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Plaza News Vol.8

“Consultations on Daily Living” by Officers of the Legal Affairs Bureau

  A consultation session for problems regarding human rights,
  husband-wife relationship, parent-child relationship, koseki
  (register), financial woes would be held at Carino Miyazaki.
  If you are having trouble with the above problems, please feel
  free to drop by.  *No prior registration required

  Date: 18 November 2006 (Sat)  1:00 pm to 5:00 pm  
  Location: Carino Miyazaki Level 8 “Gaga-8” Multi-purpose Room A 
  *Consultations are free of charge and confidential.
  *The session would be held in Japanese. If you need an interpreter, you can make use of our  volunteer interpreters system. Please contact us by the 11 November if you require this service.

  Enquiries: Miyazaki International Foundation Tel: 0985-32-8457

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

We need your artworks for the Miyazaki International Art Festival!
 “Miyazaki – Looking in from the Outside”2007 ~2007.2.20(Tue) – 2.25(Sun)~ 

  We are collecting works of art created by foreign residents that
  capture your impressions of Miyazaki, and represent the diversity
  if 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 has ended, or we can send your work(s) to
  you with payment due on delivery.
  ◆Deadline for submission(s): December 28th 2006 (Thurs)◆
  Questions/Submissions: Miyazaki International Foundation

Germany Workshop II  (in Japanese) FREE
 “Let Us Become Brothers” – German Prisoners of War in Japan 1914 – 1920

  Would you like to learn about the lives of German P.O.W.s in
  Japan from 1914 to 1920 and deepen your knowledge about the
  common history of Japan and Germany during that period?

  ◆Photo exhibition◆: 11 November (Sat) to 15 November 2006 (Wed)
  Location: Carino Miyazaki 8th Floor Gaga-8 (Free Space)

  (1) Talk (Speech, Explanation of photos, Q&A)
  Date & Time: 11 November 2006 (Sat)  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  Location: Carino Miyazaki 8th Floor Gaga-8 (Theatre)

  Germany Workshop III FREE
  (2) Wines of Germany
  Would you like to learn about the wines and wine culture of
  Germany through fun quizzes?
  Date: 15 November 2006 (Wed) 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  Location: Carino Miyazaki 8th Floor Gaga-8 (Theatre)
  Speaker:  Miyazaki City Coordinator of International Relations 
               – Peter Fuhl (Germany)

  Participant Limit: 80
  To apply: Send in the application form or write down your
  contact details (postal code, address, name, age, telephone
  number) on a postcard, or by fax or email.
  *Application ends as soon as the participant limit is reached.
  *One postcard can be used for multiple applications.

  Enquries/Applications for (1) and (2):
  Miyazaki City International Exchange Association“Germany Workshop 3” Application Section
  880-8505 Miyazaki City Regional Community Affairs Division
  Tel: 0985-21-1719  Fax: 0985-22-0200 

International Exchange Festival         FREE

  Lots of fun await you at the International Exchange Festival in
  Ebino! You can do tug-of-war, learn about foreign songs and
  dance, and there is also sale of local produce etc. The adjacent
  Ebino Kohgen International College would also be holding their
  school festival at the same time.

  Date/Time: 26 November 2006 (Sun)    
  Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  Location: Ebino City International Exchange Centre open field
                (in the event of rain, it would be shifted to Ebino Kogen
                 International High School Sports Hall)
  Enquiries: Ebino City International Exchange Centre 
  Tel: 0984-35-3211 Fax: 0984-35-3215
  Email: or

 Getting to Know Our Human Rights! 
                Exchanging Ideas at the Plaza 2006

  The “Human Rights Festival (Jinken Festa)” is an event whereby
  participants can learn about the importance of human rights.
  Introduction of countries such as Australia, China, Korea and
  Mongolia, and trying out traditional costumes are just some of
  the fun activities that would be held at the International
  Exchange Corner. Please do come down and enjoy yourself!
  Date: 12 November 2006 (Sun) 10:00 am to 5:00 pm   
  Location: Wellness Exchange Plaza/One Park  
  Enquiries: Miyakonojo Intnerational Association  
            Tel: 0986-23-2295

