Kite Making Workshops
Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

Kite Making Workshops

Thank you to our Kite Workshop & Festival Partners!

Both morning and afternoon sessions are sold out.  Thank you!

Be sure to join us in the park on SUNDAY for the Kite Flying FUN!!

 

 

Oct
8
Oct 9

Denver Taiko 40th Anniversary Concert

  • Newman Center for Performing Arts

Denver Taiko is a community based, non-profit 501c3 organization committed to honoring and sharing Japanese drumming through performance and providing an engaging creative outlet for those with interest in the art of taiko.

Denver Taiko is celebrating their 40th anniversary with two concerts - please join them!

University of Denver’s Newman Center

Saturday, Oct. 8th at 7PM

Sunday, Oct. 9th at 2 PM

General admission is $25 per person

Student/Senior are $18

More information may be found at http://www.denvertaiko.org

Purchase tickets at http://www.newmantix.com

History of Kimono
Oct
19
12:00 pm12:00

History of Kimono

Image above: Geisha and Attendant in snow by  Kitagawa Utamaro  1790s. (taken from Geisha Beyond the Painted Smile, edit. the Peabody Essex Museum. Salem: Geroge Braziller, Inc., 2004)

Image above: Geisha and Attendant in snow by  Kitagawa Utamaro  1790s. (taken from Geisha Beyond the Painted Smile, edit. the Peabody Essex Museum. Salem: Geroge Braziller, Inc., 2004)

Japan America Society of Colorado member, Dr. Hiroko Johnson, will host this lecture about the History of Kimono.

Originally an imported fashion from China, made popular by courtesans (who wore their under clothing as fashion, just like Madonna!), kimono have evolved to become the iconic dress of Japan.  Follow the development of design, uses, style and decorative techniques in kimono with Dr. Hiroko Johnson, Professor Emeritus and Lecturer in Japanese Art History, San Diego State University.   

 

Dr. Hiroko Johnson is an art historian specializing in Japanese art history. She received a PhD from the University of Southern California and was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Tokyo in Japan. She specializes in Asian art and brought Japanese culture to her students by taking them on annual study tours to Japan. Currently an Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University, she received the Most Outstanding Faculty Member award in 2011. In San Diego she is on the board of the Japanese Friendship Garden and has co-curated the woodblock prints collection of the San Diego Museum of Art. She has numerous publications in both Japanese and English, including a monograph titled "Western Influences on Japanese Art: the Akita Ranga School and Foreign Books" in which she introduced the West to the Akita Ranga Art school, Japan's first art school to apply the Western painting techniques in Japan.

 

 


Sep
26
12:00 pm12:00

JASC Member Meishi Exchange - business luncheon

Calling all JASC members and friends!

Please join us for a casual lunch on Monday, September 26 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.  We will meet in the conference room at Davis Graham and Stubbs - 1550 17th Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80202.  Box lunch will be served.


We will welcome Mr. Yusaku Hayashi - author and expert on Kyoto's 100-year old companies will make a presentation entitled:

Shinise: Embracing tradition and innovation in long-lived Japanese companies

In Kyoto there are over 1,200 businesses that have been in existence for over 100 years - and a large number that have existed for more than 300 or 400 years!  This is a phenomenon that occurs extremely rarely around the world. 

So what is the secret to these Kyoto companies? 
What can we learn from them for our own future? 
How can this teach us about business practices in Japan today?

Come and join us - and meet other JASC members!

Come and join us - and meet other JASC members!

Lunch registration has closed.  If you wish to join us and skip the lunch, you may register for $5 admin fee

# of attendees with no lunch

Special thanks to

University of Northern Colorado,

Dr. Keiko Krahnke, Associate Professor of Management and

Chair of the Department of Management,

Montfort College of Business,

for making this program possible!

John Marshall discusses Japanese textiles
Sep
21
12:00 pm12:00

John Marshall discusses Japanese textiles

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Denver Art Museum

Sponsored by: Rocky Mountain Weavers' Guild

No charge

 Meet John with his Japanese textile collection in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio 10-11:30am, 1:30-2:30pm

 12:00pm Lecture - The Discerning Eye: A Collector's Guide to Japanese Textiles

Denver Art Museum, North Building, Lower Level

Join us for a lively discussion with John Marshall as he shares tips and insights for fully appreciating the Japanese textiles in your collection. He will be presenting an amazing array of samples illustrating the many ways to determine which textiles are "real," which are based on an appreciation of the traditional technique, and which are simple fakes intended to deceive. With over forty years of experience in the field of Japanese textiles, John will be sharing a wealth of knowledge to help you in determining which of the limitless range of textiles available on the market will be the best investment for you.

