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2019: Saturday October 5 - Saturday October 19: Journey Into Japan

We are leading a trip to Japan that will give you an introduction to the traditional sites and a deeper look at some of the lesser seen locations, getting below the traditional tourist façade. We are focused not just on going to Japan, but going into 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)




Sunday May 26: 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 June 18: 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 28 April, 2019)

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

Working budget for 2019 (.pdf document) (Last updated 5 May, 2019)

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 26 - May 25, Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Ave #A ...

"Finding Place", an artist exhibition by six artists including Kazu Oba and Sammy Lee.

Details are here (web page).



... April 26 - June 8, William Havu Gallery, 1040 Cherokee St. ...

"Of Places and Spaces", an artist exhibition by two artists including Homare Ikeda.

Details are here (web page).



... April 21 - August 25, McNichols Civic Center, 144 West Colfax ...

An extension of the "Of Places and Spaces" exhibition by two artists including Homare Ikeda.

Details are here (web page).



... 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.



... May 27, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ... Annual Memorial Service

To honor Japanese American veterans, at the Nisei Veterans Memorial in Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec.

This event always has a moving presentation of flowers from various Japanese American groups in the area. This year's guest speaker will be Derek Okubo

Click here for more information (a pdf document)



... 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).



... October 8-17 ...
The Boulder / Yamagata sister city committee is leading a trip to Japan, October 8-17, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their relationship. The trip focuses mostly on time in Yamagata. Details are here (a .pdf flyer).



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