VOL. I, No, 1
SCHEDULED MAR. I-5
JOHN SAKAYAMA, chairman of the
14th Annual National JACL Bowling
Tournament, to be held in Denver,
at the Dahlia Lanes, 3300 Dahlia
St., on Mar. 1-5, 1960, announced
that more than 1,000 top Nisei
bowlers, including 70 from Hawaii
are expected to invade Denver for
the Nisei bowling classic.
IWA0 NISHIKAWA, 815 Irving St,
Denver 4, Colo., emphasized that
entries must be submitted on or
before Jan. 24, 1960.
JIM OTA has been named head of
the Mens Division, and MATS ITO
is in charge of the Women's Divi-
The tournament committee con-
sists of IWA0 NISHIKAWA, secre-
tary and JIM HANAMURA, treasurer
of the men's division; MARY HIGA,
secretary and TAY KONDO, treasur-
er of the womens division.
HOOCH 0KUMURA is compiling the
tournament booklet; FRANK SEHARA
is in charge of schedules.
JOHN NOGUCHI and SALLY SEHARA,
national JACL BOWLING Committee
members, are in charge of rules.
All bowlers participating in the
Nat'l JACL Bowling tournament are
required to be members in good
standing of the JACL. The Tour-
nament is sanctioned by the ABC,
as a closed franchise.
TOM HIRAOKA will handle tabu-
lations; and TOM HIKIDA and JIM
NAKAGAWA are in charge of score-
OSKI TANIWAKI HEADS
I960 MILE-HI JACL
OSKI TANIWAKI of 3055 Milwaukee St., Denver 5, Colo., FL 5-8218,
was elected President of the Mile-Hi JACL for 1960, and was installed
with members of his cabinet at impressive ceremonies
as 1960 officers of the JACL at the Inaugural Banquet
of the Mile-Hi JACL, anceed by BILL KUROKI, in the
Mural Room of the Albany Hotel, on New Year's five,
Dec. 31, 1959.
ELAINE S. KURITANI
ELAINE S. KURITANI, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kuritani,
winner of the 1959 MILE-HI JACL -
HARRY H. SAKATA MEMORIAL AWARD.
Elaine is a freshman at D.U.,
and plans to become a teacher.
She was an honor graduate from
Manual High School in Denver.
I960 OFFICERS OF THE MILE-HI JACL TAKING OATH OF OFFICE. Standing,
from 1. to r.: AMY UYEDA, v-p for membership; PRES. OSKI TANIWAKI
GENE IKEYA, v-p for membership; DR. BOB MAYEDA, v-p for public rela-
tions; YOSH ARAI, treasurer; SUE AKIYAMA, Y0 TANIGUCHI and JEAN SATO,
secretaries. (DR. MAS GIMA, v-p for program, absent.) MIN YASUI,
District Chairman of the Mountain-Plains JACL council, administering
the oath of office. Seated, in foreground, TOSH ANDO and TRUE YASUI.
ELAINE KURITANI of 3327 Gilpin St., Denver, was
named winner of the MILE-HI JACL HARRY H. SAKATA
MEMORIAL AWARD, as the most oustanding 1959 high
school graduate of Japanese ancestry in the Denver
Metropolitan area. GRACE BRANNON made the presenta-
tion of the Memorial Plaque awarded by the JACL, and
MARY SAKATA presented the winner a check in memory of the late Harry
H. Sakata. TOSHIO ANDO, as chairman of the awards committee, offici-
ated in the presentation ceremonies.
Retiring District Chairman of the Mountain-Plains JACL district
council, Y. TAK TERASAKI, introduced the more than 80 guests present.
AMY UYEDA, retiring recording se-
cretary of the Mile-Hi JACL for
1959 presented the pearl-studded
past president's pin to ROBERT Y.
UYEDA, retiring 1959 Mile-Hi JACL
Members of the retiring 1959
Mile-Hi JACL cabinet Included:
ROY NAGAI, v-p for program; the
late ZENSUKB KANEGAYE, v-p for
Membership; HENRY SUZUKI, v-p for
public relations; BONNIE YAMAMOTO,
EVELYN SUYEHIRO, AMY UYEDA, secre-
taries; KEN FUNAK0SHI, treasurer.
DR. AYAKO WADA was In charge
of the banquet, and BETTY SUZUKI
was program chairman. JOANNE YA-
MAGUCHI of Ft. Lupton, and BERKE-
LEY BRANNON, entertained with mu-
sical numbers during the program.
