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

Aizu Bandaisan Dance!

Dance the Aizu Bandaisan Dance along Shinmei Dori St. with AWIA. Come in yukata,traditional clothing, or a costume! We’ll have Happi (festival jacket) for people to wear on a first come first serve basis. Even if it’s your first time, you’ll become a dancing master before you know it! Everyone is welcome!

-Date/Time: Sept 22 (Sun) 19:00-20:00

-Meet:18:50 - outside of Daiso in the AWIA Building
    (2-14 Sakaemachi, Lion D’or Garden Bldg.)

-Participants: Up to 8 people (aged 13+)

-Fee: Free!

-Sign-up: No sign-up necessary!

Aizu Matsuri Multilingual Info Desk/ Volunteers Wanted!

Every year during the Aizu Matsuri, the AWIA hosts a booth on the Castle grounds and gives FREE English tours to visitors. Come by and learn about the Castle during the Festival!

-Date/Time: Sept 23 (Sat) 9:00-15:00

-Place: Beside the Inari Jinja Shrine

●Looking for Volunteers - Sept 23rd

 Want to help out and/or give tours to others? Join us in the morning, afternoon or all day!

-Volunteer sign-up deadline: Sept 21st (Thu)
(Lunch provided for volunteers who want it. Lunch order deadline: Sept 7th (Thu))

●Tsuruga-jo Guide Training

 If you want to brush up on your knowledge about the Castle grounds, join our guide training session!

-Training Day: Sept 10th (Sun) 10:00-11:30
-Meet: Tsuruga-jo Tourist Information
-Sign-up deadline: Sept 9th (Sat)

Tsuruga-jo Free English Tours!

Enjoy a FREE tour of the Castle grounds! Select days from September to November Can’t make it to our booth on Sept 23rd during the Aizu Matsuri? Get a tour on another day! A volunteer guide will show you around the Castle grounds, giving you an in-depth look at the history of the Castle. Maybe you’ll learnsomething you never expected!

September Schedule
 Sept 1 (Fri)
 Sept 9 (Sat)
 Sept 15(Fri)
 Sept 22(Fri)
 Sept 24(Sun)
 Sept 29(Fri)

-Time: 10:00~15:00

-Place: Tsuruga-jo Tourist Inofrmation Center(観光案内所)

*No reservation needed!

"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: Sep 2 (Sat) 10:00-11:30

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

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


🍁Autumn Japanese Classes will be start!🍁Give your Japanese skills a boost!

The AWIA will soon be starting our autumn 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 autumn!!

★Day Course: Every Friday 10:00~11:30 
Sep 1 - Nov 24 (no class Nov 3) 12 classes

★Night Course: Every Thursday 18:30~20:00
Sep 7 - Nov 30 (no class Nov 23) 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 Thursday, August 24th.


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 April 2023
Aizu COVID-19 Vaccine/Booster Updates
-Important Things to Know:
 COVID-19 Vaccines/Boosters will be FREE until April 2024

-Spring Booster Period (1 shot)
 May 8th to August 31st 2023

-Eligibility: (received the initial dose (1st/2nd shots),and their booster more than 3 months ago)

● 65+
● Aged 5-64 with underlying condi􏰀ons/are high risk
● Work in healthcare, high risk facilities

COVID-19 booster vouchers will be sent out in order of eligibility.
*If you still have an unused voucher, you may use that instead*

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

-Apply(Online/By Phone):
Fukushima Pref. COVID-19 Kit Distribution Centre -
Hompage for testkit

0120-941-546 (9:00-19:00)

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:

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.

March 2nd.-----------------------------------
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.

【Free Call】:0120-992-860
【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 (

Information to submit:
♦ Activity Summary and Potential Title
♦ Target Participants (age, number etc.)
♦ Goal/Aim

(Event proposals subject to vetting.)

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.