Japan-America Society
of Southern Colorado

The Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado is a non-profit educational and cultural organization promoting increased awareness, education, and understanding between the citizens of Southern Colorado and Japan.


Upcoming events

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Colorado College
    • 16 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver


    WHAT: Mile High JACL’s Day of Remembrance
    WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 16, 1-3 pm
    WHERE: History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver (https://www.historycolorado.org)
    COST: Portraits of Courage and JACL events are free to the public; museum admission is required to view additional exhibit galleries.
    CONTACT FOR INFORMATION: info@milehighjacl.org

    On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which allowed the US military to designate “exclusion zones” to ban anyone of Japanese ancestry.

    These exclusion zones were along the West Coast, and reflected the fear that anyone who was even part-Japanese -- including children who were born in the US and therefore American citizens – could be spies or saboteurs. As a result of EO 9066, 120,000 people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II in 10 concentration camps hastily built inland, from remote parts of California to the swamps of Arkansas. One concentration camp, Amache, was built in southeast Colorado and housed almost 10,000 people during the war.

    The Mile High Chapter of the JACL, the oldest Asian American national civil rights organization, every year sponsors a Day of Remembrance event so that we won’t forget the injustice that happened 77 years ago.

    This year’s Day of Remembrance will be held Sunday, Feb. 16 from 1-3 pm at History Colorado Center, 12th and Broadway.

    Join us for keynote speaker Mitch Maki, CEO of the Go For Broke National Education Center in Los Angeles, who will pay tribute to the heroes of the Military Intelligence Service, or MIS. These Nisei soldiers were not famous like the “Go For Broke” 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe, but they were instrumental in the allied victory in the Pacific, and in the U.S. Occupation postwar Japan.

    Parking: covered facilities directly across the street at 12th Avenue and Broadway. Street parking in Denver is free on Sundays. Wheelchair accessible entrance is on the 12th Avenue, east of Broadway.

    Program made possible by grants from the Simpson United Methodist Church, Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple, Nisei Veterans Association and Sakura Foundation, and our generous hosts, History Colorado Center.

    History Colorado will have on display (ends Feb. 17) “Portraits of Courage: Photographs by Shane Sato,” a series of portraits of JA WWII veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service.

    If you require sign language interpretation at the event, please reach out to media@milehighjacl.org no later than February 1st.


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    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • USAFA Falcon Club

    JUMP Inaugural Event

    JUMP Colorado Springs: February 29, 2020

    February 29, 2020 , 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    JUMP will be hosting our inaugural event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Falcon Club on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy. This event is co-sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado. The event will feature keynote remarks by senior officials, a catered reception, and traditional Japanese musical performances. This is a lunchtime event. Further details will be forthcoming. If you live in the Colorado Springs area, we would love for you to join us.

    JUMP seeks to bring together those American service members, government employees, and their families who have served in Japan and would like to remain in contact with Japanese culture, language, and people, as well as stay informed about the U.S.-Japan Alliance. The program is a collaboration between Sasakawa USA, the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS), and the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.

