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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.


Help us publicize the trip: print and post this pdf flyer at your work, place of worship, restaurants, shops, and so on.


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




Tuesday March 17: 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.


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 February, 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




... 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).




... March 24, 7:30 p.m. ...
Visiting violinist Simone Spadino Pippa in concert with the the Colorado Chamber Players playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons. At the First Universalist Church, 4101 E. Hampden Ave., Denver.

Tickets $15 per person. More information here (.pdf flyer). Purchase tickets here.



... March 25, 7:00 p.m. ...
An amazing dance troupe from Japan will be performing Wednesday March 25 at the Broomfield Auditorium, under the auspices of JASC with help from the Sakura Foundation and Nikkeijin Kai.

Additional information is here (a pdf flyer) Purchase tickets here (a web page).



... June 18-22 ...
Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies. An opportunity for beginners to experts to learn how to play the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) in a camp environment in Loveland, Colorado.

The faculty are all world class shakuhachi musicians. Multiple options for group classes or individual classes, give concerts. A little fuller description is here (a .pdf flyer).

All the details are found here. Browse around for prices (including special pricing for absolute beginners and scholarships) and the concerts and salons, as well as bios of the faculty. Fees and registration are here



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