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

🎍Holiday Office Closures🎍

The AWIA office will be closed for the New Year holidays from: December 29th (Tue) ~ January 3rd (Mon)
 Regular operating hours will resume on January 4th (Tues) from 9:00 to 17:45.
“Nihongo Salon” will end on December 21st and resume on January 18th.

We hope you all have a warm holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!


Sports Club “Uniship” Now Recruiting!

Are you a young adult looking to make new friends? Come join us for the very first session of “Sports Club ‘Uniship,” a newly-founded group created by active young members of the AWIA!
 “Uniship” (unity + relationship) was designed to provide a place where young adults of all backgrounds can enjoy making friends through sports. If you find yourself saying, “but I’m bad at sports,” or “I don’t speak enough Japanese,” don’t worry! Uniship is open to everyone ages 18-39, regardless of fitness level or language ability.
 Whether you are looking to interact with a diverse group of people, practice your language skills, or just enjoy some casual sports, Uniship is for you!

Come join us for some ping pong at the very first session of Uniship!

■Date: January 15th, (Sat) 1:30pm - 4:30pm
■Place: Kakujo Community Center         Aizuwakamatsu City, Jotoumachi, 1-47
■Capacity: 15 Players
■Cost: Free!
■Bring: Indoor shoes, drinks, towel, comfortable clothes
■Sign-up: Send your name, age, and phone number to by January 12th (Wed)!

Gyoza-Making Workshop:
Come celebrate the Chinese
New Year with us!

Come ring in the New Year with a hands-on cooking event!
 In this tasty workshop, members of the Chinese community in Aizu will guide participants in making not one, but TWO classic Chinese dishes. Guests will learn how to make gyoza from scratch, starting with the dough! After gyoza, we will also be making Chinese-style scallion pancakes, which can be enjoyed for breakfast or a snack at any time of day.
 Participants will work in pairs at each cooking station, so signing up with a buddy is encouraged! Children are also welcome to join with a parent or guardian.

 Sunday, January 23rd 10:00 - 13:00
 AWIA Members: 800円, Non-Members: 1000円
【What to Bring】
Apron and bandana are recommended
  (Please bring a rolling pin if you have one)

 16 participants (8 groups of 2 people)
Contact the AWIA by Thursday, January 20th!

AWIA Caption Contest - Caption this photo for a chance to win!

The author of the winning caption will receive a special prize!
caption contest

■How to Enter:
Submit your caption by commenting on our “Caption Contest” post on Facebook or Instagram, or by sending us an email at titled “Caption Contest.”

■Selection Process:
At the end of the submission period, the AWIA staff will review all the captions and vote on our favorites to select the winner.
Please submit captions in English, Japanese, or Chinese.
■Submission Deadline:
Please submit your caption by January 21st (Fri). The winner will be announced in the February newsletter and on our social media!

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: January 29th, Saturday
■Time: from 1:30pm
■Place: Aizu Wakamatsu International Association Office

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!

“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 Nov. 1st ----
■Aizu Wakamatsu Reaches 70% Vaccinated
At the end of October, Aizu Wakamatsu city reported that 71% of Aizu residents over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated. An additional 17% are schedule to be vaccinated over the coming weeks, leading to a projected vaccination rate of nearly 90% by the end of the month.
■Aizu to Pause Vaccinations at the End of the Month
Due to the significant progression of Aizu’s vaccine campaign, the city has announced that they will be temporarily pausing vaccination reservations this month. For those who still wish to be vaccinated, but have not made a reservation, please keep in mind the deadlines below.

・Deadline to reserve 1st vaccine dose:
  Friday, Nov. 5th
・Deadline to reserve 2nd vaccine dose:
  Tuesday, Nov. 9t


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