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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 about 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 April 17, 7:00 p.m.: Regular monthly meeting, Location: TBD. 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 21 March, 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)

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 

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:

... Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ...
Community Forum on Mixed Race Experience at the Sakura Square mezzanine. "Japanese Americans have a high rate of outmarriage or mixed marriages. The offsprings of mixed marriage have a different experience in American society. This forum will explore those experiences in order to educate the community on the future political and cultural needs of the Japanese American community in Denver." Hosted by Mile High JACL. Parking provided free in the Sakura Square garage if you RSVP to al_ots@hotmail.com. Questions: email Calvin Hada at president@milehighjacl.org


... Friday, March 30, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ...
Movie Night at DU: Hafu Documentary in the Anderson Academic Commons, Room AAC 290 2150 E. Evans Ave. The JET Alumni Association of the Rocky Mountains is organizing this showing of this highly acclaimed documentary of what it's like to be of mixed parentage in Japan. More information here (web page).


... Saturday, March 31, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ...
Sake: An Introductory Seminar; at the TriState Denver Buddhist Temple. Proceeds to benefit the TSDBT seminary fund to help send Kaitlyn Mascher-Mace to seminary. $55 tickets. More details and sign up here (web page)



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