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

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • Nagano, Japan
    Dear Friends:

    This is Paul Maruyama in Colorado Springs, Colorado, praying that  everyone is staying safe in these strange times as the Coronavirus dramatically disrupts our lives in every way possible!

    I am sending this message (in English and in Japanese) to all my friends whom I may have informed regarding the planned unveiling of the statue of my father (1903-1981) in Iiyama City, Nagano, Japan, on June 13 of this year. The City of Iiyama (my father's birthplace) in Nagano (which sent, and lost,  more pioneers in Manchuria during World War II than any other prefecture in Japan)  is recognizing and honoring the actions of three Japanese men (led by my Dad) who escaped from Soviet-occupied Manchuria to bring about the rescue and repatriation of over 1.7 million Japanese civilians trapped under Soviet occupation in Manchuria, thanks to the efforts of U.S. Occupation Forces under the command of General MacArthur.  Today, I received a message that the planned June 13 unveiling is officially postponed and that it will take place later this year on November 7 (Saturday) and the statue will be place in front of Iiyama Station. The statue has been completed for some time (see attached photo).

    My wife LaRae and I, along with my siblings and their children, our grandchildren, and many friends, had made plans to attend the unveiling ceremony which was to have been in June. I know that several of you also indicated you may attend, and if so,  I wanted to let you know without delay that the unveiling ceremony has been postponed to November 7. If that date is still convenient for you and you can attend the unveiling as planned, I and all my siblings will be most honored by you attendance!!

    The statue has just been completed and I am attaching a photo of it just received from Nagano.  

    In case this message to you arrives as a surprise, please accept it as simply informational.   But I wanted to make sure that anyone who might have been making plans to attend the unveiling, or who may have been wondering about the status of the unveiling ceremony, is made aware of the postponement.  

    If I can answer any questions on the above subject, please feel free to contact me.  I just want to make sure that, if you have made flight to or hotel reservations in Nagano for June, you are made aware of the postponement.  Please stay safe in these unusual times!!

    We pray for your good health and safety!

    Paul K. Maruyama

    13060 Penfold Drive

    Colorado Springs, CO 80921







    Paul K. Maruyama

    13060 Penfold Drive

    Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA

Past events

07 Mar 2020 Hina Matsuri
29 Feb 2020 JUMP Inaugural Event
16 Feb 2020 Mile High JACL’s Day of Remembrance
25 Jan 2020 2020 Mochitsuki
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 Yoshitomo Saito: “Millionyearseeds”
29 Apr 2018 Chiho Aoshima: “Takaamanohara”
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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