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 Semester Japanese Classes

    The AWIA would like to present the 2017 Autumn semester of our Japanese classes this September. We provide small group classes so that students have lots of time to practice and ask questions. Classes for levels from beginner to advanced are available. Come kick-start your Japanese with the AWIA!

Date and Time:

Evening Course: Thursdays, from September 7th to November 30th; 6:30pm to 8:00pm

(no class on November 23rd, a national holiday)

Morning Course: Fridays, from September 8th to December 1st; 10:00am to 11:30am

(no class on November 3rd, a national holiday)

Location: Aizu Keikodo, 3rd floor

Price: AWIA Members: 4,000 yen; Non-members: 6,000 yen (12 classes total)

    Apply with the AWIA by Wednesday, August 30th.

Employment Opportunity at the AWIA

Coordinator of International Relations

    The Aizu Wakamatsu International Association (AWIA) seeks one full-time employee for the position of Coordinator of International Relations (CIR) to begin November 1, 2017 (subject to change).A description of duties and holidays is available in the English newsletter, the JTF.

Salary: 230,000 yen monthly (Commuter’s and overtime compensation available when applicable)

Hours: 9:00am to 5:45pm; Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month

Employment Period: one year (renewable yearly) qualifications: At least 22 years old, native English speaker, Japanese ability equivalent to at least level 3 (N3) of the Japanese Proficiency Test (JLPT), computer literate (word processing and internet/email skills essential)

Applicants may begin formal application procedures on September 1, 2017.

Application: Submit the following documents to the AWIA by Saturday, September 30, 2017: resume (in both Japanese and English—the English version should also include a statement of purpose/ your motive for application.) Documents must arrive by September 30 to be considered.

Free Aizu Samurai Festival Castle Tours

    The Aizu Wakamatsu International Association with the help of our Foreign Language Volunteers will be once again be offering free tours of Tsurugajo during Aizu Wakamatsu’s very own Samurai Parade. Feel free to stop by anytime during the day of the parade for a free guided tour of the castle grounds!

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!