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.

Events



Upcoming events

    • 31 Dec 2017
    • 3:15 AM - 7:45 AM

    The traditional Japanese Red and White Song Festival to be aired for New Years' celebration.

    • 20 Jan 2018
    • TBD

    Mochitsuki to be held on a Sat. in January 2018

    Free and open to the public

    watch for event details

    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • NHK

    Paul Maruyama's book, Escape from Manchuria, will be aired on NHK in a two part drama in March, 2018.  See a short excerpt about the Olympian and Author.

    See the announcement in Japanese or the translation below:


    9/1/2017

    NHK FEATURE DRAMA 

    Announcing the Start of Production of “Doko Ni Mo Nai Kuni” (A Country That Is Nowhere) Starring Seiyo Uchino as the Main Character 

    At the end of World War II, there was a group of men who risked their lives to bring about the repatriation to Japan of over 1,500, 000 Japanese who were stranded in the former Empire of Manchuria.  This is the story of the desperate struggle of those men to bring about the return to the homeland of their fellow countrymen abandoned by their own country – and it is the story of the love of their wives who supported the men’s efforts.  Helplessly tossed about by the complicated situation of conditions of the cold war (following WWII), how did the repatriation (of Japanese) that has been called nothing but miraculous come about?

    This postwar secret story that has been hidden from history is set to become a major drama program on a major scale that will include settings in China!

    The main characters appearing in the drama

    Kunio Maruyama (to be played by Seiyo Uchino)

    He went to the United States to study after graduating (in Japan) with a major in political economics.   He had planned to pursue a study in political science, but feeling abhorrence to the restriction of free speech under the control of the military, he decided to break new grounds in Manchuria.  During the war, he was employed by Manchurian Steel Manufacturing Company in Anshan.  Greatly impressed by the book  “Utopia” (by Saint Thomas Moore), he works diligently and is not deflected from pursuing the principles he believes in.  At the end of the War, he plotted his escape out of Manchuria as he observed the desperate situation of his fellow countrymen.

    Mariko Maruyama (to be played by Yoshino Kimura)

    A Japanese-American Nisei who married Maruyama while he was studying in the United States.  Her American name is Mary Takeda.  During WWII, even though she was the mother of four young children, she sent Maruyama off on his escape without any complaint about her own fears, and evacuated with her children to Dalian to seek refuge.   After Maruyama’s escape (out of Manchuria), she protected her children with her strong determination and her love.

    Shinpo Hachiro (to be played by Taizo Harada)

    Due to his great confidence and genius as a businessman, he became the president of Shinpo-gumi, a construction company that had 17 branches throughout Manchuria.   In July, just before the end of the War, he was drafted into the Army in the desperate “uprooting conscription system”; upon learning of Japan’s defeat, he escaped from his army unit and returned to Anshan where his family awaited him eagerly.  Invited by Maruyama to join in his escape, his initiative and his material assets are indispensable in the escape effort. 

    Matsu Shinpo (to be played by Renbutsu Misako)

    Shinpo Hachiro’s wife.  Mother of two boys.  At one time, she becomes desperate, fearing that her husband’s escape had failed, but with encouragement from Mariko Maruyama, she carries on bravely as a mother.  While hiding her identity in Dairen, her true identity comes into jeopardy, but the Catholic Church in Dairen comes to her rescue by protecting her (and her family).

    Masamichi Musashi (to be played by Mitsushima Shinnosuke)

    An employee of Shinpo’s company, Shinpo-gumi.  Fluent in Chinese. And he is devoted to Shinpo.  Possessing a fair-minded character, he is called Wuzan (the Chinese reading of his name) and is adored by the native Chinese.  With his fluency in Chinese, he comes up with many clues for their escape.  Later, disregarding personal danger, he returns to Manchuria and is suspected as a spy and undergoes brutal torture and hovers between life and death.

    Ayao Kishimoto (played by Tsurutaro Kataoka)

    Chairman of Manchurian Steel Manufacturing.  A former Army four-star general, he became the mayor of Tokyo.  At the end of World War II, he strives to insure the safety of Manchurian Steel Manufacturing Company’s employees and their families, but is placed under custody of the Soviet Army and is later placed under arrest of the Communist Chinese Army.  When Maruyama reports his plans o escape to Kishimoto from Manchuria, Kishimoto recommends Shinpo as a co-conspirator.

    Shigeru Yoshida (played by Kenichi Hagiwara)

    A former deputy foreign minister and former Ambassador to Great Britain.  At the end of WWII, he was not a government official, but since his predecessor was removed, he filled the Foreign Minister’s position.  The next year, he became the Prime Minister.  Before the War, while he was the Ambassador to Great Britain, he came to know Maruyama while Maruyama was traveling throughout Europe.  When Maruyama appeals for the repatriation Japanese (from Manchuria), Yoshida advises Maruyama that, because Japan under occupation policies had no foreign diplomacy rights, Maruyama should rouse up grass roots support for his cause.  Yoshida gives support from the sidelines.

