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MiyazakiPrefecture International Plaza Opening Ceremony

he Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza which opened in April last month will having our official opening ceremony! There will be “ Miyazaki -from the inside looking in” art exhibition by foreign residents in Miyazaki and exhibits of world traditional costumes and items available for loan at our Plaza. We will also be organizing a “Japanese Traditional Culture Class” for foreigners. So don't miss this great opportunity to come learn about Japanese culture and come celebrate our opening with us!

Japanese Traditional Culture Class ~ Ikebana & Japanese Calligraphy

Date : Wednesday, May 17 th 10:30 ~ 12:00 (Reception starts 10:00 ~)
Venue : 8F Carino Miyazaki Gaga-8 Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza
Participant Limit : 15 Participation Fee : 300yen(for materials)
To Apply : Submit the application form, or register by phone, email or fax.
Application Deadline : Wednesday, May 10 th Questions : Miyazaki International Foundation.

Counter Volunteers Wanted at Miyazaki International Plaza !

If you are above 18 years old and residing in Miyazaki , we welcome you to join us as our counter volunteers to assist visitors and our other projects. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us for more details. * Only for people with Japanese proficiency.

Dates : Tuesday, June 6 th to Saturday, September 30 th .
Available Shifts : 1. 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 2. 1:00.- 4:00 p.m. 3. 4:00.- 7:00 p.m. Once a week, from Tuesday to Saturday
Type of Work : ○ Serve and introduce International Plaza to visitors ○ Assist in document postages ○ Librarian work ○ Sorting out stamps and phone cards etc for charity purposes ○ Data entry and information searching on computers etc.
Transportation reimbursements : 500yen per day / Others : Insurance fee will be covered by the Foundation
Application Deadline : Saturday, May 20 th Application/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 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Venue : 8F Carino Miyazaki Gaga-8 Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza
To Enroll : Submit the application form, available at the Miyazaki International Plaza . Questions : Miyazaki International Foundation.

Volunteers Wanted for International Chat Sessions

We are looking for English speakers to volunteer in our chat sessions. Participants of any nationality and English proficiency are welcome to join. One time participation is most welcomed too! Please contact us for more details.

Dates/Time : Tuesday, May 16 th through Tuesday, June 13 th , Every Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm , 5 sessions in total
Venue : 8F Carino Miyazaki Gaga-8 Miyazaki Prefecture International Plaza
: Miyazaki International Foundation

Lunch and Simple English Conversation Friday, May 19 th 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m . 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.

Location : Nobeoka City Social Education Center , Seminar Room 2
Questions : Nobeoka City International Relations Office Tel: 0982-22-7006

Fun with Korean Cooking Tuesday, May 23 rd , 6:30 to 9:30pm

Come learn about Korea and her food culture! * Please bring your own apron, slippers and container to take home leftovers.

Location : Miyazaki City Sogo Fukushi Hoken Center , 2F Cooking Room (Next to Miyazaki City Library)
Participant Limit : 30 people * To be decided by lottery if applicants exceed limit. Registration Deadline : Friday, May 12 th
Participation Fee : \500 (Free for Miyazaki City International Association members and students of high school and below. Free for group membership members for up to 5 people.)
To Registe
r : Please submit your particulars using the application form or by fax.
Registration/Questions : “Fun with Korean Cooking”, Miyazaki City International Association in Miyazaki City Regional Community Division, Postal code 880-08505 (Full address not necessary) Tel. 0985-21-1719 Fax. 0985-22-0200

Global Frying Pan II (International Cooking Class) Thursday, May 25 th , 6:30pm ~

The Coordinators of International Relations of Nichinan City, Kushima City , Kitago Town and Nango Town are going to challenge themselves to cooking Mexican cuisine! Please come join them and learn about South American culture! See you there!

Location : Kushima City Central Community Center (Chuo Kouminkan)
Participant Limit : About 20 people Participation Fee : About \800
Registration Deadline : Wednesday, May 24 th
Registration /Questions : Elizabeth Southwell, Coordinator of International Relations, Nichinan City Trade &Tourism Division Tel:0987-31-1134 Fax:0987-23-3100

Delightful Cooking Class! Thursday, May 25 th 10:00am ~ 1:00pm

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

Location : Nobeoka City Social Education Center , Cooking Room
Participant Limit : 25 people (Prior registration required; first come, first served.)
Participation Fee : \700 for ingredients.
Registration/Questions : Nobeoka City International Relations Office Tel: 0982-22-7006

Guinness World Record Basketball Marathon : Volunteers/Participants needed!

