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

Autumn Japanese Classes

Japanese conversation classes for foreign residents will begin from September, run by Japanese volunteer members of the AWIA. We have more information available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Time: ★Night Course Every Thursday 18:30~20:00
   September 3~November 19 (12 classes)
   ★Day Course Every Friday 10:00~11:30
   September 4~November 20 (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)

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).    

Paint your own Akabeko in this hands-on event!

Come join the newest AWIA staff member, Nola, for a traditional craft experience! Visitors can choose their preferred craft from several designs, including the classic Akabeko, Aizu Wakamatsu’s Koboshi, a traditional Kakishibubeko, and a variety of Japanese masks! This event is for all ages, and will be conducted in both English and Japanese.

Date: October 25th, Sunday
Time: 14:00~15:30
Place: Warabi ( 笑美 ) Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Chuo, 1-5-13
Cost: Akabeko / Koboshi / Kakishibu-beko ¥880
   (¥500 for AWIA members)
    Japanese Mask ¥1,320
   (¥1,000 for AWIA members)     
Apply: Please sign-up by Tuesday, October 20th
※Please indicate which craft you would like to paint when you register.
※Registration capacity is limited to 15 participants.

Halloween Open House Event!

Come join us for Halloween festivities at the AWIA!

The AWIA doors will open at 10:00 for Halloween activities on October 31st! Stop by to enjoy a paper lantern-making craft, or join us for photos in our Halloween photo booth! Visitors who come in costume will receive a Halloween treat!
Date: October 31st, Saturday
Time: 10:00~17:00 (drop-in )
Place: Aizu Wakamatsu International Association
Cost: Free! ※Members and non-members of all ages welcome!                         

Halloween Quiz
Test your knowledge of monster folklore and Halloween traditions around the world!

Jack o'Lantern Paper Craft
Try making a fun and simple Halloween lantern!

Halloween Photo-Booth
Show off your costume in our photo booth with some spooky props! Our costumed staff members

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!