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Our coming events, background, some past activities, related organizations



While many committee activities are on hiatus due to the coronavirus, we have a web page that provides ways to connect with the committee. (New: I've added some pictures from Takayama's 2020 cherry blossom days.)


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 opportunities


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

Informal get together to discuss the book "Kitchen" by Banana Yoshimoto. 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.)




Tuesday July 21: Regular monthly meeting, 7:00-8:00-ish; location: online via Zoom.

Click here to request the Zoom meeting info (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 20 May, 2020)

Plans for 2020 (.pdf document) (Last updated 4 May, 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



... 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




... 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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