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

Halloween Open House Event🎃

 We’re back to our spooky ways this year at the AWIA!
Come join us for Halloween festivities on Sunday, Oct. 31st!
Trick-or-treaters can pick up a Halloween sweet, take photos in our costume photo booth, and enjoy a variety of other spooky activities.

October 31st (Sun), 10:00~16:00 (drop-in )

Lion D’or Building, 3F free space (2 floors below the AWIA!)

Members and non-members of all ages welcome!

🎃Volunteers Wanted!🎃

 Hey, you there...hmm...yes, I’m sensing… a powerful Halloween spirit! If you are hungry for more Halloween fun, we are in need of some ghoulish helpers for this event!
 We are recruiting volunteers to help decorate beforehand and operate activities on the day of the event. Even if you can only drop by for an hour, every bit helps!

 If you’d like to join, come to the AWIA on Sunday, October 24th anytime between 10:00 - 17:00 for our volunteer prep day!

Online Bingo & Culture Exchange!

 Join us this month for an online bingo event!
Come enjoy casual conversation with other members of the international community while trying your luck at winning some prizes!
 Japanese, English, and Chinese interpretation available!
Enjoy chatting in different languages with other members of the international community!

Sunday, October 10th 

(1)14:00 - 14:50, (2)15:00 - 15:50,  (3)16:00 - 16:50
*3 session times available, limited to 7 guests per session

■Sign up:
Please send your name and 2 session preferences by Saturday, October 9th to our email:

*A computer or other device with internet access is needed to join.

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: October 30th, Saturday
■Time: from 1:30pm

Volunteers Wanted for High School Students' English Club

 The AWIA is looking for volunteers to talk with high school students. Come enjoy talking with them in English!

■Date & Time:
October to December every other Saturday
2:30pm-4:00pm (90min)
October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 11.

■Place: Aizuwakamatsu International Association or Aizu City Learning Center(Keiko-do), 3F

Please contact to AWIA by phone or email to participate!

The Aizu Summer Sky Festival has been canceled”

*Due to the impact of COVID-19, festival has been canceled.

This event is sponsored by the “Gokujo no Aizu” Project Association and the Department of Tourism in Aizu Wakamatsu

Click here for more info *Japanese only

"What is the Aizu Summer Sky Festival?"

 The Summer Sky Fest is an annual festival that showcases local businesses, artists, and community groups across the Aizu area. Come join us at the Tenjinhama Campground in Inawashiro for a lively summer festival experience!

Come Hike with Us at Hakuhouzan!

Come join us for an early fall hiking trip at Hakuhouzan! This short hiking course is beginner-friendly, so guests of all fitness levels are welcome to join. Hakuhouzan park also features a unique all-ages jungle gym for adventurous visitors to test out their ninja skills. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the top of the mountain with us while gazing out at the lovely view of Aizu!

■Date: Sunday, September 26th, 11:15 - 14:15
■Fee: There will be a 200JPY insurance fee for non-members.
■Meeting Point: Aizu Misatomachi Hongo Information Center (3161-1 Setomachi, Aizumisato, Onuma District, 969-6116)
■What to Bring: Water, comfortable shoes and clothes (long pants recommended), lunch box, umbrella, and a tarp or towel to sit on.

*(In case of rain): In the case of cancellation due to rain, we will post an announcement on Facebook by 9am on the day of the event.

“Little Trip” Seminar Series : Bolivia

 Our “Little Trip” seminar series will be returning this month for a “trip” to Bolivia! This seminar was originally scheduled for May, but was postponed due to Covid. Come learn about the diverse country of Bolivia from our guest speaker, Mr. Kazunori Sasao.
 Mr. Sasao lived in Bolivia for 2 years as a JICA ambassador, and will share some of the interesting and surprising things he experienced during his time in Bolivia.

■Date:   Saturday, Sep. 11th 10:00~11:30
■Place:  Aizu City Learning Center, 3F
■Price:  Free!
■Sign-Up: Please contact the AWIA by phone or email
      by Friday, Sep. 10th.

*Limited to 15 participants.
( This seminar will be held in Japanese.)

Hello World Club Starting Soon! and Voulnteers Wanted!

 Our annual children’s class, Hello World Club, is just around the corner! Hello World aims to provide enrichment for Elementary school children in Aizu who are interested in English and foreign countries. At Hello World Club, students will learn about cultures different from their own through fun, hands-on games and activities. Students will have the chance to meet new friends and chat with special guests from around the world!


