AWIA Aizu Wakamatsu International Association

Hours of Operation: 9:00AM-5:45PM

(Closed: Every Monday & Every Sundays

national holidays, and the end of the year from Dec. 29th to Jan. 3rd.)

Event Information Page

2024 International Festival
Accpeting Festival Booth!

It’s back! Held once every 2 years, we’re holding the International Festival this fall! Come explore the world! See a variety of countries represented by the residents of Aizu. Why not introduce your own culture?
 This year’s theme is...:
The World Adventure ~into the future beyond!~

■Date: Oct 5 (Sat)10:00~15:00

■Place: Tsuruga-jo Castle Gym

🌟Now Accepting Festival Booth Application!🌟
・Culture Booths
 Details:Introduce your country or culture!
      You’re welcome to include a craft or activity like
      quiz or small game!
 Place:In the Gymnasium
 Cost:¥5000 (organization), ¥3000 (vendor),
     Free! (individual)

・Food Stalls
 Details:Sell food or drinks from your country!
 Cost:¥5000 (business), ¥3000 (amateure)

■Dealine: Apply byAug 9(Fri) -

※We have more details available for those interested in having a booth at the Festival, including a list of terms. Contact us for more information.

🌟Please consider sponsoring us!🌟
 In order to put on the best event we can, we are seeking donations to be put towards the festival.

★Sponsorship amount:
 ¥3,000 (or from ¥1,000 for individuals)

★How to become a sponsor:
 Please apply directly at the AWIA offices. If you would prefer a bank deposit slip for your donation, please contact us.

★All of our group and individual sponsor’s names will be featured in our event pamphlets (only if desired).

🇪🇸'Little Trip' Series Flamenco🌐

Learn a little Spanish and Flamenco dance!Spend 1.5 hours immersed in song and dance, and get a real feel for Flamenco. Everyone, regardless of ability, can enjoy this easy experience!

■Date: July 13 (Sat) 15:30~17:00

■Place: Aizu Keikodo 1F Kenko Studio

■Presentation by: Yosie KARAHASHI

■Limit: 30 people

■Cost: FREE!

■Bring: Indoor shoes, or non-slip socks, something to drink, and wear clothes that are easy to move in!

■Sign-up: By July 12th (Fri)

🇻🇳'Little Trip' Series Vietnam🌐

How lucky! Our second ‘Little Trip’ of the month! Come see a presentation by the JICA Youth Leaders from Vietnam, hear about their wonderful country, and learn some Vietnamese as well!

■Date: July 25 (Thu) 18:30~20:00

■Place: Aizu Keikodo 3F Rm 5,6

■Presentation by:JICA Youth Leaders from Vietnam

■Limit: 15 people

■Cost: FREE!

■Sign-up: By July 24th (Wed)

Japanese Conversation Circle: AtsuHana🌼SIGN-UP REQUIRED

 English Conversation Circle ‘FIND’ has been our most popular event over the last year. It has been a great way to practice English in a casual way. It can be difficult for Japanese-Learners to have the opportunity to speak Japanese casually, so we want to try out a Japanese version!
 This time, in the cooking studio! Come make and eat shaved ice! (Wear clothes for cooking, or bring an apron.)

-Date/Time: July 13 (Sat) 10:00-11:30

-Place: City Learning Center(Keikodo) 1F Cooking Studio

-Limit: 20people (first come, first served) SIGN-UP REQUIRED

-Price: Members- ¥100, Non-members- ¥200

-Sign Up : Contact by July 12 (Fri)

あつはな: AtsuHana- This title has different meanings!
-Atsumare Hanasou: Let’s get together and talk
-Atsui Hanashi: Hot (fired up) Chat
We chose it in hopes you can come together and have fun talking a lot with new people!

🐼Chinese Convo. Club

Interested in speaking Chinese with other learners, and Chinese people? Join the new Chinese Conversation Circle ChAT-ba! Have a fun time using Chinese. Let’s chat in Chinese in Aizu, Together! Anyone welcome, no matter your level.

■Date/Time: July 18 (Sat) 13:30-15:00

■Place: AWIA office (Sakaemachi 2-14)

■Limit: 15 people


■Sign Up: Contact by July 17(Wed)

"FIND" English Conversation Club

FIND English Convo. Club will be held at the Fukushima Pref. Museum this month! Come chat and learn about the museum and Fukushima’s history!
 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: July 20 (Sat) 10:00-11:30

■Place: Aizu City Learning Center (Keikodo)3F Room1

■Sign Up: Contact by July 19(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: July 27 (Sat)
■Time: from 1:30 pm
■Place: Aizu Wakamatsu International Association Office

🌸Spring Japanese Classes will be start!🌸Give your Japanese skills a boost!

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 5 - June 28 (no class May 5) 12 classes

★Night Course: Every Thursday 18:30~20:00
 April 4 - June 20   12 classes
[Place]: Aizu City Learning Center(Keiko-do), 3F
[Cost] : AWIA members ¥4000,
     non-members ¥6000

[How to Sign Up]:
Please contact the AWIA and let us know your desired time slot by Wednesday, March 27th.


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: 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.


Children Nihongo Hiroba

Does your child struggle with Japanese in school? Does he or she always feel one step behind everyone else in class? Let us help! Going to school in a foreign language is challenging, but your child is not alone. At Children Nihongo Hiroba, your child can meet, speak and study with other people just like them! We offer a space to address any questions your child may have about school work or Japanese, and give them the opportunity to use their native language.

The 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month,
15:00 ~17:00 (depending on child’s age and needs)

Aizu-Wakamatsu International Association
(5th floor of the Lion D’or Garden on Shinmei Dori)

[Price]: ¥2,000
(in addition to the AWIA annual membership fee of ¥2,000)

Non-native speakers of Japanese ages 6-18.

[Inquiries & Registration]:
Aizu-Wakamatsu International Association or 0242-27-3704

Important Notice!

Due to low foot traffic, the Aizuwakamatsu International Association Office will be CLOSED on Sundays starting in July.
 We will continue holding events on Sundays but our office will be closed to visitors. Stop by anytime from Tuesday to Saturday~ We would love to see you.