DENVER - Cinema Kabuki "The Tale of Bunshichi -Theatrical Play"
Sep
20
7:00 pm19:00

DENVER - Cinema Kabuki "The Tale of Bunshichi -Theatrical Play"

Run-time: 87 minutes

Showing at Fries Theatre, Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206)

$7.50 JASC members, Students and Seniors (+65)

$10.00 General Public

This event made possible by generous support from Japan Foundation Los Angeles and Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Story: Chobei is a very skilled craftsman and has many loyal customers but is about to be broke because of his love of gambling. His daughter Ohisa has decided to help her father by selling herself to the Yoshiwara brothel.  The mistress of the brothel was moved by Ohisa’s plea and urges Chobei to give up gambling.  She lent Chobei the money so he can pay off his debts, but says that for the time being, Ohisa will work for a servant, and if Chobei loses the money or spend it gambling, Ohisa will have to be a prostitute.  On the way back home with the money, by the river Chobei encounters a young shop clerk about to commit suicide.  Chobei tries to persuade him not to die, but the young man called Bunshichi says he has lost the large amount of money he collected for his master and has no choice but to die.  Bunshichi lost the exact amount money that the mistress lent Chobei.  So, Chobei, saying that no amount of money can buy a human life, and forces Bunshichi to accept the money and ran away…

What is Kabuki?  Kabuki is a style of Japanese theater that originated in the 17th century and is still performed in Japan today. Kabuki is known for the elaborate makeup and costumes worn by its actors. It is a combination of dance and a theatrical play. The development of the art form was influenced by both the Japanese society and government of the Edo period (1603 to 1868).

What is Cinema Kabuki?  Live productions, featuring some of today’s greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in cinemas around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.

 

BOULDER - Cinema Kabuki "Sagi Musume"
Sep
13
7:30 pm19:30

BOULDER - Cinema Kabuki "Sagi Musume"

Run-time 31 minutes

Free Admission.  No registration needed!

Showing at Muenzinger Auditorium, CU Boulder. 

This event made possible by generous support from Center for Asian Studies CU Boulder, Japan Foundation Los Angeles., and Shochiku Co., Ltd.

What is Kabuki?  Kabuki is a style of Japanese theater that originated in the 17th century and is still performed in Japan today. Kabuki is known for the elaborate makeup and costumes worn by its actors. It is a combination of dance and a theatrical play. The development of the art form was influenced by both the Japanese society and government of the Edo period (1603 to 1868).

What is Cinema Kabuki?  Live productions, featuring some of today’s greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in cinemas around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.

Sagi Musume: Featuring Kabuki’s greatest female role, this is the classic dance story of Sagi Musume (The Heron Maiden): The resentful spirit of a heron, who, having assumed the form of a young woman, falls in unrequited love with a man. Five costume changes take place as, before our eyes, we see the heron take the form of an innocent young girl and then an older and more experienced woman. In the end, she is wounded, and, having resumed the form of a heron, dances out her death throes.

Taste of Japan at Sushi Bistro Tasuki
Aug
11
5:30 pm17:30

Taste of Japan at Sushi Bistro Tasuki

JASC's Summer Taste of Japan will be held at Sushi Bistro Tasuki in Boulder! 

We will have Chef Nobu san's Omakase (Special) Dinner for $30/member, $35/general public.

*Vegetarian or gluten free will be available.  Please make request when you sign up.

SOLD OUT.   Thank you!

Aug
10
8:00 pm20:00

Japanese musician and visual artist Cornelius Live Performance

Japanese musician and visual artist Cornelius will have his live performance at 8 pm on August 10, 2016 at Gothic Theatre (3263 S Broadway Englewood, CO 8011). 日本のビジュアル・アーティスト兼ミュージシャンのコーネリアス(小山田圭吾)さんが8月10日にゴシックシアターでライブパフォーマンスを行います。
Ticket information(チケット情報)Click here.  

Jun
19
11:00 am11:00

2016 Cherry Blossom Denver Festival -Sakura Matsuri

Saturday June 18, 2016  Sunday June 19, 2016  Free admission.  JASC will have our booth for both Saturday and Sunday.  Please contact us: info@jascolorado.org or 303-592-5364 if you would like to volunteer at JASC booth. 

For the festival details, click here!

Jun
2
6:30 pm18:30

The Evolution of Japanese Armor from the Kofun to Edo Periods with Douglas Wagner

  • Denver Art Museum

Lecture: "The Evolution of Japanese Armor from the Kofun to the Edo Periods" by Douglas Wagner, Curatorial Assistant in the Asian Art Department of Denver Art Museum.

JUNE 2, 2016, 6:30-8pm, Reception to follow.  For the details, click here.
At Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum.
No charge, but reservations suggested. RSVP: online or call 720.913.0040
Questions: email blittle@denverartmuseum.org or call 720.913.0040

May
25
12:00 pm12:00

Geisha and Concubines with Dr. Hiroko Johnson

At Lower Level Lecture Room, Denver Art Museum North building

This event is sponsored by Asian Art Association.  

