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MIYAZAKI PREFECTURE INTERNATIONAL PLAZA
8F Carino Miyazaki Tachibanadori Higashi 4-8-1,Miyazaki City, Postal Code 880-0805
TEL : 0985-32-8457 FAX : 0985-32-8512 E-mail : miyainfo@mif.or.jp
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Plaza News Vol.1

Periodical Back Issue Give-away

The Plaza is giving away back issues of periodicals such as Newsweek magazines etc. We have a limited number of materials to give away, so please come by the Plaza at your earliest convenience if you are interested.
Materials available for pick up from: Tuesday, July 4th.
Location: 8F Carino Miyazaki Gaga-8 Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza

Let's Chat in Chinese!

Come chat with us in Chinese at our “International Chat - Chinese Session” which is currently in session. Participants of any nationality and Chinese proficiency are welcome to join. See you there!

Dates/Time: Thursdays, July 6th & July 13th 1:30-2:30 pm (in session now)
Venue: 8F Carino Miyazaki Gaga-8 Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza
Questions: 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
Questions: Miyazaki International Foundation.

Lunch and Simple English Conversation FREE(No registration necessary)

Let's get together to speak some English over lunch with a Coordinator for International Relations. Please bring a boxed lunch.

Date/Time : Friday, July 14 th 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m .
Location : Nobeoka City Social Education Center, Seminar Room 2
Questions : Nobeoka City International Relations Office Tel: 0982-22-7006

Delightful Cooking Class!

Here's a chance to try your hand at cooking with a Coordinator for International Relations and having fun through international exchange. Everyone is welcome! *Please bring an apron and a container for taking home leftovers.

Date/Time: Friday, July 21 10:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Nobeoka City Social Education Center Cooking Room
Participant Limit: 25 people (Prior registration required; first come, first served.) Participation Fee: \800 for ingredients.
Registration/Questions: Nobeoka City International Relations Office Tel. 0982-22-7006

Erekoccha Miyazaki Festival: Citizens' Group Dancing and Exchange Party Saturday, July 29th

Don't miss this chance to participate in one of Miyazaki's summer festivals. You too can take part in the parade of groups dancing through the streets to the beat Miyazaki folk songs. It will be great fun!

○Group Dancing
*Wear comfortable clothes and your own towel. There will a simple dance practice at the gathering point.
Meeting Time: 16:50
Meeting Place: In front of the main entrance to Miyazaki City Hall
○Exchange Party
Time: 19:30 -
Location: Toutenkaku Restaurant
Participation Fee: 500 yen *Group dancing participants, Junior high school students and under, Miyazaki City International Association Individual Members(up to five members) get in free.
To Register: Submit personal details using application form by post or fax.
Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 20th
Registration/Questions: Miyazaki City International Association 〒880-8505 Miyazaki City Regional Community Division (Full address not necessary)
Tel. 0985-21-1719 Fax. 0985-22-0200

GSA Magnet School Miyazaki Performance “Give My Regards to Broadway!”

High school students from Miyazaki City's sister city, Virginia Beach City (USA) will be performing! Don't miss it!

Date: Monday, July 31st,6:30-8:00pm (Seating starts 6:00pm)
Venue: Miyazaki Citizen Cultural Hall (Next to Miyazaki City Library)
Tickets: Adults 1500yen, High school students and below 500yen. All free seating.
Tickets available: At Miyazaki Citizen Cultural Hall, Miyazaki City Citizen Plaza, various ticketing booths in Miyazaki City.
Questions: Miyazaki-Virginia Beach Sister City Association Office Tel 0985-60-3911 Miyazaki City Regional Community Division
Tel. 0985-21-1714 .

Multicultural Coexistence Activities Workshop

Are you interested in learning about community development with foreigners and the new trends of internationalization? For more details, please check out the website http://www.machinnaka.net from July 5th. All are welcome, see you there!

Date: Saturday, August 5th 10:00am-5:00pm
Venue: 8F Carino Miyazaki Gaga-8 Open Space
Participants: College, Masters or Vocational School Students and general public
Participant limit: 30 people(Prior registration required; first come, first served.)
Participation fee: 500yen (for materials)
Registration: Submit registration form (online) or register by email or post.
Registration deadline: Friday, July 28th
Registration/Questions: Machinnaka International Cultural Exchange Association
〒880-0001 Miyazaki City Tachibanadori-Nishi 1-1-2, 3F Miyazaki City Citizen Plaza, in Citizen Activities Center
Email: info@machinnaka.net

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

This test of Japanese for non-native speakers is held all over the world. The application forms have been known to sell out, so we recommend purchasing them as soon as possible.