Past events

16 Dec 2019 Kakehashi Program
16 Nov 2019 Shibainu Festival Pre-Event Movie
26 Oct 2019 2019 Japanese Cultural Festival and Bazaar
19 Oct 2019 Ikebana
14 Sep 2019 What If Festival of Innovation & Imagination
13 Sep 2019 Asian Art Association presents Curator's Circle
28 Aug 2019 My Neighbor Totoro
26 Aug 2019 My Neighbor Totoro
25 Aug 2019 My Neighbor Totoro
24 Aug 2019 Hiroya Tsukamoto Concert
04 Aug 2019 JAA Picnic
20 Jul 2019 Obon Odori and Hatsubon
15 Jul 2019 Cats of Mirikitani screening
13 Jul 2019 Summer Wagashi Tasting
29 Jun 2019 Free Citizen Workshop
24 Jun 2019 Manjiro/Whitfield Grassroots Summit
27 May 2019 Nisei Veterans Memorial
18 May 2019 Amache Pilgrimage
12 May 2019 Japanese School of Denver Community Fair
11 May 2019 Paul Maruyama Book Signing
11 May 2019 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
04 May 2019 Kodomo no Hi: Children's Day
03 May 2019 Passport to Asia Dinners
25 Apr 2019 Stay at the Imperial Hotel in Japan
20 Apr 2019 JASSC April Culture Talk - Sogetsu Ikebana
02 Mar 2019 Doll and Cultural Festival
16 Feb 2019 JASSC February Cultural Talk
26 Jan 2019 Mochitsuki (New Year's Rice Pounding)
17 Nov 2018 Koi Fish Viewing
20 Oct 2018 2018 Japanese Cultural Festival and Bazaar
17 Oct 2018 Registration for Manjiro/Whitfield Grassroots Summit
15 Sep 2018 Monthly Gathering
29 May 2018 Asian Pacific Community “Passport to Asia” – Thai Mint
26 May 2018 43rd Annual Territory Days
20 May 2018 Asian Pacific Community “Passport to Asia” – Hunan Springs
15 May 2018 Asian Pacific Community “Passport to Asia” – Tomo Sushi
10 May 2018 Asian Pacific Community “Passport to Asia” – You-Ka Café
05 May 2018 Kodomo no Hi: Children's Day
01 May 2018 Asian Pacific Community “Passport to Asia” – Saigon Wings
29 Apr 2018 Chiho Aoshima: “Takaamanohara”
29 Apr 2018 Yoshitomo Saito: “Millionyearseeds”
21 Apr 2018 Screening: The Rootless Land (A Country That Is Nowhere)
16 Apr 2018 An Evening with Shunsaku Hayashi
14 Apr 2018 Cooking Class
31 Mar 2018 "The Rootless Land ", Part 2, to be aired on NHK
24 Mar 2018 "The Rootless Land", Part 1, to be aired on NHK
17 Mar 2018 Japan Experiences, Tea and Conversation
10 Mar 2018 Suyama Project
03 Mar 2018 Hina Matsuri
17 Feb 2018 Monthly Gathering
07 Feb 2018 Seed: The Life of the Rice King and His Kin
19 Jan 2018 On Ensemble Concert
31 Dec 2017 NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen
07 Dec 2017 George Takei's Allegiance on Broadway
30 Nov 2017 Walk in US, Talk on Japan
21 Oct 2017 Japanese Cultural Festival & Bazaar
30 Sep 2017 JASSC Asian Potluck
19 Sep 2017 JASSC Membership Meeting
26 Aug 2017 Cooking Class
04 Aug 2017 Fujiyoshida Sister City 55th Aniversary
03 Aug 2017 Seed: The Life of the Rice King and His Kin
26 Jun 2017 2017 Nara Summit
06 May 2017 Children's Day 2017
19 Apr 2017 SEED: The Life of the Rice King and His Kin
17 Mar 2017 2017 Paul Maruyama Scholarship Application
11 Mar 2017 Japan Style
03 Mar 2017 Shen Yun – Enter the Land of the Divine
19 Feb 2017 Day of Remembrance 2017
19 Feb 2017 ALLEGIANCE Returns for Special Encore Screening!
16 Feb 2017 The Birth of Saké
25 Jan 2017 GLF Annual Chinese New Year Dinner – Year of the Rooster
21 Jan 2017 CSCCI Chinese New Year Festival
14 Jan 2017 2017 Mochistuki - Rice Pounding
08 Jan 2017 The Taiko Society at Library 21C
13 Dec 2016 George Takei's Allegiance
03 Dec 2016 JASSC's Holiday Party
22 Oct 2016 Golden Lotus Mid Autumn Festival Luncheon
15 Oct 2016 Cultural Festival and Bazaar
07 Aug 2016 Membership Potluck with Rudi's BBQ
09 Jul 2016 Cooking Class
11 Jun 2016 Cooking Class
07 Jun 2016 Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Toranosuke Taiko Drummers 2016 Tour Concert
21 May 2016 2016 Amache Pilgrimage
20 May 2016 Colorado Springs Ikebana, Chapter 95
07 May 2016 Lantern Glow Cultural Festival of Lights
07 May 2016 Children's Day 2016
09 Apr 2016 Expanding the flute: Eastern European, Japanese Shakuhachi and Contemporary flute traditions Workshop
08 Apr 2016 Expanding the flute: Eastern European, Japanese Shakuhachi and Contemporary flute traditions Concert
26 Mar 2016 Sakura Festival
21 Feb 2016 Day of Remembrance
23 Jan 2016 Mochitsuki (New Year's Rice Pounding)
20 Jan 2016 Public Lecture, “The Mad Baron’s March: International Rivalries and the Russian Civil War in Mongolia, 1920-1921” by Dr. John Jennings
05 Dec 2015 Annual Holiday Party
10 Nov 2015 Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan
06 Nov 2015 CSCCI Annual Traditional Chinese Hot Pot Dinner
24 Oct 2015 Cultural Festival and Bazaar
09 Aug 2015 JASSC Membership Potluck
06 Jul 2015 2015 Manjiro Summit
20 Jun 2015 CANCELLED -- Asian Potluck Luncheon
23 May 2015 Japanese Cooking Class
22 May 2015 Amache Exhibit at University of Denver (DU)
02 May 2015 Children's Day
25 Apr 2015 Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu)
02 Apr 2015 Gunpowder Diplomacy: The 1637-1638 Shimabara Rebellion and the Dutch East India Company
14 Mar 2015 Japanese Cooking Class
15 Feb 2015 Modern Taiko Fusion Concert: On Ensemble Live in Concert at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
15 Feb 2015 Day of Remembrance 2015: Sharing Our Stories
17 Jan 2015 Mochitsuki (New Year's Rice Pounding)
06 Dec 2014 Annual Holiday Party
03 Nov 2014 Anime Film Series
04 Oct 2014 Cultural Festival and Bazaar
14 Aug 2014 Asian Pacific Community Luncheon
10 Aug 2014 Diversity Festival
03 Aug 2014 Membership Dinner
17 May 2014 Camp Amache Trip
15 May 2014 Lily Havey Presentation on Her Experiences at Camp Amache
08 May 2014 Paul Maruyama Lecture and Retirement Reception
03 May 2014 Children's Day
26 Apr 2014 Japanese Play: Nothing is Impossible at PPCC
27 Jan 2014 Kabuki at Colorado College
18 Jan 2014 Mochitsuki (New Year's Rice Pounding)
12 Jan 2014 Colorado Springs and Fujiyoshida -- Sister Cities
12 Dec 2013 Screening of the new film "Things Left Behind" and a talk by the director, Linda Hoaglund
07 Dec 2013 Annual Holiday Party
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