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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.



commendation presentation

Steve Comstock, previous 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.



Join us in Japan!


     In Pursuit of
Japanese Fall Colors


The Denver Takayama Sister City Committee is planning a fall trip to Japan, to view the fall colors and visit our friends in Takayama!

From October 30 through November 12.

Starting near the northenmost spot in the main island of Honshu and traveling down to visit Tokyo then on to Takayama before heading home.

This trip features travel on Japan's famed rail services, including several segments on shinkansen - bullet trains; a stay in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), stunning views throughout the country and amazing foods and sights.

For two weeks visit this beautiful, mysterious country and revel in a whole different world.

The cost is $4,865 per person, double occupancy, including:

  • All lodging and land transportation
  • All breakfasts and five dinners
  • Admissions and tours of selected sites
  • Two trip leaders from our committee
  • A tax deductible donation to the committee to support our student exchanges

The cost does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Single supplement charge
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal items purchased in country


Special notes:

  • There is some chance Japan will not have re-opened its borders to travelers, in which case the trip will need to be cancelled. If that happens up to 45 days before departure, you will not lose any money
  • We must have at least eight travelers to run the trip.
  • If you are interested, please let us know by September 14.


If you want more information, or are ready to sign up, please contact Kay Fahlberg, our travel advisor from Ippo Travel, at 720-773-0039. Or you can email her here


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




Click here to get coronavirus information for Japan


Events and Upcoming Activities

Virtual book club meeting
Tuesday August 3: 7:00-8:15-ish; location: online via Zoom.

Informal get together to discuss the book "Please Enjoy Your Happiness - a Memoir" by Paul Brinkley-Rogers.

From Goodreads

Whilst serving as a seaman at the age of nineteen, Brinkley-Rogers met Kaji Yukiko, a sophisticated, highly intellectual Japanese woman, who was on the run from her vicious gangster boyfriend, a member of Japan's brutal crime syndicate the yakuza. Trying to create a perfect experience of purity, she took him under her wing, sharing their love of poetry, cinema and music and many an afternoon at the Mozart Café.

Brinkley-Rogers, now in his seventies, re-reads Yukiko's letters and finally recognizes her as the love of his life, receiving at last the gifts she tried to bestow on him. Reaching across time and continents, Brinkley-Rogers shows us how to reclaim a lost love, inviting us all to celebrate those loves of our lives that never do end.

An interesting customer review on Amazon insists the romance was "intense but platonic". Read the book and decide if it was platonic or not.

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



Sunday August 15: Tanabata (celebrate reunion of separated lovers), 5:30 to around 8:30; location: the Japanese garden of a private residence, details available when you RSVP.

Come celebrate the reunion of Orihime and Hikoboshi, write personal wishes for hanging on the tanabata bush, enjoy traditional music and light refreshments; limit: 75 people. Although this is a free event, a donation of $5 to help defray the cost of refreshments would be appreciated. Click here to sign up (tell us who all is coming)

A good article about Tanabata in Japan is this Wikipedia entry.



Regular monthly meeting
(Our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month)
Tuesday August 17th: 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.)


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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