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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.


2020 Denver Takayama Sister Cities Culture Day

Culture Day Flyer pg1

We are holding our 3rd Annual Culture Day event via Zoom this year by working with Takayama City Office in Japan. We'll have a virtual tour of the Old town of Takayama and a cooking demonstration of the local cuisine at a traditional style house, with a "half time" Rajio Taiso!

Further information in our Coming Events section (below).

Register for Culture Day via Zoom.



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



Denver-Takayama Sister Cities Culture Day
Saturday November 7th 7:00-9:00pm MST; location: online via Zoom.

The Culture Day Event this year will focus on three areas:

For more information, email us at JapanCultureDay@DenverSisterCities.org

Registration: Register for Culture Day via Zoom.

Full event flyer (pdf)



Virtual book club meeting
Tuesday November 10: 7:00-8:30-ish; location: online via Zoom.

Informal get together to discuss the book "I Am A Cat" by Natsume Sōseki, selected by Michele Quackenbush. Information and availability via Good Reads Website.

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

Wikipedia has an article about the book. There are two live action movie adaptations, "Wagahai wa neko de aru" (1936) and "I Am a Cat" (1975), and one anime adaptation (Japanese language, no subtitles) on YouTube.

The book for December 1st meeting will be chosen by Colleen Thumm.

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 November 17th: 6:00-7:00-ish; location: online via Zoom.

Rough agenda: Financials / Culture Day followup / Middle School Connect / Shokawa Event / Movie updates.

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


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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Or call us at: 720-232-3509
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