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

Zoom Workshop for Online Beginners

Have you ever found yourself asking “what exactly is ‘zoom'?” or “I keep seeing information about online events, but how do I join?” If you have ever found yourself in this situation, then this FREE in-person workshop is for you! We will walk you through using Zoom step by step so you can connect with friends and join all kinds of online events in the future!
Date: April 10th (Sat)
Time: 9:30 - 11:00
Place: AizuWakamatsu Interenational Association
    Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Sakaemachi, 2-14
Sign Up: Please contact the AWIA by Friday, April 9th
Cost: Free!

Please bring headphones and a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

A fun, flower-viewing fitness event!

Baduanjin Qigong is a traditional Chinese exercise that focuses on stretching and helps improve overall health. Come joing the international association under the cherry blossoms for this begineer-friendly fitness event! Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and a mask.

Date: April 18th (Sun)
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Place: Kotokuji Temple Grounds
    Aizuwakamatsu, Sakaemachi 2-12    
Cost: Free!

*In the case of rain, the event will be moved to the AWIA.

Strawberry Daifuku Workshop!

It’s strawberry season in Aizu! Come celebrate by making a delicious springtime treat with the AWIA! Members will receive a member-exclusive discount of ¥300/person. The workshop will be conducted in Japanese with English and Chinese support available.   

Date: Sunday, March 28th
Time: 14:30
Price: ¥800/ 6 piece set (¥1,100 for non-members)
Place: “Gaburi Garden” 〒965-0813 Fukushima, Aizuwakamatsu, Higashiyamamachi Oaza Ishiyama, Innai 408
Sign Up: Please contact the AWIA by Friday, March 26th

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Vaccine Distribution in Aizu Wakamatsu

At long last, the glimmer of hope that portends the end of the coronavirus pandemic has arrived in Aizu. As you may have heard, the national government recently approved the Pfizer vaccine, and preparations are now underway in Aizu to distribute it.
■Distribution Order:
(Group 1) Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.
(Group 2) Residents ages 65 and older.
(Group 3) Residents under the age of 65 who have underlying health conditions, and those working in elderly care facilities.
(Group 4) All other residents under the age of 65.
※Vaccinations for those in groups (2), (3), and (4) are expected to begin after April.
■Vaccination Process:
The city will distribute vaccine passes in the mail. When you receive your pass, please make an appointment to receive vaccination by one of the following methods:
A) Private Vaccination (Receive injection from your usual doctor.)
B) Public Vaccination (Receive injection from a vaccination center. Preparations are being made at culture centers and gymnasiums.)
■Number of Injections:
The Pfizer vaccine, which is currently the only one approved for use in Japan, requires 2 injections within a 21-day period. Even if additional vaccines are approved, your first and second injection will always contain the same vaccine from the same company.

Please check the Aizu Wakamatsu city homepage for the latest updates regarding vaccinations and distribution scheduling.

Spring Japanese Classes

The AWIA will soon be starting our spring semester of Japanese language courses. With the aid of our volunteers, we offer courses ranging from beginner-level to advanced. Our classes aim to strike a balance between reading, writing, and conversation. Class sizes are small, and some students may even have 1 on 1 lessons. We also offer lessons online. If you are looking to kick-start your Japanese this spring, please consider taking classes with us!

Time: ★Night Course Every Thursday 18:30~20:00
   April 1st - June 24th * no classes April 29th(12 classes)
   ★Day Course Every Friday 10:00~11:30
    April 2nd - June 18th(12 classes)
Place: Aizu Keikodo
Cost: AWIA members ¥4000, non-members ¥6000
Content: Lessons focussing on Japanese grammar.Held in groups split by current Japanese level.         
※For first time participants, we will do an easy level check so we can assign groups in classes.Please apply as soon as possible.

★Online Course

This year,in response to to feedback from our participants, we will have an online option available for those who do not want to or cannot attend in person. Scheduling is flexible, so ask us if you're interested!
12Lessons(90min per class)
Date/Time: Flexible
Fees: \4000(AWIA members) \6000(non-AWIA members)

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Children’s Nihongo Hiroba &Nihongo Salon has been started

Children’s Nihongo Hiroba

Open for children with foreign roots, from elementary grade 1~age 18. Experienced Japanese teachers and volunteers will use Japanese language and school textbooks to support children’s learning.
Date/Time: Every 2nd and 4th Sunday, 10:00~12:00
Location: The AWIA Offices
Cost: ¥2000/year (guardian must be a member of AWIA)

Nihongo Salon

The Nihongo Salon is a place for people who want to learn and speak more Japanese. Participate in various activities and events throughout the year, and learn some useful Japanese for everyday life.
Date/Time: Every Tuesday, 13:30~15:30
Location: The Aizu Keikodo
Cost: free(must be an AWIA member to participate).                         

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.

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!