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