• 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.