It also organizes lots of events around the year and the few members that I have met have come across as a friendly, cheerful and jolly lot. Actually a lot of local Japanese are also active members who want to interact with the English speaking community and these people try and help out the foreigners with the language and other things that are essential in living a comfortable life. Infact the IIA also helps with Japanese lessons and arranges for volunteers who offer to teach Japanese to foreigners for no cost. Considering that
is an expensive country to live in, this is a great help. We too are taking Japanese lessons from a volunteer from the IIA. These volunteers are not trained teachers but normal people who want to brush up their English through interaction with foreigners and in turn teach Japanese. This may not be the fastest way to learn Japanese but yes it is a great way to interact with the locals and making friends and learning about the Japanese culture. Japan
The IIA lives up to its motto : Fostering Friendships regardless of Nationality"
Iwaki International Association (IIA)