Oct
24
May 28

Shock Wave

  • Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum displays Japanese fashion during 80s - 90s.

On View Through May 28, 2017

Designers: Miyake Issey, Takada Kenzo, Yamamoto Kansai, Yamamoto Yohji, Watanabe Junya, and 

Colorado Voices from Japan featuring Professor Joyce Lebra
Jan
23
6:00 pm18:00

Colorado Voices from Japan featuring Professor Joyce Lebra

  • Denver Central Library
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Join Japan America Society of Colorado on Monday, Jan. 23rd from 6-7:30pm at the Denver Central Library in downtown Denver as we host David Wagner interviewing Professor Joyce Lebra about her new book We Chose Colorado: Japanese American Voices.
Her book traces oral histories of Japanese immigrants who settled in Colorado from the earliest pre-World War II arrivals and continuing to the present.

Professor Lebra received her PhD in Japanese History from Harvard/ Radcliffe and has received many awards and accolades throughout her distinguished career. She was also an early member of JASC!


David Wagner is a leading media and business communication consultant who splits his time between Denver and Tokyo.

Mr. Wagner and Professor Lebra have a long-standing friendship that will be evident when you see them interact at this event!


JASC is looking forward to hosting this insightful discussion.

Professor Lebra will be happy to sign copies of her book - please be sure to bring along your copy!


Please RSVP for this event by Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. 

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Your donation of $5-10 will help us defray the room rental costs for this event. 

Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

Invitation to Ikebana: Traditional

  • Denver Botanic Garden

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster & assistant Lois Krause. Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

Price: $44, $39 members, $15 materials fee included

Special Instructions:

Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5” diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Film:  Persona Non Grata
Feb
16
7:45 pm19:45

Film: Persona Non Grata

Persona Non Grata

Director: Cellin Gluck
2016/Japan/139 minutes

Narrative/History/Japan/Holocaust

Japanese, English with English Subtitles

The audacious true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination gets a sweeping, big-screen treatment in the epic biopic Persona Non Grata.

Tracking events from 1934 to 1955, the film follows Chiune Sugihara from his early days in Manchuria to his posting as Japan’s consul in Lithuania during WWII. Caught amid the rigid policies of Japan, now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany, and his moral awakening, Sugihara put career and family at great risk by issuing transit visas to imperiled European refugees – assisting more than 6,000 Jews to escape to Japanese territory.

Handsomely mounted by Japanese-American director Cellin Gluck, Persona Non Grata is long overdue recognition of Japan’s Schindler, the only Japanese recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government and honored at Yad Vashem. –Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Persona Non Grata has screened at Jewish film festivals and film centers in Atlanta, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Southern California.  Colorado Premiere.

Mar
11
2:00 pm14:00

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

  • Denver Botanic Gardern

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster & assistant Lois Krause. Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

Price: $44, $39 members, $15 materials fee included

Special Instructions:

Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5” diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.


JASC's Passport to Japan Part TWO
Jan
9
6:00 pm18:00

JASC's Passport to Japan Part TWO

In the Part 2 class, the teacher WILL NOT review basic Japanese pronunciation, basic greetings and introductions, or simple sentence format.  No writing will be taught,

This cross-cultural focused class will build upon the topics introduced in Part 1, and will continue with

  • Work / Company relationships
  • New regions of Japan
  • Life in Japan
  • Anime
  • Verb conjugations
  • Counting and counters - specifically for shopping and ordering
  • Travel-focused vocabulary

Class will meet on MONDAY evenings from January 9 through March 13 - no class on Jan. 16 or Feb. 20;   

8 classes, 2 hours each from 6pm to 8pm (16 total hours of class time)

Class will be held at Sakura Square - Mezzanine Room - entrance located on Larimer between 19th and 20th (next to eye doctor)

Free parking for class participants in Sakura Square garage.

$220 / JASC members

# of People Registering

 

$240 / General public

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Dec
19
6:00 pm18:00

JASC Young Professionals Event

  • Davis Graham & Stubbs (Conference room)

Registration has closed.  Please email info@jascolorado.org if you would like to be added to the waitlist in case of cancellations.

Please join us for a FREE fun evening dedicated to engaging new YOUNG PROFESSIONALS in the community who are interested in Japan America Society of Colorado.

The Art of Furoshiki

The Art of Gift Giving ... Japanese Style

Japanese Food

Networking

Cultural Demonstration

Furoshiki purchase optional ($12) or feel free to bring your own for hands-on learning!

 

Thank you to the

Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

for making this event possible!

 

 

Dec
13
7:30 pm19:30

George Takei's Allegiance on Broadway

Inspired by the true life experience of its star George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes), Allegiance follows one family's extraordinary journey in this untold American Story. 

movie will be presented at

Denver Pavilion

Bel Mar 16

River Point 14

Aurora 16

Colorado Mills 16

Greenwood Plaza 12

Westminster Promenade 24

Highlands Ranch 24

Orchards 12

Crossroads Mall

Castle Rock 12

Dec
4
Dec 8

Miyazaki's Spirited Away - 15th Anniversary - in theaters!

Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away will have a special showing in theaters nationwide for 2 days only in celebration of its 15th Anniversary!!

On December 4 they will present the English dub and December 5 the original Japanese w/ English subtitles. ALSO some theaters present the movie again on December 8th original Japanese w/ English subtitles.

There are a number of theaters in Colorado that will be playing the film (list copied below).

Colorado Theaters screening Spirited Away 15th Anniversary Dec 4th/5th

Tinseltown Pueblo

Cinemark Carefree Circle withIMAX

Highlands Ranch 24

Westminster Promenade 24

Cinemark Greeley Mall

Aurora 16

Bel Mar 16

Denver Pavilions 15

On December 8th

Denver Pavilions

Westminster Promenade 24

Highlands Ranch 24

Orchard 12

Southlands 16

 

Additionally, after the feature the never before released short film Ghiblies: Episode 2 will screen for the first time in North America.

Some more information can be found on the website, and tickets can be available here. The Facebook event is here.

Nov
4
4:00 pm16:00

Conversation with a Curator:From the Fire

  • Denver Art Museum

Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed.

Meet at 4 pm in the elevator lobby of level 5 of the North Building

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.

 

 

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

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!!

 

 

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.