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Plaza News Vol.7

Foreigners’ Hotline for Consultations on Daily Life  

*Free of charge & strictly confidential

Are you facing any problems with daily living in Miyazaki?
The Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza has staff who speak
various languages to help you.

  Hotline: 0985-31-4184
  Languages Available: English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Portugese
  Time Available: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 am to 7 pm
    (Plaza Closure days: Sundays, Mondays, Public Holidays, 29 Dec to 3 Jan)

We need your artworks for the Miyazaki International Art Festival!
“Miyazaki – Looking in from the outside” 2007

We are collecting works of art created by foreign residents that
capture your impressions of Miyazaki, and represent the diversity
of our international community. If you would like to creatively
express your love for Miyazaki through your artistic talents, we
eagerly await your participation!

  Theme:Impressions of Miyazaki, content related to Miyazaki
    **Please note that works that fail to reflect the International
    Foundation’s core value of respect may not be displayed at
    the discretion of the organizers.
  Eligible Participants: In principle, foreign residents of
    Miyazaki Prefecture
  Format: Photographs, paintings, drawings, poetry etc. 
  Size: Max 50 x 50 cm
  Submission of work(s): Send by post (postage paid) or bring it
    down to the Miyazaki International Foundation, together with
    the artist's name, nationality, contact information, as well as
    the title and a brief explanation of the work*.
  Return of work(s): Pick up at the plaza by the end of March 2007
    after the exhibition, or we can send to you with payment due on
  Deadline for submissions: December 28th 2006 (Thu)  
  Questions/Submissions: 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 -11:30 a.m.
  Venue: 8F Carino Miyazaki Gaga-8 Miyazaki Prefecture
    International Plaza
  Enquries: Miyazaki International Foundation

Looking for Volunteers!

1. Looking for “International Chat Sessions(Kokusai Fureai Chat)”
   If you enjoy speaking to others in English/Chinese/Korean,
   the Plaza would like to enlist your help in the upcoming
   “International Chat sessions”!

2. Looking for” International Understanding Talk” Speakers
   Would you like to introduce your country's culture and customs
   to the residents of Miyazaki?
   Here's your chance! The talks will be about 1 hour long.

For further enquries, please contact the Miyazaki International
Foundation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Learning About Malaysia Class ~Hakka Family Cooking~

Would you like to learn about Hakka cooking, one of Malaysia's
famous cuisines, with a Coordinator of International Relations?
The same class would be held at four different locations.
*Please bring a boxed lunch and an apron.

   ・14 Oct 2006 (Sat)
     Tano Health Management Centre (Tano Kenkō Kanri Centre)
   ・21 Oct 2006 (Sat)
     Takaoka Welfare Health Centre (Takaoka Fukushi Hoken Centre)
   ・11 Nov 2006 (Sat)
     Sadowara Town General Cultural Centre
     (Sadowara-chō Sōgō Bunka Centre)
   ・18 Nov 2006 (Sat)
     Miyazaki City General Welfare & Health Centre
     (Miyazaki-shi Sōgō Fukushi Hoken Centre)
  Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  Participant Limit: (first-come-first-served basis)
   ・Tano town, Takaoka town, Sadowara town: 20 people each
   ・Miyazaki City: 30 people
  Participation Fee: General Public: 500yen (Free for Miyazaki
    City International Association members and students of high
    school and below.)
  To Register: Please submit your particulars using the application
    form by mail, fax or email. 
  Application / Questions:
    Miyazaki City International Association in Miyazaki City
    Regional Community Division
    Tel: 0985-21-1719 Fax:0985-22-0200

International Forum in Ebino     FREE

Would you like to think about International Understanding and International
Exchange through talks and panel discussions?

  Date: 7 Oct 2006 (Sat)
  Time: 1.30 to 4.00 pm
  Venue: Ebino City Cultural Centre  Big Hall (Ebino-shi Bunka Centre)
   Part 1: Talk
    ◆Subject of Speech
   “Everyone in the world is an International Person!!”
    ◆Speaker: Mr Kenneth Risman
   Part 2: Panel Discussion 
   ◆Theme:“Ebino City’s Nature and Culture from the Eyes of
    ◆Panelists: Coordinator of International Relations and
       Foreigners Living in Ebino City (Foreign students, residents)
  Target Participants: Foreign students, foreign residents in the
    prefecture, Ebino residents, and others who have an interest in
    international exchange.
  Enquiries:Ebino City International Exchange Centre 
    Tel: 0984-35-3211  Fax: 0984-35-3215 
    Email: or

Umemon Festival ~International Exchange Version~  FREE

The Miyakonojo General Cultural Hall is holding an event to
commemorate its opening on the 22nd October, and Coordinators of
International Relations stationed around Miyakonojo will be taking
part and introducing the cuisines and cultures of various countries.
The festival is filled with colorful events which include introduction
to countries such as Mongolia, China, Australia, France and sampling
of various cuisines. We eagerly await your participation!

