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Events & Programs

Children's Day, Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Free Event of the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado!


Children of all ages are invited to participate in various Japanese activities. All craft supplies will be provided.

CRAFT ACTIVITIES -Origami (Art of Paper Folding) -Shuji(Calligraphy) -Koinobori (Carp Making) -Manga, Anime -Koto (Japanese Musical Instrument) -Kendama -Darumaotoshi (Traditional Japanese games)

DEMONSTRATION ACTIVITIES -Gala Fashion Show* -Martial Arts Demonstration * If possible, please dress your child in kimono, yukata, or even martial arts uniforms so they can participate in the GALA JAPANESE FASHION SHOW!

Click here for a flyer.

Event is made possible by a generous donation from Yamato Corporation. Sponsored by JASSC and the German, Russian, and East Asian Languages Dept. (GREAL) of Colorado College.

Camp Amache Pilgrimage, Saturday, May 17, 2014

AThe Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs and JASSC are sponsoring a charter bus trip to Granada, CO to visit the site of a WWII internment camp (“Camp Amache”) for U.S. Citizens of Japanese descent.

The Annual Camp Amache Pilgrimage is a day to remember those of Japanese descent who spent more than three years imprisoned on the plains of southern Colorado. Efforts have been made for a number of years to preserve and restore this infamous page in Colorado & U.S. History.

The day’s events are as follows:

6:30 a.m. Parking/Registration at Young Life Center, 420 N. Cascade Avenue

7:00 a.m. DEPART ON TIME!

8:30 a.m. Arrive at Senior Center, La Junta CO for restrooms/snack & coffee

11:00 a.m. Arrive in Granada CO
Memorial Service, Amache Cemetery
Lunch at Granada High School, arranged by Amache Preservation Society Program, Museum Tour, Camp Tour

3:00 p.m. Estimated departure for return trip

6:30 p.m. Estimated arrival at Young Life Center, Colorado Springs

Other sponsoring organizations include the Japanese American Association of Colorado (Denver) and Friends of Amache (Amache Preservation Society, Amache Historical Society, and the Amache Club).

Registration deadline is May 2, 2014. Please click here for the registration form:
HPA GranadaFieldTripRSVPForm2014.pdf

The cost of the entire day, including bus fare, morning coffee/snack, lunch and activities will be $40/ person for current HPA and JASSC members, and $45/person for guests.

Escape From Manchuria Book

Our past president, Paul Maruyama, has written a book, Escape from Manchuria which we invite you to purchase and read. It is a compelling story. You can buy the book in either hardcover or paperback at Amazon or at iUniverse.

So, what is the book about? Quoting from the press release: "In the closing days of WWII, the Soviet Union attacked and occupied Japanese-controlled northern China, then called Manchuria. Immediately, misery and death from cold, hunger, disease, and brutality descended upon the Japanese civilians at the hands of the Soviet Army and revenge-seeking mobs and bandits. Nearly 2,500 Japanese died daily.

"Three courageous men embarked on a secret mission and escaped to Japan to eventually bring an end to the Manchurian nightmare. In Escape from Manchuria (published by iUniverse), Paul K. Maruyama, Lt. Col., USAF (Retired), the son of one of the three men, narrates for Western readers the compelling true story of the rescue and repatriation of nearly 1.7 million Japanese that began almost a year after the surrender of Japan."

You can find this fascinating book at, or contact the author directly. The discounted price of the book is $23 for softcover and $33 for hardcover. You may contact the author at or call at 719-266-5625.

Asian Cooking Classes

Our Cooking Classes combine the flavors and techniques of Japan/China/Hawaii. Taught by members and invited chefs. Classes are held every two months.
Classes meet at 11:00 AM on a Saturday. Each class costs $5 for Members and $20 for Non-Members. Limit: 15 participants.

Please direct RSVPs and questions to LaRae Maruyama
at: or by phone at
266 5625.
The number of participants is limited.

Japanese Language Classes

We offer beginner, intermediate, advanced, and business Japanese classes. Classes are usually group lessons to facilitate conversation and interaction. Please contact each teacher about the schedule and textbook.

Teacher's Name Location Email
Atsuko Lindsey NW
Kayoko Jennings Briargate

For information and enrollment, please contact: Kayoko Jennings at

Japanese Calligraphy (shodō) Classes


Japanese calligraphy classes are available now. You will learn the artistic writing of the Japanese language with ink. For information and enrollment, please contact: Atsuko Lindsey at

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Updated on 22 July, 2013