Miyazaki Awaits

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)

 

Winter Wonderland, oh Japan

Winter Wonderland, oh Japan

It’s been just over a week since I returned from my Winter holiday in Japan and as usual, my post-holiday blues are in full swing and showing no signs of stopping!

From the moment we touched down I’ll admit a little (OK, huge) part of me was desperately searching for a Lawson’s Conbini. Well, you never know, one may have magically made its way to Melbourne in my absence, ready for me to raid the Musubi shelf of it’s super oishi Tuna and Mayo Onigiri. But unfortunately, I blinked and was not-so-kindly reminded that I was back in Aussie town, when I received awful customer service at Duty Free-before I had even left the airport.

Ohh how I appreciate Japanese hospitality so much!

I’ll let my pictures do the talking but I will say this- for someone who is not so fond of winter, I’m officially converted. Japan, and especially Hokkaido, were absolutely mesmerizing in this season! And just as picturesque at this time of year as in Spring. If you ever get the chance, please visit Japan in Winter, you won’t regret it.

Oh and the ramen..OH MY GOODNESS..the ramen.

#amazing #oishioishioishi

  1. Sapporo, Otaru, Nisekosapporo-beer-museum-outside-2016

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2. Tokyo

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3. Yamanouchi 

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4. Kyoto, Osaka

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One Week to go!

One Week to go!

One week left until I return to the wonderful land of sumo and sushi! I never thought I’d be visiting again so soon. So excited to eat. And see snow!

Since I never had the chance to talk about how incredibly sugoi my first trip to Japan was, here’s an unedited (and incredibly condensed) pictorial of my favourite snaps from my Nihongo travels last year.

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  1. Osaka

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2. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

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3. Nara

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4. Kyoto

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4. Kinosaki

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5. Hiroshima

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6. Kobe

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7. Takayama

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8. Tokyo

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