Hiratsuka International Exchange Association (HIEA)

Hiratsuka International Exchange Association (HIEA)

HIEA is a city-supported amity promotion society that supports a wide range of multicultural activities for local and international citizens living in Hiratsuka.

This association was founded in 1994. It consists of 191 individuals, 22 organizations, and 4 international members.

HIEA is now online, with web pages in Japanese and English. Mail HIEA.

Current Activities

The five steering committees:

publishes quarterly news letters
  • Contents
    • Reports of events
    • Messages
    • Introduction of foriegn residents in Hiratsuka
    • Notices

Interpretation / Translation
Volunteer services are avaliable for English and Chinese.

Makes arrangements to provide homestay families for visiting groups

Event / Program Planning
Coordinate events:

Japanese Language Teaching
Locations and Times
  • Tuesday 19:30 - 20:45 Kyoiku Kaikan (Community center near central library)
  • Friday 14:00 - 16:00 MN building 11th floor (near train station), and 19:00 - 20:30 Kinrokaikan (Community center behind main Post Office)
  • Saturday 19:00 - 20:30

Contact information / Joining HIEA

If you are interested in our activities, please join HIEA and form a crosscultural bridge among people in Hiratsuka.

Annual Membership
  • Individuals 2,000 yen (approximately USD$20)
  • Organizations 10,000yen (approximately USD$100)
For more information: Call the HIEA Secretarial Office c/o the Domestic and International Friendship Exchange Department at:

Matsubara Bunchosha (Matsubara Annex)
7-8 Amanuma
Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 254-0031

Telephone: country code 81 (463) 25-2520