Many kinds of activities take place at TIA (Toyota International Association): Japanese and other Foreign Language Classes, Volunteer Activities, Counseling for foreign residents, etc.
Toyota International Association
Toyota Industry and Culture Center, 3F
1-25 Kozakahonmachi
Toyota City, Aichi

Closed on Mondays

Fun Programs


Introduction of Volunteer Groups
Alpha Japanese Language Classroom

We are a volunteer group which teaches Japanese language to foreign residents.

1. We aim our focus our efforts on helping those foreign residents whose greatest trouble is “LANGUAGE” to speak Japanese easily and politely on the job and in their daily lives.
2. We aim to broaden the circle of exchange by eliminating the segregation between students and volunteers.
*1 and 2, above, are our main purposes, but in our activities both are given equal importance.

Group appeal:

Since our establishment in May, 1992, we have continued to be active in Toyota City. As compared with the small number when we were first established, at present we now have an enrollment of over 200 students. We strive to undertake a large variety of activities to address what has become an obvious reality, as is evidenced by the huge increase in the number of students, that there is nothing more important and indispensable for foreign residents living in Japan than “Japanese Language.”

Details of activities:

One term lasts 3 months, and there are 3 terms held/year starting in January, May and September. Basically, the activity time is devoted to Japanese language held every Sunday from 10:30 to 12:30 during each term. Meetings will be held whenever necessary.
We provide Japanese language classes. Also, for the purpose of cultural exchanges, we will hold a final party and event (rice-cake pulling, flower viewing).

You need not worry about such things as: “I have no qualifications…,” “I wonder if I am able to do a good job….” If you are even a little curious about our activities (Who? What? Where? etc.), then please come and see for yourself!!!

Japanese Language Salon

This group helps people whose first language is not Japanese and helps them to learn Japanese language. There are people with a variety of nationalities living in Toyota City, but they have little opportunity to mingle with Japanese people, and there are only a few places for them to study Japanese. Especially mothers with young children, who feel very insecure, tend to become “shut-ins” in their homes. With the motto of the Japanese Language Salon of “We welcome anyone at anytime!” we started this salon since 1991 with only 3 students. Since then, at all times, by trial and error, we have groped for new methods to address fluctuation in the number of students. At present, there are 30 Japanese language volunteers, 10 baby-sitter volunteers, and around 80 registered students. Recently, some of those people, who once were students with us, are now working as volunteers. By breaking down a line of separation between student and teacher, and with “Learning Together, Creating Together as Close Friends” as our basic attitude, we aim to create a very livable local society.

Date of activity: Japanese language study and babysitting: every Wednesday, from 10:00 to noon
Volunteer meeting: every Wednesday, from 12:20 to 13:00

Japanese language study:
New students are accepted at any time during 6-month semester. Classes are divided according to students’ level of Japanese language ability.

Volunteer babysitters and volunteer teachers take turns on a shift system looking after children. Children over 1-year old who are not enrolled in any sort of pre-school are eligible for this service. Children who cannot be separated from their mothers are allowed to be in the classroom along with their mothers. The number of children who can be looked after depends on the number of volunteer babysitters.

Volunteer meeting:
Volunteers discuss how their activities were after class, and their problems and information are shared, so that the salon runs smoothly.

The group cooperates and participates with many events in order to improve understanding at school or in a local area.

There is also a link from the TIA Link Page.

We welcome people who will be able to join our activities. Further, we will support those people who want to start the same activities.