🌸AWIA Hanami Potluck Party🌸
Finally! The Annual Hanami Party is back! After being unable to hold our Hanami Party for 3 years, we are looking forward to seeing all of you! Join us at the temple behind the Lion D’or Building that the AWIA Office is in.
**Bring a dish or some food to share!(2~3 servings)**
AWIA will provide some soft-drinks, but feel free to bring your own.
-Date/Time: April 9th (Sun) 12:00~15:00
-Place: Kotokuji Temple Ground
(Aizuwakamatsu Sakaemachi 2-12)
-Spots: 50 people
-Price: ¥100(Elementary aged & under: Free)
-Deadline: April 8th (Sat)
*A Member Only Event!
Using abandoned farmland, grow vegetables from Aizu, and around the world! Join a team and work together to tend a plot, meeting a few times a year to learn about and grow delicious vegetables.
*Please wait a moment for more details.
"FIND" English Conversation Club
AWIA member-led English conversation club “FIND” is meeting this month! FIND was designed by and for high school students, with the aim of creating a space for English learners to practice casual conversation skills.
Although the club is mainly for students, adults with high English proficiency may also apply to join FIND as a language volunteers.
■Date/Time: April 15th (Sat) 10:00-11:30
■Place: Aizu Wakamatsu City Learning Center 3F Room 1
■Sign Up: Contact email@example.com by April 14th (Fri)
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.
Come enjoy talking with other members while you help out the association. It’s also an excellent chance to put your Japanese to use!
■Date: April 22nd (Sat)
■Time: from 1:30 pm
■Place: Aizu Wakamatsu International Association Office
🌸Spring Japanese Classes will be start!
The AWIA will soon be starting our spring semester of Japanese language courses. With the aid of our experienced volunteer teachers, we offer courses ranging from beginner- level to advanced. Our classes strike a balance between reading, writing, and conversational skills. Class sizes are small, and some students may even have 1 on 1 lessons! Online lessons are also available on request. Come kick-start your Japanese skills with us this spring!
★Day Course: Every Friday 10:00~11:30
April 7 - June 30 (no class May 5) 12 classes
★Night Course: Every Thursday 18:30~20:00
April 6 - June 29 (no class May 4) 12 classes
[Place]: Aizu City Learning Center(Keiko-do), 3F
[Cost] : AWIA members ￥4000,
[How to Sign Up]:
Please contact the AWIA and let us know your desired time slot by Thursday, March 23rd.(Thurs)
Online Japanese Class!
The Aizu Wakamatsu International Association is now offering online Japanese language classes! Study from home at the time that works best for you! Our volunteer teachers will work with you to match your language level and study goals.
Choose your preferred 1-hour time slot between 10:00 and 20:30 any day of the week.
*There may be cases where a student’s first choice time slot is unavailable.
【Number of Classes】：
12 Sessions / 1hr per session
【Place】：Online via Zoom or Skype
4,000 JPY for 12 Sessions (Annual AWIA membership of 2,000JPY is required to register.)
【How to Register】：
Contact the AWIA by phone or email with your three preferred time slots.
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TEL: 0242-27-3703
*Most classes are 1 on 1, but there may be cases where 2 or more students share the same time slot.
Coronavirus and Vaccine Updates
New updates December 2022
■FREE COVID-19 Test Kits
Fukushima Prefecture is still providing free COVID-19 tests to residents who are showing symptoms, or have recently been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. At time of printing, available until Dec 31st (Program has been extended multiple times.)
●Those with a risk for severe symptoms should seek medical attention.
-Deadline: Dec 31st 2022 (May be extended)
①Close contact with infected person
②Showing mild symptoms
Fukushima Pref. COVID-19 Kit Distribution Centre -
Hompage for testkit
New updates August 2022-----------------------------------
In recent weeks, Japan has been seeing an increase in COVID-19 infections due to the BA.5 variant of the Omicron COVID strain. Please take care of yourselves!
■Free Vaccination Period
The period for receiving a vaccine free of cost will end on September 30 (Fri). Anyone has not received their initial two vaccines or the booster should book an appointment as soon as possible. The city expects reservations to be in high demand in September, and only a limited number of clinics are providing 1st-3rd vaccinations now. To make an appointment, please use the online booking system, or call the reservation hotline.
■Online bookings: https://vaccines.sciseed.jp/aizuwakamatsu/login
■Reservation hotline: 0120-050-503 (Mon-Sun, 9:00-18:00) For more information, contact the Aizuwakamatsu COVID-19 General Call Centre (0570-026-263)
☆1st/2nd vaccination reservations by hotline only
☆You need your vaccination voucher number when making a reservation.
■Aizu Begins Distributing Booster Shots
This month, Aizu-Wakamatsu will begin distributing the 3rd “booster” shot of the Coronavirus vaccine. Individuals who received their second dose of the vaccine last August can expect to receive their vaccination voucher in the mail sometime this month. For those who received their second dose in September or later, please keep an eye out for your voucher to arrive in April or May.
■Two Ways to Make a Vaccine Reservation
After your vaccine ticket/voucher arrives in the mail, you are eligible to make a reservation to receive your vaccine. Reservations can be made by calling the reservation hotline, or by using the online reservation portal. The reservation hotline may be congested during certain hours, so we recommend making a reservation online if possible. Please follow the QR code enclosed with your vaccine ticket to access the online reservation system. When you make a reservation, you will need to enter the vaccine ticket number printed on your vaccine ticket, so please have the ticket on hand when you make a reservation. If you choose to make a reservation by phone, you will be asked about your preferred medical institution, so please prepare the names of 2-3 medical institutions near your home if you have a preference for where you wish to be vaccinated.
If you need any assistance making a reservation, or have any questions about vaccine distribution, please do not hesitate to contact us at the AWIA! We are happy to help you make your reservation if you need any language assistance!
Aizu’s Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout
78% of Aizu’s Elderly Have Received at Least One Dose
According to a report from the city office, 27,961 elderly people in Aizu had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of June 20th. This number accounts for 78% of Aizu’s 65 and over population.
*Once you receive a vaccine pass, please do not hesitate to contact the AWIA if you need any assistance making a reservation.
COVID-19 Hotline for Fukushima Foreign Residents
A COVID-19 dedicated hotline is now available for foreign residents in Fukushima.
Service is free of charge. Confidentiallity is guaranteed.
【LINE】:Scan the QR code
Links on COVID-19 related info.→Click here
Next Year - Become an Event Organizer
Do you have an idea for an event or activity that you think other AWIA members may be interested in? The International Association wants to find new ways to engage the community, and we need your help. Like ‘FIND,’ we want to help YOU get your idea off the ground. Submit a proposal to AWIA at (email@example.com)
Information to submit:
♦ Activity Summary and Potential Title
♦ Target Participants (age, number etc.)
(Event proposals subject to vetting.)