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 again in September, run by Japanese volunteer members of the AWIA. If you are interested in these classes, please contact the AWIA directly. 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.
Sign up: Contact the AWIA by August 26 (Wed).         
※For first time participants, we will do an easy level check so we can assign groups in classes.Please apply as soon as possible.

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).    

Little Trip Around the World— Burundi!

For this “Little Trip” event, we have guest speaker from Burundi, a country in east Africa, a country famous for its coffee and traditional drumming. The talk will be held in English and translated into Japanese. Don’t miss it!


Date: September 12 (Sat), 10:00~11:30
Place: Aizu Keikodo 3F, Kensyushitsu 3
Cost: Free (participants limited to 15 people, facemask required.)
Apply: Contact AWIA by Sep 11 (Fri)
Speaker: Cherubin Mugisha (Student at University of Aizu.)

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.

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!