We are going to break the Guinness World Record for the longest basketball marathon which was recently set at 58 hours . . . by playing for 60 hours . . . Straight! We're doing this for charity to and to do this we need a lot of help from a lot of you(We're looking for some 100 volunteers!). First we need players (to play a whole 60 hours!). We need you to act as witnesses or stewards , and also people ( doctors or nurses registered in any country ) from the medical profession to be there throughout the event! We also need DJs that are willing to help us pump the event up for both the spectators and the players. Finally, we need help contacting TV and newspaper media who can cover and promote the event for us. If you or know of friends who are interested to participate or help in anyway, please do hesitate to contact Cary Reid at , Patrick Bellew at , or Christian Tsuji at . Let's all make this event happen in Miyazaki !
Event Date/Time: Friday, June 16 th 8:00a.m to Sunday, June 18 th 8:00p.m.
Venue : Miyazaki City Comprehensive Gymnasium (Sogo Taiikukan) .

The 6 th Shizuoka InternationalLiterature Translation Competition Entries Submission2005-2006

Eligible Participants: We welcome applicants of all nationalitiesand ages. Eligibility excludes individuals who have previously published translations of literary works or similar materials ( including joint translations by two or more translators ) .
Application Rules: Translation subject - To choose one work of fiction and one critical review from the designated titles . for translation and submission as a set of twotranslations . Target Languages - English . French and Chinese (select one target language).
Deadline for Entries : Sunday, December 10 th , 2006 o Please refer to the website for material titles and application procedures.
Questions : Izu Literature Festival Organizing Committee Office Tel: 054-221-3109 Fax: 054-250-2784
Email : URL:

Japan Associationof Language Teaching (JALT) Miyazaki BranchMeeting: “ Can't Get No Satisfaction?: Role Perception among Native-Speaker Tertiary EFL Educators ”FREE

Join us to exchange ideas with otherlanguage teachers living in Miyazaki . Interested persons are strongly encouraged to participate. The guest speaker is Paul Hullah, Associate Professor of English at the University of Miyazaki .

Date/Time : Saturday, May 20 3:00-5:00p.m.
Location : Miyazaki Municipal University , Research and Lecture Building , 3 rd Floor, Room 310
Questions : Steve Davies (, Shimo Etsuko ( / 0985-20-4825)
JALT Website:
Miyazaki Branch:

The 28 th Minami Kyushu Toast Masters Club Meeting Open to Public Participation)

Persons of age 18 and above who arinterested in English communications are most welcomed to join us in our meeting to exchange ideas and make friends who share the same interest. Please feel free to come participate!

Date/Time : Saturday, May 20 6:30-8:30p.m.
Location : Miyazaki Citizens'Plaza, 4 th Floor, Small Meeting Room
Questions : Tometsuka-san Tel: 080-3220-0301 Email:

April Events

2006 Miyazaki International Street Music Festival

Sat., May. 6, 3:00-7:00pm
Miyazaki City Tachibana Street 1-3 Chome
The renowned conductor Charles Dutoit and other first-rate performers will be performing in this street concert of many music genres.

Mountain Climbing and Walking in Spring

Sat., May. 20 3:00pm - Sun., May. 21 3:00pm Takaharu Town, meet at Ojibaru Park

2D1N mountain climbing and walking expedition around Kirishima mountain range. Participation fees: 9000yen for adult and 4500yen for children, for 1 night accommodation, 3 meals(dinner, breakfast and bento lunch) and insurance. Registration deadline: Wed., May 18.
Registration/Questions : Takaharu Town Tourism Association
Tel :
0984-42-4560 Fax : 0984-42-5655

Sand Sculptures Building Competition

Sun., May 14 (If rain,Sun., May 28) 8:30am ~
Hyuga City , Okuragahama Beach

A day of fun with sand sculptures building for children and adults. Great prizes to be won! Registration deadline :Tues.,May 9
Registration/Questions : Hyuga Kabocha-no-kai Office in Hayami Electrics
Tel : 0982-54-3394

Idenoyama Firefly Festival

Late May- Early June
Kobayashi City , Idenoyama Lake

Come enjoy the magical light of fireflies in a natural environment.
Questions :
Kobayashi City Tourist Association Tel: 0984-22-8684

Terebikko Diary

Evonne Yiu

How is/was Golden Week for you? It is no doubt the most looked forward week on the Japanese calendar with four public holidays together, and thus earned itself the name. But have you ever wonder what and why we are celebrating ? April 29 is the Greenery Day ,which started as a holiday to celebrate the birthday of the late Showa emperor but now a day to honour Mother nature for her blessings. May 3 was marked the Constitution Memorial Day from 1948,and May 5 is Children's Day , but more commonly known as “ Boy's Festival ” as still seen in the prevailing custom of flying carp fish streamers( koinobori ) to celebrate the healthy growth of boys. May 4 is the National Holiday , but in fact has no special nor festive reason. Under the Public Holiday Law in 1948, whereby it is stipulated that a day which falls between two holidays shall also be a holiday and so May 4 was made a holiday. However, May 4 this year will be the last National Holiday , as it will be changed to the Greenery Day and April 29 will be “ The Showa Day ” from next year. Not that we are losing out on holidays so no worries. Just to let you know, the next National Holiday will come in 22 September 2009 , in between Respect for the Aged Day on September 21 and Autumnal Equinox Day on September 23. A bonus to look forward to!
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