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Coming events / activities


Monday, February 11: Setsubun (Spring kick off) meal, 6:00-8:00;

It's time to usher in happiness and good luck for the new year and get those bad spirits to leave! The Denver-Takayama Sister City Committee invites you to a Celebration of Setsubun 2019!

When: February 11, (Monday) at 6:00 PM.

Where: Sonoda's Japanese Restaurant
             3108 S. Parker Road

What: A delicious, traditional Japanese set dinner menu; fun, frivolity; bean throwing ritual

Prices are very reasonable:

  • Adult (20 and older) - $37 for members of DSCI, $42 for non-members
  • Teen (13-19) - $27 for members, $32 for non-members
  • Child (4-12) - $15 for members, $18 for non-members
  • Toddler / infant (0-3) - free

This includes tax and tip, but non-tea drinks are extra. There is always an amazing spread of food!

Seating is limited so Pre-Register for this event by 02/07 by going ==> here <== where you can register and pay for the event using the DSCI CIVICRM site, or contact DSCI during office hours at 303-832-1336 if you need help with registration/payment.

Last year we had a great time chasing away those devilish spirits, so come join the fun this year!

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



Tuesday Febuary 19: Regular monthly meeting, Location: Home of Steve & Kitty Comstock. Open to members and friends of the committee. RSVP requested.

Click here to sign up. (If the email link does not work for you, just send an email directly to me: steve@trainersfriend.com or call me at 303-355-2752)

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




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

Minutes of the last meeting (.pdf document) (Last updated 1 December, 2018)

Plans for 2019 (.pdf document) (Last updated 29 December, 2018)

Working budget for 2019 (.pdf document) (Last updated 31 December, 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)

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 

High school students exchange trip to Japan June, 2018

Essential Japan (adult trip) June, 2018

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

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


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


... January 24, 6:00 p.m. ... Denver Sister City International's annual meeting. At the Jewish Community Center (350 S. Dahlia, in the Phillips Social Hall).

Cost is $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Plenty of free parking. Use the Elaine Wolf Theater entrance. All are welcome. Register and pre-pay here

Program includes:
* Guest speaker Karen Gerwitz of the World Trade Center
* Introductions of the new DSCI Board
* Special presentation on the state of the organization by President Jessica Skibo
* Presentation of Volunteer-of-the-year awards for all the committees



... January 26, 11:00 a.m. ... the 44th Annual Kohaku Red and White Singing Competition at the Tri-State Buddhist Temple, 1947 Lawrence St., in Sakura Square, Denver.

A fun event with two teams competing for the title of Kohaku champions. Admission is free. There are door prizes. There will be Japanese bento available for purchase.

Here is a promotional flyer (a pdf document).



... February 2, 6:00 - 9:00 p,m. ... the JET Alumni Association of the Rocky Mountains (JETAARM) annual shinnenkai welcoming the new year celebration, at the Tomai Tower penthouse, 1255 19th Street, Denver (in Sakura Square)

A $20 fee for this fun event includes food, drink, parking, networking, and the opportunity to participate in a tea ceremony.

You must RSVP and pre-pay here (a web page).



... February 16, 7:30 p.m. ... DSCI's own Renaissance man, Michael Frank, will be holding the world premier of his work "Gravitas". Held at the First Universalist Church of Denver, 4101 E. Hampden (one block east of Colorado Blvd.).

This will be an amazing production with an orchestra, choir, photographic projections, and shadow movement.

Here is where you can purchase tickets. (a web page). Note that this page also has links to information about the composition and the artists.




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