The dismal rainy weather did nothing to deter Miyazaki’s finest flappers and sneakiest mobsters from attending the secret party at Rosie Marie’s speakeasy in early March. Sakatani Roadside Campground Centre had been dolled up as the jumping Juice Joint, complete with a bar manned by Gino Gin and the sultry tones of Dina Diva’s vocals. The guest list included two warring mobsters, Southside Sal and Notorious Nick, whose names were on everyone’s lips all night. Was one of them responsible for the recent death of Rosie’s husband Louis? Upon arrival, everyone was handed a mysterious envelope by waitress Kitty Cocktail, the instructions and contents of which possible held the answer to that very question. Continue reading
2018 SDC Otsukare Banquet
This year’s ALT Skills Development Conference, on February 2nd, will mark a full day of presentations and brainstorming. To celebrate making it through such an arduous day, MAJET is throwing a party to say Otsukaresama!
Meet us at the delectable international buffet Manmaaru for an ‘Otsukare Banquet’. The tabenomi houdai will include delicious dishes from Italy, Turkey, Mexico, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, the Phillipines, and Morocco, and even caters to various allergy and dietary requirements. There will be meat-free options and allergen and gluten labelled dishes so you can enjoy a carefree dining experience. Continue reading
Winter Wonderland in Ebino
This blog entry has been updated to reflect details about the rescheduled 2018 Ice Skating event, which will now occur on February 4th.
Sleigh bells ring
are you listening
In the lane
snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
we’re happy tonight
Skating in a winter wonderland
In Ebino, we can skate like pros
And pretend that we’re Michelle Kwan
Hyuna-chan will say
let’s go for onsen
Then we’ll soak all night
amidst the snow
The perfect winter is a mix of hot and cold: curling up next to the fire, snowball fights, and hot chocolate. With that in mind, we’d love to invite you all to Miyazaki’s perfect mix of hot and cold. The Ebino Plateau in winter is absolutely breathtaking. Often blanketed in Japan’s famous powdered snow, it’s the perfect scene for MAJET’s first event of the year, and an annual favourite, Winter Wonderland in Ebino!
Meet us at Ebino Highlands Skating Rink for ice skating, hot ramen, and curry, then chase the cold away with a long dip in Ebino’s famous onsens! Continue reading
We Were … Mad for Mountains!!
This event has become an immensely popular staple in the MAJET calendar and for good reason; kayaking along autumnal embankments, cosy cabins surrounded by woodlands and a festival in one of the most remote villages in Japan.
Hello. Is it meat you’re looking for?
Get your tare sauce ready, Miyakonojo’s annual Yakiniku Festival is coming up on the 7th of October! The festival showcases Miyazaki beef and celebrates Miyakonojo as “the best place for meat in Japan” (which it definitely is). But instead of just telling you about it, we’ll let some Miyakonojo and southern Miyazaki locals do the talking. We’re sure you won’t want to miss the biggest fireworks and meat festival in Kyushu after you hear our seven guests’ favourite things about the event…
When: October 7th, 11:00am – 8:00pm
Where: Kannon-ike Park, Freedom Plaza, Takajo, Miyakonojo. (map)
Cost: Reserved table and meat package tickets cost ¥2,000.
But if you don’t mind waiting for a table to open up, the event and grill use is free, and you can buy meat packages at various stalls on the premises.
Transport: There will be shuttle buses running between Miyakonojo Station and the festival grounds. A schedule can be found here, but only in Japanese. Contact MAJET at email@example.com for translation services.
Who Wants to Be a Trivia Champion?
September marks the start of classes, speech contest and sports day preparations, cultural festivals, and long awaited, slightly cooler weather. It also marks the first MAJET Trivia Night in Miyakonojo! Join MAJET for a night of mind boggling quizzes, healthy competition, coveted prizes, and fantastic fun and see who will be crowned Trivia Champions of Miyazaki. Continue reading
Jellyfish, Vanquished Giant Snakes, and Sleeping Bags
2017 Welcome Weekend Summary
The final weekend of summer holidays saw over 50 JETs and our friends attending MAJET’s 2017 Welcome Weekend. Spread across a Beach BBQ, the Cape Toi Fire Festival and Sakaematsu Camping, there was something for everyone! It was the perfect event to welcome the new JETs to our beautiful (and HOT!) home prefecture. Continue reading
Meet Me in Miyazaki!
One of Miyazaki’s biggest and most exciting festivals, the Cape Toi Fire Festival, will be held on the 25th-26th of August this year. For those who don’t know, the Fire Festival features locals slinging lit torches towards the top of a 100-foot pole in order to light it: a sight not to be missed!
So that our new arrivals don’t miss out on this amazing festival, MAJET is planning a nearby welcome barbecue before the festival, so it’s a truly unforgettable weekend! Senpais, reach out to our newest additions by offering them a lift and let’s give them a proper welcome to beautiful, sunny Miyazaki!!
Making the Move to Miyazaki
This year, Miyazaki will be welcoming 21 new JETs to our sunny home. There are still a few days before your flights and we remember how stressful those last few days were for us. So we did some research and compiled a list of the biggest worries we had before departure. Here are 7 of our biggest worries about moving to Miyazaki and how to combat them! Continue reading
Preparing to Leave Miyazaki
When the time comes to say goodbye to sunny Miyazaki, it can feel like you’re in over your head. The fact of the matter is there will be a lot of things that normally, in our home countries, we’d be able to control. But because we have to rely on our BOEs or supervisors, that control just seems out of reach. But you’re not the only one to feel this way. Thousands of JET Senpais have gone through it and come out the other side before. Here at MAJET, we want to make the departure process as smooth as possible for you, so we’ve asked our JET Senpais to tell us their top leaving tips. These are the top 10 things you can and should control when the sun sets on your time in Hinata. Continue reading