Test Date: Sunday, December 3rd
Test Location: Fukuoka Prefecture (Fukuoka, Kurume), Oita Prefecture (Beppu), and others. Registration Period: Monday, July 3 to Tuesday, September 5 (must be postmarked by this date)
Registration Fee: 5,500 yen (consumption tax included)
Registration Guide: 500 yen *On sale from Monday, July 3rd
Sold at: Kenbundoku Tanaka Yoshimura Store (Miyazaki City, Yoshimura-cho),
Asahiya Bookstore Aeon Branch(Aeon Miyazaki SC)
Questions: Japan Educational Exchanges and Services, JLPT Section, Test Division,
Tel. 03-5454-5577
URL: http://www.jees.or.jp/jlpt/index.htm (Japanese)
http://www.jees.or.jp/jlpt/en/index.htm (English)

July Events

The 17th Nichinan City Swim & Run Tournament in Futo Marine Leisure Land

Sun, July 9, from 9:30am Futo Beach, Nichinan City

The Annual Shiki-dori Beer Festival

Fri, July 21, from 5:30pm-9:30pm Shiki-dori *If it rains: Sat, July 22
Japanese Taiko drum, Flamenco dancing, Belly dancing, Hip-Hop and Reggae performance will be performed. Romanian food, pizza, kebab, Chinese dumpling and many other foods will be sold.Advance tickets (includes 2 drinks and a prize draw) 1,000yen, available at stores on Shiki-dori. Questions: Shiki-dori office Tel/Fax: 050-1448-7641 (Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:00-15:00)

Fireworks Festivals in July

Date Event Fireworks Time Venue
Sat, July 1 Ondasai Nouryo Festival 3000 shots 8:15-9:00pm Hazakura Fureai Park, Saigo Village
Sat, July 15 Kyomachi Onsen Summer Festival 7000shots
*tentative
8:30-9:30pm Sendaigawa Riverbed, Kyomachi, Ebino City
Sat & Sun, July 15 & 16 Aoshima Summer Festival 100 shots/day 8:30-9:00pm (Festival 10:00am-) Aoshima Kokumin Shukusha Atochi Park Stage, Miyazaki City (Festival Venue:Aoshima Beach)
Sat, July 22 Aburatsu Port Festival 2006 3000 shots 8:00-8:40pm Aburatsu Port, Nichinan City
Fri, July 29 Aburatsu Port Festival 2006 3000 shots 8:00-8:40pm Aburatsu Port, Nichinan City
Fri, July 29 Shiiba Summer Festival 2000 shots 8:00pm
(Festival 6:00pm-)
Shiiba JHS Ground, Shiiba Village/td>
Sun, July 30 30thNobeoka Festival 6000 shots 8:00-9:00pm Ohashi East Side,Osegawa Riverbed, Nobeoka City

Terebikko Diary

It's this time of the year again for weekends of fun at hanabi taikai (fireworks festivals), feasting on jidori (Miyazaki's wild range chicken) and kakigori (flavoured shaved ice)! On my first summer in Miyazaki three years ago, I wondered why my Japanese friends and students never seem to grow sick of going to such matsuri (festival), for nothing new comes to these festival bazaars year after year: Takoyaki (octopus balls), yakisoba (fried noodles), crepes, and kingyo-sukui (goldfish scooping game)…what more can you get?! I remember my Osaka friend had a good laugh when we went to one of the fireworks festival in a neighboring town two years ago. As compared to Osaka's festivals, whereby fireworks are fired in dozens per second, we got only ONE shot every 10 seconds! (So that ther would be enough to fill up the 30mins I guess!ha.) But my friend also said she liked it better here;where people take time to appreciate the beautiful things in life, as opposed to busy Osaka people who have so much to access to yet so little patience and time to enjoy. So I guess going to a matsuri isn't so much about how much you get to do there, but how you feel and what you want to do. Have fun!

Questions, comments, postings, or for information of Plaza News:
8F Carino Miyazaki Tachibanadori Higashi 4-8-1,Miyazaki City, Postal Code 880-0805
Tel: 0985-32-8457 Fax: 0985-32-8512
E-mail: miyainfo@mif.or.jp Homepage: http://www.mif.or.jp/

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