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Coming events / activities


 Adult trip to Japan 

We have a fantastic, exciting trip heading to Japan this summer.

Called the "Essential Japan", it explores Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, and Hiroshima. The trip runs June 2-15, 2018.

And ... we have a special option, a pre-trip extension to visit the garden city of Kanazawa to see their Hyakumangoku festival. This trip departs May 30, joining the main trip in Hiroshima on June 4.

Details are here. Get info, even sign up if you're ready!

A flyer is here (a .pdf document). Print it off and post it; send it as an attachment to your emails. Spread the word.

New: a short presentation is here (a .pdf document). Also in PowerPoint format.


 High school student exchange to Japan 

We are also continuing our tradition of sending Denver area high school students to Japan in 2018.

As usual, we send ten local students and two chaperones to visit Japan for two weeks (this year: June 5-19). The group will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and Takayama.

In Takayama, the students will live with a local family for five or six nights.

Details are here. Get info, watch the trip develop and unfold!


Tuesday February 20, 7:00 p.m.: Regular monthly meeting, Location: home of Steve & Kitty Comstock. Click here to sign up (tell us who is coming) and get the address. (If the email link does not work for you, just send me an email directly: steve@trainersfriend.com)

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


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

Plans for 2018 (.pdf document) (Last updated 16 February, 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)

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


 Web pages from past events 

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

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

High schools student exchange to Japan June 8-22, 2016

Japan in Depth October, 2015


Upcoming and on-going events / activities outside the Committee that may be of interest:

... Sunday, Feb. 18 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ...
Day of Remembrance organized by the Mile Hi JACL at the History Colorado Center. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act, the formal acknowledgment of the injustice of the mass incarceration of Japanese and Japanese / Americans during World War II. The event is free, and attendees will have access to the museum and exhibits until 5:00 for no additional charge. Come early to get good seating (and to look around the museum before the program). More detail later.


... Wednesday, Feb. 21 noon - 1:00 p.m. ...
"Art of the Silk Road and Japan". These Wednesday lunch time talks are always terrific. This one promises to be excellent. The Center for Asian Studies has an excellent page describing the details, so I'll just point to their page


... Saturday, Feb. 24 4:00 p.m. ...
JAAC Annual New Year's Banquet, Empress Seafood Restaurant, 2825 W. Alameda, Denver. Great food and door prizes to boot! $25, RSVP by Feb. 16. More information is here (.pdf flyer)


... Sunday, Feb. 25 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. ...
Denver Kunming Sister City Chinese New Year Celebration, Empress Seafood Restaurant, 2825 W. Alameda, Denver. $45 members, $50 non-members, $25 children 10 and under, $35 students with ID. More information is here (web page)


... Friday - Sunday, March 2-4, various times ...
Third annual Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival at the Alamo Draft House Denver. Promotional flyer here (.pdf document). More details, schedule, and to purchase tickets, go here (web page).


... Saturday, March 3, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. ...
Sake tasting benefitting the Asian Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. Location: Uncle Joe's Hong Kong Bistro. More details here (.jpg document)


... Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day ...
Simpson United Methodist Church: Hina Matsuri (Doll and Culture Festival). Exhibits, demonstrations, sales, and food. More details here (.pdf document)



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