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




We are pleased to introduce our brand new web site loaded with new functionality and information.

We will maintain this current site in parallel with the new site for a limited time and then this site will be closed down.

Please visit the new site and send us your comments / suggestions.


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


Events and Upcoming Activities

Saturday September 18, 9:00 a.m.: City of Takayama Park workday, Location: Colorado Blvd. at Cherry Creek Drive North. Click here to sign up (tell us who is coming) so we know how much water and snacks to purchase. (If the email link does not work for you, just send me an email directly: takayama@denversistercities.org)



Regular monthly meeting
(Our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month)
Tuesday September 21: 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 gilasakawa@gmail.com.)



Virtual book club meeting
Tuesday October 5: 7:00-8:15-ish; location: online via Zoom.

Informal get together to discuss books by Japanese authors (in translation) or about Japan.

For October we'll be reading and discussing "A Personal Matter" by Kenzaburo Oe.

From Goodreads

Kenzaburō Ōe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II writers, known for his powerful accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his own struggle to come to terms with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Ōe for his "poetic force [that] creates an imagined world where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today."

His most personal book, A Personal Matter, is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing marriage whose utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth to a brain-damaged child.

Most of the reviews and summaries seem to me to be mostly downers:

Faculty Webster.edu
Elif the Reader
Super Summary

But Wikipedia's article on the author includes a link to their article on Oe's real life disabled son, which notes he has become a composer of chamber music, and his first CD sold over a million copies.

The book is available on Amazon (hard copy, paperback, audio, or kindle) as well as a couple of sites new to me:

Internet Archive where you can apparently check it out and borrow (check out the bottom of the page which has some suggested reading for future book club reads) and

Nonchalantly PDF where you can download a pdf for free (although you need to register).

Email Steve Comstock to request the Zoom meeting info (If you have trouble, simply send an email to steve@trainersfriend.com.) All are welcome, but please let Steve know you wish to attend so he can send you the link for the Zoom session

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

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 trips 

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


Other Organization's Activities

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