Campus Life

Campus Events

Community Involvement

As a public institution, it is AIU’s mandate to provide abundant opportunities in which international students and people in the community get together to better understand one another. Akita still enjoys a range of valuable cultural assets that one cannot often find in major travel guidebooks about Japan.

Collaborating with various organizations, the Division of Research and Community Outreach Services (RCOS) prepares a series of programs focusing on traditional culture in Akita and in Japan so that international students can further their understanding of this country. The events below represent some of over 250 COS-organized annual events.

University Events and Field Trips

Just like other countries, Japan can be better understood when you get out of the classroom and experience it firsthand. The Division of Student Services arranges various opportunities to experience Japan and to discover Akita and the Tohoku region through field trips. Destinations include: local sightseeing spots, concerts, sporting events, and volunteer work.

Throughout the year, various events are organized by the Division of Student Services, Student Government, and clubs and circles. International students are also welcome to plan their own unique events.

Below is an example of the list of events during the year. Please note that some events may not be available on a specific year.

Community Involvement University Events Field Trips
January Hiburi Kamakura Festival
Yamahage Festival
Yurikogen Railway Trip
Akita Martial Arts Festival
Rice Cake Festival
Snow Battle
February Spring Festival (Setsubun)
Tea Ceremony
Kamakura Festival
Valentine's Day Party
Play by Drama Club
Charity Music Concert
Rock Band Concert
Namahage Sedo Festival
Ski Bus Trip
March Doll's Festival (Hinamatsuri)
April Welcome Party for Freshmen Lake Tazawa and Kakunodate Bus Trip
May Rice Planting Athletic Festival
Café a la Musique
Gospel Choir Concert
Kimono Wearing Workshop
Oga Peninsula Bus Trip
June Athletic Festival
Trasitional Japanese Dance Recital
Pacific Trends Concert
Dance Party
Rock Band Concert
Snow Cone Party
July Star Festival (Tanabata) Summer Festival
Tea Ceremony
Rock Band Concert
Semester-end Party
Kabuki Play in Kosaka Town
Fishing Bus Trip
Mt. Chokai Bus Trip
August Bon Dance Festival Kanto Festival Lake Tazawa and Kakunodate Bus Trip
September Rice Harvest
Athletic festival with local people
Dance Party Takigi Noh Play in Kyowa
October Sweet Potato Harvest
Rice Threshing
Halloween Party
Tea Ceremony
Homecoming Day
AIU Festival
Charity Run and Walk
Ancient Egypt Festival
Halloween Party
Halloween Costume Contest
Oyasu Gorge Bus Trip
November Rice Cake Festival
Home Stay at Farm House
Cooking Event with Local Families
Sake Tasting
Traditional Japanese Dance Recital
Café a la Musique
Gospel Choir Concert
Autumn Leaves Viewing Bus Trip
December Christmas Party
Year-end Party
Rice Cake Festival
Semester-end gathering
Gospel Choir Concert
Basketball Tournament
Play by Drama Club
Christmas Party
Yokote Bus Trip
Ski Bus Trip
Yuzawa Bus Trip