The Amazing Race 2018- Call for Volunteers!

Hello hello! It’s time to plan this year’s Amazing Race Miyazaki!

If you’re not sure what the Amazing Race is, check out our past blog posts!

The event will be held on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. To keep things fresh, we’ll be moving from last year’s location in Aoshima back to central Miyazaki City. This year’s theme is something magical (we think you’re gonna love it!), but we need your help to make it a reality. Continue reading

Mobsters, Murder, and All That Jazz: MAJET’s 2nd Murder Mystery Night!

All’s quiet in Miyazaki in March. Spring has begun and the promise of impending cherry blossoms can warm some of the coldest of hearts. But not all hearts… The retreating Winter chill can’t be kept at bay when there’s murder in the air!

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2016’s Cabin in the Woods: Murder Mystery

MAJET’s Murder Mystery event is back this year with a theme that’s piping hot! As you travel to Nichinan, travel back almost 100 years to the Roaring 20s, a time of mobsters, bootleggers, flappers, jazz singers, slick bar tenders, speakeasy saloon owners, and corrupt policemen. Prohibition has just been lifted which means there’s cause for celebration at the shifty saloon, Juice Joint. You’re all on the invitation list! The question is, who is on the hit list? Join us for the 2nd MAJET Murder Mystery Night to find out!  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.

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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

The 2017 Miyazaki City International Festa

Every December, the Miyazaki international Foundation hosts a grand international exchange event, and this year’s was the biggest yet!

Groups from throughout the prefecture came to host information booths to teach about their home countries and cultures. Many people performed traditional music or danced on stage. Visitors enjoyed trying their hand at crafts, practicing a new language, and playing new instruments. A variety of food and drinks were available as well.

Many of our JETs submitted artwork to the exhibition. It was so hard to choose a favorite because all of the pieces were so great!

There was even a Japanese speech contest! We don’t get many chances to try and give a big speech in Japanese, so this was a great opportunity to test our skills.

The Kiyotake  International Association, Miyazaki City International Association, and MAJET took advantage of the event’s timing to feature Christmas Around the World! There was a raffle with many Christmas toys and decorations as prizes, and many guests enjoyed having their face painted.

MAJET’s activity booth was popular with people of all ages! Adults enjoyed making German Froebel stars and trying our Christmas-themes origami, while the younger guests enjoyed making colorful popsicle  stick ornaments. Many guests were curious about our Christmas display, and others enjoyed getting the chance to exchange stories with our volunteers.

This year’s International Festa was truly a great experience. If you missed it, be sure to try and stop by next year!

Thank you to all our of wonderful volunteers who helped make the day special.

December Pub Quiz!

Gather your friends and put on your thinking caps! MAJET is hosting a Winter Pub Quiz at The Bar in Miyazaki City. Good company, good drinks, and the chance to prove just how much useless trivia you know are all on tap for the night. There’s also a chance to win some prizes! The entrance fee is 1000円, which includes one drink, but there is also a nomihoudai option as well. Continue reading

Mad for Mountains!

Miyazaki is known as the sunniest place of Japan (the original name of Himuka literally means “facing the sun”), so many people think that summer is the best time to visit. However, the autumn can be just as exciting, if you know where to look. 😉

Many of Miyazaki’s hidden gems are tucked away in the mountains to the northwest. Forests boasting beautiful foliage, hidden rivers and waterfalls, excellent hiking, and much more await the intrepid explorer! Here, the towns are small and unique customs are passed on from generation to generation. The locals are friendly and eager to share their experiences with passersby. And lucky for you, MAJET has planned an event to show you all of these wonderful things in a single weekend! Continue reading

Second MAJET Sports Day!

Why should the kids have all the fun? Gather your friends and join us at Oyodo River Park across from Miyazaki City Hall on October 14th to put your speed, strength, and skill to the test!  After the rousing success of last year’s Undoukai, MAJET is excited to host another one! In 2016, Team Instinct (pictured below) took home the very first MAJET Undoukai Cup.  Will your team rise to the occasion and top Instinct’s final score?! Continue reading