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While many committee activities are on hiatus due to the coronavirus, we have a web page that encourages you to share thoughts and creations with the committee.


commendation presentation

Steve Comstock, chairman of the committee, accepts an award on behalf of the committee from Midori Takeuchi, the Consul General of Japan in Denver. The award is a special commendation to our committee, jointly with the Takayama Denver Friendship Association, "for outstanding contributions to strengthen US-Japan relations through their joint activities over the last 60 years", awarded on July 29, 2020.

If you are planning on traveling to Japan, with our group or on your own, it would help to have some background information. Here is some useful information about traveling to, and within, Japan


Got that craving for Japanese food? Want to support your favorite Japanese restaurant? Hakken Denver and the Japanese Arts Network maintain an excellent spreadsheet listing our favorite Japanese restaurants (some you may not even know about) including name, location, phone, hours of operation, web - as well as describing their takeout and delivery options. A great resource!


Click her to get our daily coronavirus update


Coming events / activities


Regular monthly meetings have been moved online until further notice; see below for online activities



Virtual book club meeting
Tuesday October 6: 7:00-8:30-ish; location: online via Zoom.

Informal get together to discuss the book "The Old Capital" by Yasunari Kawabata. It is available on Amazon as hard copy, paperback, and Kindle.

Click here to request the Zoom meeting info (If you have trouble, simply send an email to steve@trainersfriend.com.)

Note: the movie "Koto" (1963) is based on this book. You can stream the movie here.

A second screen adaptation was made in 1980 and a third adaptation in 2016 (I have not seen any way to stream these last two)

The book for November 3 meeting will be chosen by Cynthia Geesey.

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


Regular monthly meeting
(Our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month)
Tuesday October 20th: 7:00-8:00-ish; location: online via Zoom.

Rough agenda: Financials / Bunka No Hi (culture day event).

Click here to request the Zoom meeting info (If you have trouble, simply send an email to gilasakawa@gmail.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 25 August, 2020)

Plans for 2020 (.pdf document) (Last updated 17 August, 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


Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society

... 51st Annual Bonsai Exhibition ...
This year's Bonsai Exhibition will be a virtual event as well as the actual show at the Denver Botanical Gardens. The event will be September 18-27. More details on the RMBS website or via their PDF flyer.

Japanese Horror Movies

... Various evenings, 7:00 p.m. ...
Aurora Sister Cities is hosting showings of four Japanese horror movies; next up is on Thursday, October 29, 2020. The whole series is described here (a pdf flyer).


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