    OUTLINE OF THE DRAMA

     

    The former Empire of Manchuria under Soviet occupation.  With all assets confiscated, assaulted by pillaging and violence, and with all means of communication with Japan completely severed, the Japanese people were abandoned in desperate darkness.  Plotting to find a way out of the extremely desperate situation (in which approximately 2400 were losing their lives daily) were a few unknown ordinary citizens.  Kunio Maruyama (Seiyo Uchino) decides for himself that he himself needs to be the messenger who escapes to Japan to appeal about the desperate conditions and move Japan, and move the United States of America,  to action.  Maruyama was fluent in English.  Hachiro Shinpo (Taizo Harada) was an entrepreneur who had personal wealth.  Masamichi Musaahi (Shinnosuke Mitsushima) was an energetic young man fluent in Chinese.  The three that formed a team left their wives and families behind in Manchuria, and after overcoming several life and death situations, finally succeeded in their escape.  The three appealed for early repatriation directly to Shigeru Yoshida (Kenichi Ogihara) and to MacArthur, and the three made an appeal via radio for the urgent need for immediate repatriation, thus greatly rousing up the populace for action.  At long last, the repatriation of over one million Japanese left behind in Manchuria became reality.  In that number was Maruyama’s wife Mariko (Yoshino Kimura) as well as Shinpo’s wife Matsu (Misako Renbutsu).  However, hardly any Japanese left behind in Manchuria had any way of knowing anything about the three men who persevered so hard to save them.

     

    Seiyo Uchino’s Comments

    I did not know that, when Japan was defeated, such tragic conditions were taking place in Manchuria.  Or that there were those men who rose up to be saviors in those tragic situations.  In something as enormous as in the ebb and flow of history or in a superpower super nation, a single individual’s power may be miniscule, but the sense of justice and determination, as well as the ideal and dream of the man named Maruyama who rose to action – I feel that this will be a production from which I can receive an abundance of spirit.  In particular, I want to strive to make this drama to be realistic and vivid about an ordinary indistinct person who weaves a once in a lifetime drama adventure; with those deep thoughts, I want to give my all in my acting.    I ask you please to look forward to the two nights for this major production.

    Feature Drama: “A Country That Is Nowhere”

    (Japanese Title:どこにもない国)

    Broadcast Schedule

    Part 1:  March 24, 2018 (Sat.) NHK General Broadcast at 9 PM

    Part 2:  March 31, 2018 (Sat.) NHK General Broadcast at 9 PM

    Director:  Sumio Omori

    Origination:  From 満州 奇跡の脱出 

                            Escape from Manchuria) by Paul Kuniaki Maruyama

    Overall Production Coordinator:  Takashi Nakamura (NHK)

    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • NHK

    Paul Maruyama's book, Escape from Manchuria, will be aired on NHK in a two part drama in March, 2018.  See a short excerpt about the Olympian and Author.

    See the announcement in Japanese or the translation below:


    9/1/2017

    NHK FEATURE DRAMA 

    Announcing the Start of Production of “Doko Ni Mo Nai Kuni” (A Country That Is Nowhere) Starring Seiyo Uchino as the Main Character 

    At the end of World War II, there was a group of men who risked their lives to bring about the repatriation to Japan of over 1,500, 000 Japanese who were stranded in the former Empire of Manchuria.  This is the story of the desperate struggle of those men to bring about the return to the homeland of their fellow countrymen abandoned by their own country – and it is the story of the love of their wives who supported the men’s efforts.  Helplessly tossed about by the complicated situation of conditions of the cold war (following WWII), how did the repatriation (of Japanese) that has been called nothing but miraculous come about?

    This postwar secret story that has been hidden from history is set to become a major drama program on a major scale that will include settings in China!

    The main characters appearing in the drama

    Kunio Maruyama (to be played by Seiyo Uchino)

    He went to the United States to study after graduating (in Japan) with a major in political economics.   He had planned to pursue a study in political science, but feeling abhorrence to the restriction of free speech under the control of the military, he decided to break new grounds in Manchuria.  During the war, he was employed by Manchurian Steel Manufacturing Company in Anshan.  Greatly impressed by the book  “Utopia” (by Saint Thomas Moore), he works diligently and is not deflected from pursuing the principles he believes in.  At the end of the War, he plotted his escape out of Manchuria as he observed the desperate situation of his fellow countrymen.

    Mariko Maruyama (to be played by Yoshino Kimura)

    A Japanese-American Nisei who married Maruyama while he was studying in the United States.  Her American name is Mary Takeda.  During WWII, even though she was the mother of four young children, she sent Maruyama off on his escape without any complaint about her own fears, and evacuated with her children to Dalian to seek refuge.   After Maruyama’s escape (out of Manchuria), she protected her children with her strong determination and her love.

    Shinpo Hachiro (to be played by Taizo Harada)

    Due to his great confidence and genius as a businessman, he became the president of Shinpo-gumi, a construction company that had 17 branches throughout Manchuria.   In July, just before the end of the War, he was drafted into the Army in the desperate “uprooting conscription system”; upon learning of Japan’s defeat, he escaped from his army unit and returned to Anshan where his family awaited him eagerly.  Invited by Maruyama to join in his escape, his initiative and his material assets are indispensable in the escape effort. 

