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?!

dsc_0428.jpgThis year’s festival will be held in the same location, with the addition of awnings to provide glorious shade! But knowing sunny Hinata Miyazaki, you’ll still want to bring along some sunscreen and plenty of water. The events will consist of a few fan favourites from the 1st MAJET Undoukai, traditional Japanese sports festival activities, and some new exciting additions. Keep in mind that this is a Sports Day. While we will do our best to mix up high and low-activity level events, there definitely will be a fair amount of physical activity involved. By far the best part of a MAJET Undoukai is that there is no pre-event practice and no ominous marching. Yay!

Details

When: Saturday, October 14thhyuna_jump
Time: Registration: 12:30pm
            Opening Ceremony: 1:00pm
Where: Oyodo River Park, Miyazaki (map)
Cost: 500円 members
          700円 non-members
*Participant fees will go towards supplies, food, and drinks for this event as well as future MAJET events.  

日時:10月14日(土)
時間:12:30 受付
            13:00 開会式
場所:大淀川公園 (地図)
費用:500円 (MAJET メンバー)
           700円 (非会員 ノンメンバー)

Participants will be randomly placed into one of four teams. Each team will compete against the others in various events throughout the day, earning points depending on their results. The team with the most points will bring home the first place trophy (and a year’s worth of bragging rights).

Drinks and coolers will be provided by MAJET.

Transportation

The Undoukai will take place along the Oyodo River near Miyazaki City Hall. There are multiple car parks in the area and the closest train station is Miyazaki Station, which is roughly 1.5km away. We will be meeting at 12:30pm for registration, then the events will start promptly after the 1:00pm opening ceremony. Your teammates need you, so please don’t be late!

RSVP

You must register for this event using the below Google Form. The deadline for signing up is Wednesday, 11th October. As always, MAJET welcome anyone who’d like to attend our events, but please make sure your friends send in their own RSVP form before the deadline.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Undoukai!

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…

Yakiniku Poster 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 miyazakiajet@gmail.com for translation services.

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2017 MAJET-KAJET Dragon Boat Races!

Every October, hundreds of people travel to Kagoshima’s Nejime Port for the Minami Osumi Nejime Dragon Boat Festival! Teams of 10 people board colorful, dragon-shaped boats and race down a 380m river course to claim the prize.

This year, MAJET will be collaborating with Kagoshima AJET (KAJET) to bring Dragon Boat Racing to you! This is a great opportunity to meet our neighbor JETs and build new connections and friendships, while also enjoying and participating in a unique cultural experience. It’s been a couple of years since MAJET has participated in this event, but we’ve always had a really great time, and we are really looking forward to joining KAJET this year!

While this event isn’t until October, we have to register by the end of August (yikes!), so if you are interested in participating, please review the information below and RSVP as soon as possible! 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!!
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Volunteer at the 2017 Sea Festa!

*For information in Japanese, please click here

Sea Day (海の日) is coming, that lone public holiday in the long, hot month of July. It’s a day this island nation sets aside to show its gratitude and respect for the sea, and lots of people spend the weekend getting in some beach time.

A day at the beach isn’t easy for some, though. That’s why Marine Blue organizes a volunteer event each year called Sea Festa (海フェスタ)! This event started years ago to help encourage people with muscular dystrophy to enjoy the sea. The event has grown to include many other disabilities as well. Some guests are blind, some have brain injuries, and some have other physical impairments. Continue reading

Here’s looking at you, kid

The rainy season is upon us and with it comes Daiso humidifiers, hydrangeas, mould, and bittersweet farewells. Before our new and old friends leave Miyazaki for bigger, better things, let’s end it with a bang at the 2017 Farewell Party. Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, our leavers will be walking into Aoshima’s Cafe Zeal to listen to Sam play it again. While we all eat and drink way too much, we’ll know that’s it’s not goodbye, it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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Amazing Adventures in Aoshima!

While rain threatened most of the week, we had clear sunny skies all day long for this year’s Amazing Race, and an amazing event it was!

The participants arrived bright and early–all 74 of them!–eager and ready for a day of fun games and challenges. This was definitely our biggest race yet! We were very happy to see so many local college students participating and getting a chance to have some real-world encounters engaging with foreigners.

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