It’s time to usher in happiness and good luck for the new year and get those bad spirits to leave! The Denver-Takayama Sister City Committee invites you to a Celebration of Setsubun 2014! When: February Learn more
The Takayama Committee has started a reading group reading Japanese authors in translation. The first meeting will be Oct. 8, 2013 at the home of Jackson Turnacliff at 7:00. Please email Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and/or to let him know you are coming. Learn more
Get a Taste of Takayama at Denver’s Sister City Celebration. Join us for special flute group performances. When: Saturday, September 28th, 2 PM and 3 PM Where: The Denver Pavilions in the courtyard near 16th St, Mall. Sponsored by: Learn more
The Denver Takayama Sister City Committe invites you to join us for a celebration of TANABATA. FLYER In Japan, Tanabata festivitals celebrate the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to Japanese legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, who are allowed Learn more
I have spent wonderful time here in Denver. That is because many people supported me to spend nice time here. I came here January 15th as City employee Oversea Dispatching program. I stayed in Denver until March 14th. I have worked in various Learn more
Celebrate the Festival of Setsubun! The Denver Sister Cities-Takayama Committee will celebrate the festival of “Setsubun” on Tuesday, February 12, 2012 at Sonoda’s Japanese Restaurant, 3108 S. Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014. The event will begin at 6:00pm with a symbolic bean throwing. Learn more
11/02/2012 Japan Imperial Decoration The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays Conferred Upon Ms. Kimiko SIDE Former President of Japanese Association of Colorado The Consulate-General of Japan in Denver is pleased to announce Learn more
The Denver Sister Cities-Takayama Committee is celebrating the festival of “Setsubun” as their first event of the new year. The celebration will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Sonoda’s Japanese Restaurant, 3108 S. Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014. Learn more
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- Takayama is located in central Japan in the Gifu prefecture of the Chubu region.
- With almost 100,000 residents, the city is known for its breathtaking carpentry.
- It is believed that the city’s carpenters also helped with more famous structures like the Imperial Palace.
- The history of Takayama dates back to the prehistoric age. Many ancient peoples lived there, evident by the great number of relics and remains of the Stone Age that have been excavated in the city.
- After the Reformation of the Taika (645 A.D.), the imperial governor was sent to that part of the country. The people there were very poor at that time so the government classified this area as a low-class district in taxation. The government then ordered the inhabitants to go to Nara, the capital at that time, to serve in the compulsory labors. Because of their skill in working with wood, Takayama residents built the imperial temples and shrines. As time went on, these people became known at “Artisans of Hida” for their skill in construction and sculpture.
- The birth of modern Takayama dates from the Muromachi Period (1504 – 1520 A.D.) when one of the powerful families built a castle on the top of Shiroyama HIll and ruled the area.
- By the government of Kanamori family, which lasted for 107 years, the present structure of the town was formed by putting the political, economic and cultural systems in order as a center of the administrations of the region. This was a culturally-minded family who encouraged the artisans to make various handcrafts. Their skillful technology continues to receive high praise today.
- In 1936, the town was reorganized as a municipality and in 2007, by the last annexation of nine towns and villages, Takayama became the largest city in Japan by area.
- Japan has been at the forefront of thinking of beneficial, peaceful, and mutual relationships, like the ones through Sister Cities International.
- In 1960, Takayama became Denver’s second sister city, after an invitation carried by Tomatsu Muayama of the Japan Times in Tokyo.
- Suprisingly, Denver and Takayama have much in common, from tourism as an important industry, to geographic similarities such as mountains, rivers and hot springs.
- Since the official affiliation, the cities have participated in many exchanges between high school students, business executives and delegates.
- There have been cultural collaborations like the 1994 joint concert between the Takayama Wind Orchestra and the Denver Municipal Band. The concert demonstrated that music is an international language and won a Sister Cities International award.
- Another award-winning collaboration was during the 1981 International Year of the Disabled Persons, including all the visits and celebrations that resulted from the program.
- Student exchanges continue with Denver hosting a delegation of students from Takayama one year, the following year a delegation of Denver students travel to Japan. In 2014 we will be sending a group of students to Japan with 5-6 days of homestay in Takayama included in their time there.
- The Takayama committee also plans adult trips to Japan. The goal is to make this an annual event beginning in 2014!
- In addition to student exchanges, there have been exchanges between musical groups, medical professionals and business representatives. This is an excellent venue for sharing cultural and professional knowledge!
- In 2012 the Takayama committee received a Kaiser Permanente Grant to send tsunami victims to visit Takayama and meet with five DSCI students as well as local students.
- The Takayama committee also sponsors many cultural events, like celebrations of Setsuban, Tanabata and a Shinnenkai (New Year’s gathering) .
- The Takayama committee has also participated in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Denver.
- The City of Takayama park is located at Cherry Creek Drive North and South Colorado Boulevard.
City of Takayama website:
City of Takayama website (English version):
Website for the most recent adult trip to Japan (2011):
Website for the most recent student trip to Japan (2012):
Chair: Steve Comstock
Secretary: Gail Jackson
Treasurer: Jim Tait