AWIA Aizu Wakamatsu International Association

Hours of Operation: 9:00AM-5:45PM

(Closed: Every Monday & 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month,

national holidays, and the end of the year from Dec. 29th to Jan. 3rd.)

Event Information Page

New Year's Potluck Party

    Bring a dish to share and come mingle with members of the community at our annual potluck party.

    Take some time out of your weekend to relax, make connections, share new year's resolutions, and eat a variety of world cuisines. Family and friends welcome.

Date and Time: Saturday, January 27, 11am-1pm

Location: Aizu Wakamatsu International Association

Fee:100 yen for members, 200 for non-members

*We are also looking for a small number of volunteers (for whom participation is free) to help with decorations, party preparation and clean-up.

Nihongo Salon Event: Calligraphy and Tea

Learn about the traditional New Year's event of writing kakizome, the first calligraphy of the year.

Try your hand at using ink and brush to write an auspicious kanji or your resolution for the new year.

You'll also have the chance to practice sado, the art of tea ceremony, and enjoy a freshly whisked bowl of matcha.

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 9, 1:30pm-3:30

Location: Aizu Keikodo, Floor 3, Japanese-Style Room

Fee: Free, with no reservation necessary

Hello World: Mongolia Edition

Got a curious elementary schooler? Introduce him or her to Hello World, an interactive monthly classroom led by guests from around the world.

This month, wander to Mongolia, the land of the Eternal Blue Sky, on an expedition led by Ms. Onon Bayasgalan.

Date and Time: Saturday, January 27, 10am-11:30am

Location: Aizu Keikodo, Floor 3, Room 1

Age group: Elementary school students grades 1-6

Fee: 700 yen

AWIA Holiday Office Hours

Association Business Hours During the Holiday Season

The Aizu Wakamatsu International Association will be closed for the end of the year holidays from December 29th to January 3rd, 2018.

We wish you a safe and joyful holiday season, and look forward to seeing you starting January 4th of next year.

Snow Procedures

    This is a reminder of city snow removal protocol.

When snow reaches a height of 10cm, the city will remove snow along major roads.

Please cooperate by not parking your car on the road, clearing snow left on your doorstep and garage by the snow truck, and not dumping snow into regular road gutters.

This is Fukushima Calendar Call

The calendar is looking for photo submissions for the 2018 edition

     The production team of the annual “This is Fukushima” calendar project is announcing the start of photo submissions for the 2018 edition of the calendar. The calendar is on it’s sixth run, and consists of photos of Fukushima taken by people living locally.

If you have any photographs you would like to submit for consideration for the 2018 Calendar, you can send them

Deadline for Photo Submission: Deadline for Photo Submission: October 31st

Photo Criteria: The photos must have been taken in Fukushima prefecture. The theme is: Beautiful Fukushima - the land its people. Any submitted images that support this theme are given greater consideration in the selection process.

For more information about photo criteria and technical specifics, as well as the calendar project, visit

Nihongo Salon

    Want to practice speaking in Japanese? Nihongo Salon is perfect for those looking to practice their Japanese conversational skills with Japanese language volunteers and foreign nationals alike. Nihongo Salon is run every Tuesday, from 1:30PM to 3:30PM, at the Aizu Keikodo.

The participation fee is 2,000 yen for one year.

Radio Show Guests

    The AWIA hosts a twice weekly radio program called “Hello Aizu” on the local radio station, FMAizu (76.2 FM). We are looking for English speakers to come discuss a small topic of their choosing, in English. The interview can be a one-time event, or a repeating guest appearance. For first time guests, the interview will include a short self- introduction. Any and all ideas are welcome. Stop on by the radio station, and become a local celebrity today.

Hello World Guests

    Hello World is a program run by the AWIA that promotes international education and cross-cultural exchange among the children of Aizu-Wakamatsu City. Once a month, we would like to invite foreign-nationals to come introduce their country, and play international games with children, from 1st to 6th grade. Thank you money will be provided to all guests.

Date and Time: One Saturday during June through December; 9:00am to 12:15pm (3 classes total)

Newsletter Prep and Refreshments

    Help us to prepare our newsletters for mailing! On the last Saturday of every month, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, AWIA members gather at the AWIA to fold and mail next month’s edition of the newsletter, followed by tea and snacks. Come enjoy talking with other members while you help out the association. It’s also an excellent chance to put your Japanese to use!