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 Travels To Japan 

2020: Wednesday June 3 - Thursday June 18: High school student exchange trip

As part of a long standing tradition, and part of our fundamental mission, Denver Takayama leads a trip of high school students from the Denver area on a two week trip to Japan, including a homestay in Takayama.


Click here for more details; and to follow the pre-trip and trip as it progresses.



2020: Saturday October 3 - Thursday October 15: Introduction to Japan


For October, we have a very special trip to Japan, consisting of our "Introduction to Japan" itinerary (Kyoto, Takayama, and Tokyo). Our stay in Takayama will be during the time of their famous matsuri (festival), and we will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Denver / Takayama relationship. There is also an optional pre-trip extension to Hiroshima. It's possible to do further itinerary tailoring if desired.


Click here for more details, including a link to a page to sign up for this fun trip.



Monday, February 10: Setsubun (Spring kick off) meal, 6:30-8:00;

It's time to usher in happiness and good luck for the new year and get those bad spirits to leave!

The Denver-Takayama Sister City Committee invites you to a Celebration of Setsubun 2020!

When: February 10, (Monday) at 6:30 PM.

Where: Misaki at Superior
             402 Marshall Road
             Superior, Colorado

What: A delicious, traditional Japanese set dinner menu; fun, frivolity; bean throwing ritual

Pre-Register for this event by 02/07 by going ==> here <== where you can register and pay for the event using the Pay Pal formsite, or contact DSCI during office hours at 303-832-1336 if you need help with registration/payment.

Last year we had a great time chasing away those devilish spirits, so come join the fun this year!



Tuesday February 18: Regular monthly meeting, 6:30-8:30-ish; location: Daniels Fund building, 101 Monroe St.

Come help us organize our upcoming events, get the skinny on what's coming down the road. Please RSVP so we can plan the room layout.

Note: free parking is available in the lot to the west (on Madison); (the gate comes up automatically on entry and exit, no charge); please park in the lot or along First Ave. in front of the building. They ask you not to park on the street along Monroe or Madison.

Click here to let me know you're coming (If you have trouble, simply send an email to steve@trainersfriend.com.)

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




Thursday January 30: DSCI Annual Meeting and Celebration, 6:00-8:00-ish; location: Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver

This free event is tons of fun, with good food, good networking and the awarding of the committee's volunteer of the year award.

Open to members and friends of our committee. But you need to register: Click here to register


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

A look back at activities and involvement of members and friends during 2019 - a retrospective (.pdf document) (Last updated 11 January, 2020)

And a look at the impact of our committee in the community in 2019 - (.pdf document) volunteer hours and dollars spent doing our work. (Last updated 11 January, 2020

Minutes of the last meeting (.pdf document) (Last updated 22 January, 2020)

Plans for 2020 (.pdf document) (Last updated 22 January, 2020)

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 

Journey Into Japan adult trip October 5-19, 2019)

Visit by high school students from Takayama August 1-6, 2019

High school students exchange trip to Japan June, 2018

Essential Japan (adult trip) June, 2018



... January 10 - 26, various times ...
At the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora: the Phamaly Theatre Company is presenting "Honk!" a new musical based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Ugly Duckling"

The Phamaly company is composed of actors with various disabilities, and they have been producing quality theatre for 30 years.

For this production, the Nippon Foundation has arranged to bring two handicapped actors from Tokyo's Cure Art company to be part of the show.

In February, the whole cast is being flown to Tokyo to perform the show at the True Colors Festival, on the 15th and 16th.

Tickets run $30 for adults and $20 for children (ages 2-17).

Here is the link for buying tickets so you can see dates and times.



... Saturday, January 25, starting at noon ...
At the Tri-State Buddhhist Temple, 1947 Lawerence, in Sakura Square: the 45th annual singing competition, men's team vs. women's team. Plus lots of extra entertainment, and food! Admission is free (seating starts at 11:00); bento boxes for sale; door prizes. A long time community favorite event.

More information is available here (a pdf flyer).



... Sunday, February 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ...
At History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver, Mile High JACL celebrates a day of Remembrance; this year, remembering the Japanese in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. Admission to the event is free; if you want to explore the wider venue of History Colorado, there is an admission fee.

Join us for keynote speaker Mitch Maki, CEO of the Go For Broke National Education Center in Los Angeles, who will pay tribute to the heroes of the Military Intelligence Service, or MIS. These Nisei soldiers were not famous like the “Go For Broke” 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe, but they were instrumental in the allied victory in the Pacific, and in the U.S. Occupation postwar Japan.



... Various evenings, 7:00 p.m. ...
Aurora Sister Cities is hosting showings of four Japanese horror movies; next up is on Friday, March 13, 2020. The whole series is described here (a pdf flyer).



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