Rainy Season in Miyazaki

The ajisai (hydrangeas) have bloomed and the rainy season is fast approaching. For veteran JETs, this is old news, but first year JETs are in for a real treat (sarcasm intended).

Rainy season in Miyazaki usually lasts for about a month or so, and generally starts around June. You can expect anywhere from a little to a whole heck of a lot of rain on any given day. The lack of reprieve makes it incredibly difficult for anything to dry off, and the accumulated moisture and humidity can be very damaging not only to our souls, but also to our clothes and furniture.

But never fear! We’ve previously covered what to wear during the rainy season. This time we’re here to guide you through this swampy season with some tried and true methods to keep your home dry and mold-free!

Prevention is Key

So, I live in the southernmost town, which is quite warm and humid. My apartment also has no A/C and no dehumidifier. However, I’ve never had any major issues with mold. Why is that? Well, I grew up in a home where my mother regularly bleached the walls. At the time, I thought she was crazy (and still do, to an extent), but after coming to Japan I began to think that maybe she was on to something.

Giving everything (walls, windows, hard surfaces of furniture, etc.) a good wipe-down with bleach water or カビキラー (kabi killer) before the rainy season sets in makes sure there is no dirt, dust, or grime for moisture to attach to. Then, even if you don’t fully scrub your shower every single weekend, you’re not likely to get much mold accumulation, and what does accumulate is relatively easy to take care of. So, despite having no appliances to help me keep my apartment’s climate under control, I’ve rarely had any problems.

In the event your house still develops mold, you can also buy mold bombs, which not only kill existing mold but also help prevent future mold. To use one, simply remove it from the packaging, fill the container to the marked line with water, then place the container in your shower area, drop the tablet in, and quickly close the door. Be sure to air out your shower for a few hours after using this.

Use DESICCANTS

What are desiccants? Desiccants absorb moisture. You can find a variety of them at any general store. You can get small ones to put inside drawers, hanging ones to put in your closets, sheets for under your futon, box-shaped ones to just sit out in the room—there are even desiccants to keep in your shoes! You may find this amusing, however, it is actually a godsend for suede and other fabric shoes.

You might have to replace desiccants several times during the rainy season (it’s that humid), but they’re pretty cheap, and outside of the rainy season they’ll usually last several months at a time. You should be able to find them near the laundry detergent and other cleaning supplies. Speaking of laundry…

Dry Your Laundry Inside

Especially if you have an air conditioner! Most A/C’s will have a ドライ setting which will help your clothes dry infinitely faster than hanging them outside. If you don’t have an A/C, even just pointing a fan at your clothes will make a huge difference. Having good airflow is key, which is why it’s also better to hang your laundry in a large/open room than to hang it in the bathroom.

Alternatively, you could dish out the money to take it to a laundromat and dry it there.

Wrapping Up…

So there you have it! Should any other cleaning problems crop up, be sure to check out this post all about keeping your house clean.

We hope you’ll enter into your first rainy season feeling a bit more confident about how to handle it. If you have any questions or additional suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Last-Minute Speech Contest Prep!

For all those high school ALTs out there, the Miyazaki Prefectural High School English Speech Contest is only one week away! Soon, the extra after-school hours and lunchtime practice sessions will be over, but until then, we’re sure everyone is working hard to make sure their students can give their best performances next Wednesday.

Veteran ALTs have probably got their tricks and strategies down, but for those just starting out, they may not be sure what to focus on. So, we’ve put together some advice and strategies to use to help you really boost your students’ performance. At this point in time, nothing can be done about the manuscripts themselves, so we can only focus on three things: pronunciation, time, and delivery. Continue reading

The Battle for Cleanliness: A Fight You Don’t Have to Face Alone

So you’ve survived your journey to the Far East, somehow stumbled through three days of Tokyo Orientation, and, after what feels like a lifetime, you’ve finally arrived in the place that will be your new home for (at least) the next year.

You were picturing it all–either your predecessor gave you a virtual tour and sent you pictures, or you were just imagining the quintessential Japanese apartment: tatami rooms with that fresh straw smell, the small but quaint rooms, and of course a fancy Toto Toilet that would not only spray your bottom, but would revolutionize the very way you experienced the bathroom. Yes, life in Japan would be beautiful, organized and neat, just like the train stations in Tokyo and Osaka. 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

Setting Good Pred-cedent

This one’s for you, leaving friends. We figured you are going for the title of Most Perfect Amazing Superhero Predecessor Ever, in addition to sit-squeezing stuffed Hello Kitties into your suitcase, processing 3.5 million forms, and cry-singing songs (all probably named “Sakura”) at nightly goodbye karaoke parties. Continue reading

Welcome Fellow Miyazakians!

With the start of the new JET year and the arrival of so many lovely faces to Miyazaki, MAJET wants to extend a special hello to all the new JETs who have just arrived to this beautiful part of the world. You may be weary-eyed from long flights, jet lag, and an intense few days at Tokyo orientation, but we want to make time to welcome you with open arms (Miyazakians are very welcoming) and wish you all that’s best as you get on your feet over the next few weeks.

HELLO FRIENDS!

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Now that you know you’re not alone out here (woohoo!) and you feel fuzzy and warm inside (you do, right?) its time for the stuff. New friends, this post is mainly for you, though there are probably some senpais who would appreciate it as well.

In preparation for your arrival, we asked your senpai JETs for any useful tips or advice to pass on to you to help you settle in to your new homes. While every situation is truly different (believe us, we hate saying it as much as you hate hearing it), hopefully their stories will make you feel less alone, and their advice will help you feel more prepared to take on the many new challenges you will encounter in your first few weeks.

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