Students/Teachers $5, DAM members $7, General Public$10

For tickets, click here.  For the details, click here.  Phone number/email for questions: 720-913-0040   blittle@denverartmuseum.org

Dr. Hiroko Johnson, JASC member,  is an art historian specializing in Japanese art history. She received a PhD from the University of Southern California and was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Tokyo in Japan. She specializes in Asian art and brought Japanese culture to her students by taking them on annual study tours to Japan. 

May
21
6:30 am06:30

2016 Amache Pilgrimage

Each year our friends at the Japanese American Association of Colorado organize a pilgrimage from Denver/Arvada to the Amache Museum and Cemetery site in southern Colorado.

Buses will pick up attendees from either Simpson United Methodist Church in Arvada at 6am or Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple in Denver at 6:30am.

Reservations for this bus must be made in advance!  Cost is $30/person.  Contact Hiroko Hung or Frank Miyazawa.  Reservations details are in this pdf flyer.

Lunch will be at Granada Undivided high School.  Dinner and overnight accommodations are also available.

 

May
5
6:00 pm18:00

Passport to Japan - Learn the really important Japanese

Passport to Japan: Japanese language, culture and travel lessons for anyone planning a visit!

Registration closed.  Thank you!

This class, taught by Junko Goodwin, will focus on basic Japanese knowledge centered around traveling to and within Japan.  

The class will cover greetings and basic mannersintroduction to Japanese writing systemtransportation in Japan (From airport to hotel and traveling within Japan), shoppingeating out, different Japanese foods and festivals in Japan

The last class on May 26 will feature a lesson while eating Japanese food and practicing what you have learned in class!

Grab a friend, plan a trip, and learn everything you'll need to know.  Beginners are most welcome!

Dates and Times: Six evenings on May 5, 9, 16, 19, 23 and 26 from 6:00 pm ~7:30 pm

Place: Sakura Square Mezzanine Room, 1905 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202

Entrance is on Larimer Street between 19th and 20th next to eye doctor’s office.

Fee: $115 for JASC members

$140 for general public

*Please register by April 30, 2016. 

*Beginners are welcome! 

 

 

Children's Day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Apr
30
9:00 am09:00

Children's Day at Denver Botanic Gardens

  • Denver Botanic Gardens

Come and visit Japan America Society of Colorado as we celebrate International Children's Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens with a Japanese Children's Day and Cultural display!

 

Apr
12
6:30 pm18:30

Lethal Beauty: Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor

  • Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum's Asian Art Association welcomes Andrea Marks.

Helmet in dragonfly shape, 17th century, iron, lacquer, wood, leather, gilt pigments, silk, papier-mâché. Minneapolis Institute of Art. The James Ford Bell Foundation Endowment for Art Acquisition and gift of funds from Siri and Bob Marshall 2012.31.1a-c.

Helmet in dragonfly shape, 17th century, iron, lacquer, wood, leather, gilt pigments, silk, papier-mâché. Minneapolis Institute of Art. The James Ford Bell Foundation Endowment for Art Acquisition and gift of funds from Siri and Bob Marshall 2012.31.1a-c.

Japanese suits of armor stand out among the armor of other world cultures because of their flashy, colorful appearance and exquisite design. The armor most often seen in exhibitions or auctions ranges in date from the 16th to the 19th centuries. During this time a large industry of samurai-oriented crafts catered to a significant part of Japanese society.

This lecture by Dr. Andreas Marks, Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, will focus on the design of suits of armor and will especially address helmet forms and often found elements like demonic Chinese lions. Reception following.

Doors open at 6 pm

Free admission; but make a reservation before 4 pm on April 7.

For details, email Blittle@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0040.

Sponsored by the William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment.

Apr
1
6:30 pm18:30

Taiko , Koto Performance in Grand Junction

  • WESTERN COLORADO CENTER

April’s First Friday reception is a celebration of Japanese art and culture, devoted exclusively to Treasures from the Floating World, the first exhibition of the Center’s Japanese Art collection.

The evening will begin with a concert by Denver ensemble Taiko with Toni, led by Toni Yagami. In traditional costume, using taiko drums, various hand percussion, bamboo flutes and the koto (Japanese harp), Toni and her troupe delight audiences all over Colorado with the festival (Matsuri) sound of Japan. Koto musician Miwa Steuben has performed traditional Japanese string music since she was a child and holds a teaching certification from the Somei Ongakukai in Tokyo, Japan. Following will be refreshments and a tour of the exhibition with the Art Center’s Curator for anyone who is interested. The collection belonged to local couple Mai Nagatomo and Bill Robinson. Robinson left the entire collection to the Art Center upon his passing in March 2015.