    Matsu Shinpo (to be played by Renbutsu Misako)

    Shinpo Hachiro’s wife.  Mother of two boys.  At one time, she becomes desperate, fearing that her husband’s escape had failed, but with encouragement from Mariko Maruyama, she carries on bravely as a mother.  While hiding her identity in Dairen, her true identity comes into jeopardy, but the Catholic Church in Dairen comes to her rescue by protecting her (and her family).

    Masamichi Musashi (to be played by Mitsushima Shinnosuke)

    An employee of Shinpo’s company, Shinpo-gumi.  Fluent in Chinese. And he is devoted to Shinpo.  Possessing a fair-minded character, he is called Wuzan (the Chinese reading of his name) and is adored by the native Chinese.  With his fluency in Chinese, he comes up with many clues for their escape.  Later, disregarding personal danger, he returns to Manchuria and is suspected as a spy and undergoes brutal torture and hovers between life and death.

    Ayao Kishimoto (played by Tsurutaro Kataoka)

    Chairman of Manchurian Steel Manufacturing.  A former Army four-star general, he became the mayor of Tokyo.  At the end of World War II, he strives to insure the safety of Manchurian Steel Manufacturing Company’s employees and their families, but is placed under custody of the Soviet Army and is later placed under arrest of the Communist Chinese Army.  When Maruyama reports his plans o escape to Kishimoto from Manchuria, Kishimoto recommends Shinpo as a co-conspirator.

    Shigeru Yoshida (played by Kenichi Hagiwara)

    A former deputy foreign minister and former Ambassador to Great Britain.  At the end of WWII, he was not a government official, but since his predecessor was removed, he filled the Foreign Minister’s position.  The next year, he became the Prime Minister.  Before the War, while he was the Ambassador to Great Britain, he came to know Maruyama while Maruyama was traveling throughout Europe.  When Maruyama appeals for the repatriation Japanese (from Manchuria), Yoshida advises Maruyama that, because Japan under occupation policies had no foreign diplomacy rights, Maruyama should rouse up grass roots support for his cause.  Yoshida gives support from the sidelines.

    OUTLINE OF THE DRAMA

     

    The former Empire of Manchuria under Soviet occupation.  With all assets confiscated, assaulted by pillaging and violence, and with all means of communication with Japan completely severed, the Japanese people were abandoned in desperate darkness.  Plotting to find a way out of the extremely desperate situation (in which approximately 2400 were losing their lives daily) were a few unknown ordinary citizens.  Kunio Maruyama (Seiyo Uchino) decides for himself that he himself needs to be the messenger who escapes to Japan to appeal about the desperate conditions and move Japan, and move the United States of America,  to action.  Maruyama was fluent in English.  Hachiro Shinpo (Taizo Harada) was an entrepreneur who had personal wealth.  Masamichi Musaahi (Shinnosuke Mitsushima) was an energetic young man fluent in Chinese.  The three that formed a team left their wives and families behind in Manchuria, and after overcoming several life and death situations, finally succeeded in their escape.  The three appealed for early repatriation directly to Shigeru Yoshida (Kenichi Ogihara) and to MacArthur, and the three made an appeal via radio for the urgent need for immediate repatriation, thus greatly rousing up the populace for action.  At long last, the repatriation of over one million Japanese left behind in Manchuria became reality.  In that number was Maruyama’s wife Mariko (Yoshino Kimura) as well as Shinpo’s wife Matsu (Misako Renbutsu).  However, hardly any Japanese left behind in Manchuria had any way of knowing anything about the three men who persevered so hard to save them.

     

    Seiyo Uchino’s Comments

    I did not know that, when Japan was defeated, such tragic conditions were taking place in Manchuria.  Or that there were those men who rose up to be saviors in those tragic situations.  In something as enormous as in the ebb and flow of history or in a superpower super nation, a single individual’s power may be miniscule, but the sense of justice and determination, as well as the ideal and dream of the man named Maruyama who rose to action – I feel that this will be a production from which I can receive an abundance of spirit.  In particular, I want to strive to make this drama to be realistic and vivid about an ordinary indistinct person who weaves a once in a lifetime drama adventure; with those deep thoughts, I want to give my all in my acting.    I ask you please to look forward to the two nights for this major production.

    Feature Drama: “A Country That Is Nowhere”

    (Japanese Title:どこにもない国)

    Broadcast Schedule

    Part 1:  March 24, 2018 (Sat.) NHK General Broadcast at 9 PM

    Part 2:  March 31, 2018 (Sat.) NHK General Broadcast at 9 PM

    Director:  Sumio Omori

    Origination:  From 満州 奇跡の脱出 

                            Escape from Manchuria) by Paul Kuniaki Maruyama

    Overall Production Coordinator:  Takashi Nakamura (NHK)

    • 05 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM

    Save the date:

    Kodomo no Hi: Children's Day

    Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Past events

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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