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

    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 05 May 2019
    • Online

    Registration is now open for the Manjiro/Whitfield Grassroots Summit and will close on May 5, 2019. This is the earliest they have opened registration, and there is a limit to 100 guests, so register soon. 

    • 04 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Colorado College

    JASSC Children’s Day Festival, Kodomo no hi

    Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

    Place: Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College, 14 E Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO  80903

    Cost: No cost, open to the public

    Information: Annual event sponsored by Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado. Crafts, activities and demonstrations, family event. Volunteers needed, donations welcomed.

    Contact: Kaori Katsumata

    kaorikat820@hotmail.com, 719 205-8691

    • 11 May 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • US Air Force Academy Base Exchange

    Come to the US Air Force Academy Base Exchange and have your book ("Escape from Manchuria") signed by the author and our former JASSC president, Paul Maruyama.  If you don't have the book, they will be available for purchase at the book signing.

    Much has happened since Paul's book was published in 2010.  As you may know, a two part TV drama (on NHK or Japan Broadcasting Corporation) based on his book aired last year (3/21 and 3/24, 2018) has been highly acclaimed and won a major TV award.  As a result, his father's hometown in Nagano will be building a statue to honor his father.  The statue will be dedicated in 2020.  

    The most  important reason for writing his book has always been to inform the world about the courageous actions of three unknown Japanese men who brought about the rescue and repatriation of 1.7 million Japanese civilians.  They were stranded in Manchuria at the end of WWII under brutal Soviet occupation.  An equally important purpose for writing his book has always been to inform the world about the benevolence and magnanimity of the U.S. Occupation Forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur who brought about the return of the utterly helpless Japanese civilians.  These civilians, trapped in Manchuria, were dying at the rate of 2,500 per day due to hunger, cold, and murder by Soviet troops.  It is Paul's firm conviction that the benevolent actions towards these helpless civilians, resulted in the friendship and trust that exist today between Japan and the United States.  

    Paul's book (which has been translated into Japanese) has gained some notoriety in Japan but, unfortunately, is barely known in the U.S.  So, please come to this book signing and help proliferate this courageous story to the U.S. audience.

    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 01 Jul 2019
    • Hyogo-Himeji, Japan

    The 29th Japan - America Grassroots Summit 2019 in Hyogo - Himeji, Japan.

    An intercultural event to make new friends. See and learn the historical sights and events in Hyogo. Come and join to communicate with the people, and experience Japanese culture through visiting families in Hyogo as a guest. Regardless of age, occupation, and language level, many people participate to make new encounters through this program every year. 

    Application is limited to the first 100 participants on a first come first serve basis. So, hurry now!

Past events

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
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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