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Plaza News Vol.9

Year-end & New-Year Plaza Closure Announcement

  The Miyazaki Prefecture International Foundation would be
  closed from 29 December 2006 (Fri) to 3 January 2007.
  We would resume operations on 4 January (Thurs).

Free distribution of back-numbered books

  The Plaza is giving out its back issues of Newsweek, Filipino
  news “Pinoy” and some older books in its library corner.
  There are limited copies so please drop by early and have a look!

  Date of distribution: 1 December (Fri) to 28 December (Thurs)    
  Location: Miyazaki International Plaza

3rd International Understanding Talk – Feel the world around you! 
           ~Democratic Republic of the Congo~  *FREE

  Fun activities are planned on top of an introduction to the
  culture and customs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  Interested parties, we await your application! 
  *The talk would be held in English
  Date: 2 December 2006 (Sat) 10:30 am to 12:00 pm         
  Speaker: Mr Eloi Fundi Tanganika 
  Location: Carino Miyazaki 8th Floor Gaga-8 (Community Hall)
  Participant limit: 70
  (prior application required, first-come-first-served basis)
  Application: Call or send a fax or email together with your name
  and contact number (please also tell us what you would like to
  know about in the talk when applying)    
  Application/Enquiries: 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!

*Please note that the last practice lesson would be on the 22
  December 2006 (Fri). Lessons will reopen on the 9 January 2007(Tues).

  Date/Time: Every Tuesday & Friday  10:30 am to 11:30 am     
  Location: Carino Miyazaki 8th Floor Inside Gaga-8
  Enquiries: Miyazaki International Foundation

Looking for Volunteers! 

  1. International Contact Chat (Kokusai Fureai Chat) Volunteers
     We are looking for volunteers who enjoy talking in English,
     Mandarin or Korean in our International Contact Chat sessions.
     If you are willing to help out, please let us know!

  2. Looking for International Understanding Talk Speakers
     Would you like to introduce your country’s cultures and customs
     to the residents of Miyazaki? The talks would be an hour long.

  We look forward to hearing from you! For more information please
  enquire at the Miyazaki International Foundation.

“Miyazaki – Looking in From the Outside”
        International Art Exhibition 2007 – ARTWORKS NEEDED!!                         

  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! 
  ~Deadline for submission(s): 28 December 2006 (Thursday)~
  ◇Theme: Impressions of Miyazaki and content that is 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 artwork(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 artwork(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.         
  ◆Time of Exhibition & Location◆:
   22 February (Thurs) to 28 February
    2007 (Wed) / Carino Miyazaki 8th Floor Gaga-8 Free Space 
  Questions/Submissions: Miyazaki International Foundation  

Talk on Australia      *Free to participate, no registration needed

  Nobeoka’s very own Australian Coordinator of International
  Relations would be holding a talk themed “Comparison of Japan
  and Australia”. Please do take part! See you there!
  Date & Time: 13 December 2006 (Wed) 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Venue: Nobeoka City Social Education Centre (Shakai kyouiku Centre)
            Training room No. 3 (Kenshū-shitsu 3)
  Enquiries: Nobeoka City International Exchange Promotion Office  
            Tel: 0982-22-7006

International Exchange Dance Lesson (Trial Lesson)

  Would you like to learn dancing from an American teacher currently
  residing in Miyakonojo City? Indulge yourself in different styles
  such as foxtrot, waltz, tango, cha-cha and meringue!

  Date & Time: 6 & 13 December 2006 (Wed), 7:30pm to 9:00 pm  
  Venue: Miyakonojo City Labour Hall (Miyakonojo-shi Kinrōsya-kaikan)
  Teacher: Ms. Lori
  Participant limit: 20           
  Participation fee: MIA members – 500 yen/ Non-members –700 yen(1 lesson)
  Application/Enquiries: Miyakonojo International Association 
  Tel: 0986-23-2295/ Fax: 0986-23-3223 
  Email: mia@city.miyakonojo.miyazaki.jp

Kiyotake Town Winter Party  *FREE

  Wouldn’t you like to take a little break from the hectic
  year-end period and enjoy a little time with our international
  guests? *Please bring one food item with you.
  Date: 3 December 2006 (Sun) 6:00pm to 8:00pm  
  Venue: Kiyotake Town Culture Hall Small Hall (Kiyotake-chō Bunka kaikan) 
  Participant limit: 100 people (first-come-first-served)
  Participants: Junior high school & above
  (Junior high school participants must be accompanied by parents/guardians)

  Application/Enquiries: Kiyotake-chō Town Office General Affairs Division
  Tel: 0985-85-1111 Fax: 0985-85-1496

 An Event for both Parents & Kids!  *Free of charge & no registration needed 

  1) Storybook reading session       
       Date & Time: 6, 13, 20 December 2006 (Every Wed) 2:00 pm to 2:30pm

  2) Sing-along with Nursery Rhymes!  
       Date & Time: 8 December 2006 (Fri) 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  *Sing-along with simple nursery rhymes that Japanese children
  used to sing in the past!

  Venue: Carino Miyazaki 8th Floor Gaga-8 Children’s Land    
  Enquires: Children’s Land (Kodomo-rando) Tel: 0985-83-2560

★December Events★ 

◎Nyutabaru Air Base Air Festival 
 3 Dec (Sun) 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 
 Shintomi town/JASDF Nyutabaru Base

◎Swedish Broadcast Choir 
 10 Dec (Sun) Seating: 1:30 pm Show starts: 2:00 pm 
 Miyazaki Prefectural Arts Centre Isaac Stern Hall
 *All reserved seats, \5000 per ticket.
 Student discount (Elementary to University): 2000 yen
 Enquiries: Miyazaki Prefectural Arts Centre Ticket Centre
        Tel: 0985-28-7766

◎Huang Wenquan China-Japan Vocal Solo Concert  
 ~Homeland Japan Recital Tour~ 
 15 Dec (Fri) 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
 Miyazaki Prefectural Arts Centre Event Hall
 *Participation fee: 1000 yen

◎Shimo Aso Beach Christmas Festival 
 16 Dec (Sat) 7:30 pm~  
 Nobeoka City/Kitaura Town Shimo Aso Beach
 *1000 shots of fireworks!

◎Gokase Highland Ski Slope 2007 Season Open! 
 15 Dec 2006 (Fri)~18 Mar 2007 (Sun) 
 8:00 am ~ 4:30 pm 
 Gokase town/ Gokase Highland Ski Slope
 *No closure during season, however may close on days of poor

The Lion’s Walkway                            Neo Su Yu

Every time I write this mini-diary I’m reminded that another
month has gone by. This month was filled with school visits,
and I went from Miyazaki City to Takachiho, Nobeoka, Tsuno,
Miyakonojo, Saito…sometimes I have to carry bags of netball,
sepak takraw (rattan ball) and my laptop with me on long journeys
and believe me that wasn’t fun. But the good thing about being
with kids is that they always manage to make you feel younger
than you are. Some kids even made origami for me as farewell
presents. How sweet!
Oh by the way, the Gokase Highland Ski Slope will be open soon,
so all you ski lovers, keep a lookout for it! Wished I could ski!


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