  Date&Time:15 Oct 2006 (Sun) 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  Venue:Interactive Square around Miyakonojo City General Cultural
    Hall (Miyakonojo-shi Sōgō Bunka Hall Shū-hen Fureai Hiroba)
    *Three minutes from Miyakonojo Station
  Enquries: Miyakonojo International Association 

Kiyotake Town Halloween Party ~Trick or Treat~

Would you like to dress up as a skeleton, witch or monster and
enjoy the party together? This year the “Candy Hunt for Interaction
between Generations” will also be held at the Seiryūen.
Other super-popular game events and costume contests will also be

  Date: 28 Oct 2006 (Sat)
  Time: 1.30 to 4.00 pm (Reception starts at 1.00 pm)
  Venue: Kiyotake Town Nursing Home for the Elderly – Seiryūen
        (Kiyotake-chō Yōgo Rōjin Home—Seiryūen)
  Application/Enquiries: Kiyotake International Association
    (Inside Kiyotake-chō Town Office General Affairs Division)
    Tel: 0985-85-1111 Fax: 0985-85-1496
    (Persons-in-charge: Ms Sakurada & Ms Sakuta)

Conversational Indonesian Language Study Session

A Conversational Indonesian Language Study Session would be organized
by the Miyazaki Prefecture-Indonesia Friendship Association.
The sessions will focus on conversation and is suitable for beginners.

  Date : October to December 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of
    each month
  Time: 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm
  Venue: Miyazaki City Central Citizens'Hall(Miyazaki-shi Chūō
    Kōminkan) and other venues
  Participant Limit: 20 people
  Participation Fee: General Public: 4,000 yen / Miyazaki
    Prefecture-Indonesia Friendship Association Member: 3,000 yen
    (for textbook etc)
  Application method: Send in a postcard together with your name,
    address and contact number.
  Application/Enquiries:Miyazaki Prefecture-Indonesia Friendship
    〒880-2112 Miyazaki City Komatsu 1216-27
    Tel: 0985-47-6600 (Person-in-Charge: Mr Yano)

★October Events★ 

◎The 40th Kusunamiki Corridor
   5 Oct (Thu) 10.00 am to 4.00 pm 
   6 Oct (Fri) 10:00 am to 9.00 pm
   Miyazaki City Kusunamiki Street in front of the Prefectural
   Office  (Miyazaki-shi Kenchō-mae Kusunamiki-dōri)  
 *This event includes the sale of Miyazaki specialty, live events,
  and a beer hall at night.
 *In the event of poor weather it will be postponed to 12 Oct (Thu) & 13 Oct (Fri)

◎Takanabe-jō Lantern Festival
   13 Oct (Fri)  6.00 pm to 9.00 pm 
   14 Oct (Sat)  10.00 am to 9.00 pm 
   Takanabe Town/ Around Maizuru Park (Takanabe-chō/ Maizuru Kōen
◎The 29th Obi-jōka Festival
   Night of festival eve: 21 Oct (Sat)  
   Main Festival: 22 Oct (Sun)
   Nichinan City/Obi-jō Carpark, Sakatani River Dry Riverbed
  (Nichinan-shi Obi-jō Chūshajō, Sakatani-gawa Kasenjiki) 
◎Tsuno Wine Festival  
   Night of festival eve: 21 Oct (Sat) 3.00 pm onwards 
   Main festival: 22 Oct (Sun) 8.50 am to 3.00 pm  
   Tsuno town/Tsuno Winery Square

◎Miyazaki Shrine Major Festival 
   28 Oct (Sat)& 29 Oct (Sun) 1.00 pm onwards 
   Miyazaki Shrine to Tachibana Street & around Takachiho Street 
◎Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History Special
Exhibition: “Co-existence of Plants and Humans ~Gifts from the
Abundant Forest~”
  *Man has used various plants in daily life since ancient times.
  This exhibit showcases plenty of information regarding the
  relation of plants and humans. 
    Dates: 7 Oct(Sat) to 26 Nov (Sun)  
   Opening hours:9.00 am to 5.00 pm (entrance ends at 4.30 pm) 
    *Closed on Tuesdays
   Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History
    *10 mins'walk from Miyazaki Jingu station

★The Lion's Walkway★                         Neo Su Yu

Two months has whizzed by and autumn is finally here. How is
everyone coping? I've explored parts of Miyazaki here and there,
taken about a thousand pictures, burnt them onto a CD and sent
them home. My family was very glad to receive those pictures and
they are impressed with Miyazaki's nature and beauty, even though
back at home I was known as the worst photographer in the family.
So it seems that a poor photographer can still take great pictures
if the scenery is beautiful. v(^o^)v

Talking about taking photos, you would probably have read in this
month's newsletter that the MIF is collecting works of art for
next year's International Art Festival. Kinda early, you might say.
But we really are eagerly looking forward to your participation.
So go on! Draw! Paint! Shoot!…with a camera, I mean. Have a great
October everyone!

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