The 16th Mimata Furusato Festival

  This year there will be exciting stage events, pony rides, flea
  markets, carpentry workshops at the festival – a fun-filled event
  for people of all ages! Come down and enjoy yourself!
  Dates: 11 November (Sat)  12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
             12 November (Sun)  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  Location: Mimata town Fureai Central Plaza,
                  Genki-no-mori (General Welfare Centre)
                  Mimata town Budo Sports Center (Culture Corner)
  Enquries: Furusato Festival Planning Committee Secretariat
          Tel: 0986-52-1111

International Exchange Dance Party in Autumn           

 *participants must be aged 18 and above
  There will be performances by DJs and active dance groups in
  the city. Come on down and party!
  Date: 22 November 2006 (Wed・Holiday eve)   
  Time: 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
 Participation fee: Men - 2,500yen  Ladies - 2,000yen  
  Location: Planet Café/Sports (Sports Bar)
 Enquries: Phoenix International Exchange Club Secretariat
 Tel/Fax: 0985-25-9921 (Until 5:00 pm) or 090-1923-0038 (Ms Tanaka)

★November Events★ 

◎Miyakonojo Autumn Festival 
 3 Nov (Fri/Pub Holiday) 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
 Night of festival’s eve: 2 Nov (Thur) 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm 
 Miyakonojo City General Culture Hall/ Kanbashira Kōen

◎Saito Burial Mounds Festival
 4 Nov (Sat) 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
 5 Nov (Sun) 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 
 Saito City/Saitobaru Plaza before the Imperial Mausoleum 
 Tsuma Shrine~Saitobaru
◎Shiiba Heike Festival 2006 
 10 Nov(Fri): starts from 6 pm
 11 Nov(Sat): 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
 12 Nov(Sun): 8:30 am to 3:20 pm 
 Shiiba Village/ Upper Shiiba area (Kami-Shiiba Chiku)

◎Aya Craft Festival 
  17 Nov (Fri) to 19 Nov (Sun) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 
  Aya Town/Aya Teruha Dome

◎Vietnamese Palace Music Performance
 18 Nov (Sat) Opening: 6:30 pm Performance begins: 7:00 pm 
 Miyazaki Prefectural Arts Centre Theatre
 Tickets: 3,000Yen (Elementary to College Students: 1,000Yen) 
 *This palace music is passed down from the ancient capital of Hue.
  It has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage.

◎Let's explore Obi in Kimono
  Do you want to walk around the mini Kyoto of Kyushu in a Kimono?
  19th Nov(Sun): starts from 10:00am~
  Where to go: In front of Otemon (the castle gate) Obi, Nichinan
  Participation fee: 4000yen (includes Kimono rental and lunch)
  *It is fine to bring your own Kimono. In this case participation
  is 2000yen.
  *You need a reservation if you want to rent a kimono by 10th Nov(Fri).
  *Kimono rental is on a First-come-first-served basis.

  Enquires: Obi Rakuichi Rakuza/Tel:0987-25-1666(Mr. Hirabe)Japanese only
  Commerce and Tourism Divison, Nichinan City Hall/
  Tel: 0987-31-1134(Ms. Southwell)

◎Mythological Takachiho Kagura Night Festival 
 23 Nov (Thur/Pub Holiday) 10:00 am to 11:00 pm 
 Night of festival’s eve: 22 Nov (Wed) 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
 Takachiho Town/ Takachiho Shrine Kagura Hall

◆The Lion’s Walkway◆              Neo Su Yu

Recently I took a day off and went to Obi town, a place 1.5
hours by train away from Miyazaki City. Obi is known as Kyushu’s
“Little Kyoto”. The architecture of buildings are very much
like that of the Edo period, and I almost felt like I sat on a
time machine and went back two or three hundred years ago. Obi
Castle itself is an interesting place. You can study about Obi’s
history and see interesting artifacts such as well-preserved
samurai armour and swords. In the carpark outside the castle
there is a little archery shooting ground. The form of archery
is different from regular Kyudo – it’s known as the Shihanmato.
For 300 yen you get to shoot 10 arrows and get a free souvenir.

If you are interested in getting pamphlets and maps, you could
go to this site and fill up your particulars:

Remember to take some pictures for the Miyazaki International
Art Festival! :D




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