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

International Understanding Lecture Presented by IVY:

     This time the lecture is called:“What Does‘Wealth’Mean to You?”When you think of a “rich society” what do you imagine? This lecture, presented by Mariko Abe, will discuss the concept of a prospering society by looking at Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the lens of international cooperation. Admission is free.

Date and Time:Tuesday, November 14th: 7:00pm-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Location: Aizu Keikodo

Price: Adults: 999 yen, Students: 500 yen, Elementary School Students and Younger: free

    Tickets and information: Tel. 080-1804-7141.

9th Annual Nihongo De Hanasou

    It's the season for the 9th session of Nihongo de Hanasou. Nihongo de Hanasou is an opportunity for you to give a speech in Japanese about something that matters to you: the culture of your country, differences here in Japan, daily life, family and friends, or anything else you would like to talk about. Not only will you have the chance to dust off those Japanese skills with a short speech, you’ll also have be able to hear about other peoples’ experiences.

    Come support each other with your stories, enjoy a fun cultural exchange, and make some new friends! (family and friends are welcome)

Date and Time: Saturday, November 25th; 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Aizu Keikodo, 3rd Floor, Rooms 2 and 3

    Apply with the AWIA by Saturday, November 25th.

African Makonde Music and International Understanding Tour

    The Makonde are an indigenous group from parts of Tanzania and Mozambique, with their own language, religion, rituals, and cultural arts. Come learn more about them, and enjoy some music as well!

There will also be a special performance by the popular group, NADJA.

Date and Time: Saturday, September 23rd(a national holiday);30 minute tours any time from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Place: The grounds of Tsurugajo Castle

Please note: We will also have a multi-language information desk available on the day of the parade. If you have any questions, festival related or otherwise, please come to the desk between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

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!