Hello World Volunteers Wanted!

 The AWIA is looking for volunteers to help with Hello World Club! We are recruiting volunteers both for culture introductions and for general assistance with activities and preparation. Volunteers are encouraged to join even if they are only available for one session. Please contact Nola at the AWIA by phone or email to join!

TEL: (0242) 27-3703  EMAIL:

September, Autumn Japanese Classes will be start!

The AWIA will soon be starting our autumn semester of Japanese language courses. With the aid of our volunteers, we offer courses ranging from beginner-level to advanced. Our classes aim to strike a balance between reading, writing, and conversation. Class sizes are small, and some students may even have 1 on 1 lessons.
If you are looking to kick-start your Japanese this autumn, please consider taking classes with us!

★Day Course: Every Friday 10:00~11:30 
September 3rd - November 19th (12 classes)

★Night Course: Every Thursday 18:30~20:00 September 2nd - November 25th
* no classes September 23rd.
[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, August 25th.


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.

Coronavirus and Vaccine Updates

New updates Oct. 1st ----
Aizu-Wakamatsu Opens Vaccine Waitlist for Sudden Cancellations and Vaccine Surplus

 Aizu Wakamatsu has opened a waiting list for anyone willing to receive their vaccine on short notice in the event that someone cancels a reservation or there is a surplus of doses at the end of the day.
 If you have already made a reservation to receive your vaccine, your scheduled inoculation day must be more than 14 days away to be eligible for the waiting list.
 To register, visit the Aizu Wakamatsu city homepage and look for the “Innoculation of Surplus Vaccine” article under the “About New Coronavirus Vaccination” page. Click here for the HP

■Aizu Wakamatsu Passes 50% Inoculation Rate in Vaccine-Eligible Population

 In late August, Aizu Wakamatsu opened vaccine reservations to all residents over the age of 12. On September 19th, the city homepage reported that 55% of Aizu residents had received both their first and second dose of the vaccine. More than 82% of vaccine-eligible residents have made a reservation for at least one dose of the vaccine.
 Furthermore, over 95% of Aizu’s over-65 elderly population have received both does of the vaccine.


■Vaccine Reservations Open for All Age Groups

 On August 5th, vaccine reservations in Aizu Wakamatsu city were opened to all residents over the age of 12. Reservations were briefly closed due to a rush of calls, but were re-opened again on August 7th. Reservations can be made online or by phone, but there have been several reported issues with the online system. Foreign language support is available by phone.

■Aizu Plans to Finish Vaccinations by November

 As of August 17th, nearly 54% of Aizu residents between the ages of 12 and 64 had made a reservation to receive their vaccine, and nearly 90% of residents over the age of 65 had received at least one dose. In the most recent version of Aizu’s vaccine plan, the city has stated that they hope to finish vaccinations for all willing residents by the end of November.

■List of Clinic Openings Posted to the City Homepage

 The city is keeping an updated list of all clinics that have openings to distribute the vaccine. As of August 17th, the earliest possible opening was October 11th. If you haven’t already made a reservation, we highly encourage you to make one as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact the AWIA if you need help making a reservation.
City Homepage click here

Aizu’s Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

Vaccination Passes for Aizu Residents Ages 16 - 64 to be Distributed This Month
 Aizu Wakamatsu city will soon begin distributing vaccine passes by post to all residents between the ages of 16 and 64. Vaccine passes are to be sent out starting July 15, and can be expected to arrive by July 21st. Older residents and those with underlying health complications will be prioritized for earlier vaccination. Please remember to make a reservation during or after the period indicated on your vaccine pass.

Vaccine Reservations Can Now be Made Online
 Until recently, reservations to receive the coronavirus vaccine could only be made by phone. For obvious reasons, the city has finally implemented an online reservation system. Reservations to receive a vaccine can now be made through the Aizu Wakamatsu city homepage. Click here for more info

*Please check below to confirm when your age group is eligible to make a reservation.

Age Group:

■60-64 July 29th(Thurs)

■40-59 August 2nd(Mon)

■12-39 August 5th(Thurs)

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.

【Free Call】:0120-992-860
【LINE】:Scan the QR code

Links on COVID-19 related info.→Click here