridge of Oyodo river to get to work, how I had to collect water with buckets from my leaking apartment ceiling in the typhoon, and how I still have problems with garbage disposals and more〓they are not necessarily unique personal experiences, and I believe most of you would have shared my agony. But every time I look up at the sunny skies, the lush greenery and deep blue ocean of Miyazaki, I cannot feel happier! I cannot say I have lived the fullest of my stay here, but I am so grateful for every single day! And without friends I have made here, Japanese and foreigners, the memories could not have been better! It's funny how I came to Miyazaki on a "mission" to promote internationalization, but instead gained and has become more internationalized myself! With this short message I cannot express well my gratitude and overwhelming emotions of three years, but allow let me to say a big "ARIGATOU"! 〓 to all my friends and Miyazaki, thank you so much for making my memories of you so ever wonderful.  p.s. Come visit Singapore!!! Just see it for yourself!


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