Miyazaki Awaits

Placement announcements for Melbourne finally arrived just in time for the weekend!
Come July, your big city, little vegemite will be living and working in Miyazaki-shi, a small city along the grand coast of Kyushu Island!

I won’t deny I was pretty daunted when I first typed Miyazaki into google maps, watching on as the pin kept dropping further and further south, almost to the bottom of Kyushu island. I’m not sure what I expected exactly but I definitely didn’t anticipate to be living in the tropics, so far away from Honshu and so unlike anywhere I have visited in Japan before! But after much research and endless googling, I can honestly say I feel incredibly blessed to have received such a beautiful placement. Afterall, I didn’t want a huge city like Tokyo, nor a deeply rural placement, and I didn’t want to be knee-deep in snow either, so really I’ve hit the jackpot with Miyazaki-shi!

This will be a huge change of pace from Melbourne, but I am really looking forward to venturing into the unknown and learning more about a place that I essentially know very little about. Oh, and the local cuisine, we can’t forget about that!

Miyazaki-shi Google Maps

Here are some little facts!

  • Miyazaki-shi 宮崎市 is the capital city of Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu
  • A popular resort tourist destination for Japanese locals
  • Is very tropical, hot and humid.
  • Has an estimated population of 365,311 and a population density of 612 persons per km²
  • Known for it’s excellent all-year round surfing
  • Looks like a Japan’s Hawaii!

Local Food Specialties

  • Ripe Mangoes (my favouriteeeee)
  • Charcoal Chicken
  • Chicken Nanban (battered fried chicken with a special sweet and sour nanban sauce)
  • Miyazaki Beef
  • Cheese Maju Dumpling
  • Hiyajiru (fish and miso soup poured over rice)

Miyazaki Mango AnimePalmTree

Beach life, here I come! (Just stay away from me mukade ok? Thanks)


4 thoughts on “Miyazaki Awaits

  1. Congrats on getting such an excellent placement! I’ve never been to Miyazaki, but it looks wonderful. Now you can really get excited for Japan now that you know where you’re heading! 🙂


  2. Hi Thea, thank you so much!
    I am very excited. I haven’t yet been to Kyushu so I look forward to seeing what’s in store! Definitely not what I expected but that’s the whole gamble of JET isn’t it?!
    Beach life here I come 😊

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  3. Congratulations! I’m from the Wellington Consulate and have just been placed in Minoh-shi in Osaka-fu. Japan here we come!


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