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Coming events / activities


2019: Thursday June 6 - Monday June 17: Introduction to Japan, "On the Samural Road"

We are leading a trip to Japan, for the first time visitor or the traveler wanting to renew their friendship with this wonderful country. Our theme is "On the Samurai Road" and we will be visiting sites with samurai ties - as well as visits to both modern and classical Japan.

The price is right, the timing is excellent. Now's the time for you to take the trip you've always dreamed of.

Call 303-355-2752 to talk with us direct.

Click here for online details of the trip and the option to join up.

Click here for our promotional flyer. (a pdf document)



Saturday May 4: Japanese meal and a movie, Location: Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia, Phillips Social Hall entrance (south side of building). Plenty of free parking.

Here's the trailer for the movie

Click here to sign up and pre-pay. We appreciate your prepaying so we know how many meals to order.

$27 for DSCI members, $30 for non-members. Includes delicious bento meal; water, softdrinks, beer, wine, sake available for a donation.

There will also be a short live auction of some very nice items we've come into recently.





Saturday May 18: City of Takayama Park work day, Location: City of Takayama Park (Colorado Blvd. and Cherry Creek Drive North). Parking across Cherry Creek Drive in building parking lots.

Click here to sign up. (If the email link does not work for you, just send an email directly to Claire Magrath: clairemagrath@mac.com or call her at 720-299-0433)

Let us know if you're coming; bring work / gardening gloves. There will be water and light refreshments available.

Click here to see who has already signed up to come.





Tuesday May 21: Regular monthly meeting, Location: Home of Steve & Kitty Comstock. Open to members and friends of the committee. RSVP requested.

Click here to sign up. (If the email link does not work for you, just send an email directly to me: steve@trainersfriend.com or call me at 303-355-2752)

Click here to see who has already signed up to come.





Find out about the Committee calendar, budgets, and so on ...

Minutes of the last meeting (.pdf document) (Last updated 26 March, 2019)

Plans for 2019 (.pdf document) (Last updated 11 April, 2019)

Working budget for 2019 (.pdf document) (Last updated 31 December, 2018)

Why Denver Takayama is relevant to the larger community - Japanese, Japanese-American, all interested in Japan - in Denver and Colorado (.pdf document) (Last revised 1 February, 2017)

Denver / Takayama: the first 50 Years an historical record in English and Japanese. (.pdf document) (Last revised 23 August, 2010)

Technical paper on emails
(.pdf document - Some thoughts on how to make email safer from hackers and more effective) (Written 26 March, 2015)

Getting a gun in Japan
(.pdf document) - No matter where you fall on the gun control issue, this article I found on Facebook has some intriguing ideas. (Uploaded 11 March, 2018)


 Web pages from past events 

High school students exchange trip to Japan June, 2018

Essential Japan (adult trip) June, 2018

Visit by high school students from Takayama August 8-13, 2017

Chasing Cherry Blossoms adult trip to Japan April 5-18, 2017


... April 19-21 ... Colorado Anime Festival at Denver Marriott Tech Center

Come and cosplay, buy the latest in costumes, makeup, accessories, manga, and more. Attend the panels on a wide variety of topics. Listen to guest speakers. Watch (or compete in) the cosplay competition. A fun weekend.

Details are here (web site).


... April 28, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sakura Square mezzanine ...

Capture the moment, a workshop on how to create videos, sponsored by Sakura Foundation. Workshop leaders: Keiko Ozaki and Shannon Umetani. $25. Space is limited.

Details are here (.pdf document).


... May 17, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee St., Denver ...

View some of the works by artist Barabara Takenaga during the reception; the artist will give a talk and be available for conversation. Sponsored by Sakura Foundation. $10 suggested donation.

Details are here (.pdf document).


... May 18 ... Annual Amache Pilgrimage

This touching annual trip is to foster remembrance of the internment of Japanese American citizens in camps around the U.S., including the Amache camp in Colorado, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. $30 cost includes bus, tour of the camp, and more. It's a potluck, too. Details here (a .pdf document).


... May 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. ... Kez Colorado 2019

a Japanese woodworking festival at the Cabinet Face, 913 E. 75th Ave., Unit A.

A fun and unique event, focused on Japanese Woodworking, complete with 4 different lectures and demonstrations. A BBQ lunch will be available, an all ages hand plane competition will seek the thinnest shave, and prizes will be awarded for the thinnest full shaving.

Bring a hand plane to enter the competition!

Click here for more information and to register for the event.


... June 22, noon - 3:00 ... Colorado Okinawa Kenjinkai

at Kirk Hall on the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, CO. Free admission.

45th Anniversary Celebration featuring displays, food (spam rice balls, Okinawa sweets, more), and traditional entertainments (Okinawa dance, sanshin, kids Okinawa drum dance, and more). Details here (a .jpg document).




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