Newly-elected 1960 officers of
the Mile-Hl JACL are:
GEORGE KODAMA is arranging for
trophies; MEACH NOGAMI heads the
publicity committee; TOM MASAMORI
and TOM HIKIDA will act as offi-
MICHI IWATA and DON MIYAKE are
in charge of registrations. DR.
TAKASHI MAYEDA heads the mixer.
DR. BOB MAYEDA and TOM IOKA are
responsible for transportation
and housing. JOHN KAJIWARA heads
the mimeographing committee.
BOB NOGUCHI, CASEY HAYASHIDA,
TOM HASEGAWA and HARRY FURUKAWA
will handle ragtime doubles.
The Mile-Hi JACL is cooperat-
ing with the Bowling Tournament
committee, and will sponsor the
Awards Dinner-Dance to be held on
Sat. night, March 5th.
SUKIYAKI FOR DENVER?
GEORGE FURUTA, restaurateur
extraordinary, and formerly owner
of The Manchu Grill and The Seven
Seas in Denver, and now owner of
The Imperial Gardens in Los Ange-
les, was a recent visitor to Den-
While in Denver, Furuta met
with many old friends, including
KODY KODAMA, DR. HOWARD SUENAGA,
FRANK TORIZAWA, DAISUKE OKUNO,
DR. T. K. KOBAYASHI, TOSHIO ANDO,
DR. CHAS. FUJISAKI, ART YORIMOTO,
TAK TERASAKI, JAMES IMATANI, DR.
DICK MOMII, and many others.
FT. LUPTON JACL
GEORGE MATSUSHIMA, President,
and 1960 Ft. Lupton JACL officers
were sworn in at Inauguration ce-
remonies in Ft. Lupton on Jan. 9,
by TAK TERASAKI.
OSKI TANIWAKI. .
DR. MAS GIMA .
AMY UYEDA. .
GENE IKEYA .
DR. BOB MAYEDA .
YOSH ARAI. .
SUE AKIYAMA, .
JEAN SATO. .
YO TANIGUCHI .
. 1st Vice-Pres.
. 2nd Vice-Pres.
. 2nd Vice-Pres.
. 3rd Vice-Pres.
ALIEN ADDRESS REPORTS
Matsushima's cabinet consists
of TOM TOYA, 1st vice-president;
H. FUNAKOSHI, 2nd vice-president;
SHIGEKO YAMAGUCHI, recording se-
cretary; INA K0SHIO, correspond-
ing secretary; and HARLEY INOUYE,
Alien Issel are rmslnded to
file their Annual Addrese reports
before Jan. 31, 1960.
Failure to report can subject
the violator to fines end Impri-
sonment, as well as possible de-
According to reports, there
has been considerable interest
generated for starting a de-luxe
sukiyaki house In Denver.
Board Members are JIM KIYOTA,
YOSHIKO OKAMOTO, SAM FUNAKOSHI,
BILL HISAMOTO, JOHN KIYOTA, RO^
HORII and JACK TSUHARA.
Nisei are urged to remind pa-
rents and Issel friends who have
not been naturalized to file be-
fore the deadline date.
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Both are born with the poten-
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This particular endeavor, "The.
Mountain-Plains AJA News" setting
forth so courageously (foolhard-
ily might be more accurate) with
Min Yasui and his associates, is
limited in opportunity for growth
by its own peculiar scope. But
within the community it hopes to
serve it can become a familiar
visitor bringing news of organi-
zations and persons.
Over the years the pressures
that compacted the Nisei communi-
ty into a tightly-knit group have
eased. The "community" as such
scarcely exists any more. Each
of us, in pursuit of livelihood
and happiness, have gone our in-
But not all links have been
destroyed. The feeling of the
clan dies hard. Perhaps it is
the warmth that comes from shared
experiences, or mutual origins,
or maybe it's simply nostalgia.
But, the fact is, we're still
interested in what other Nisei
and their offspring are up to.
We are so intensely interested
that there's a need for a news-
paper of this kind.
In my time I've been midwife
at the birth of two newspapers.
Both served their purpose and are
now deceased. In this instance I
am merely an interested bystander.
But my interest is intense enough
to wish the M-P AJA News a long
and useful life.
It will enjoy a long and use-
ful life only so long as those
it serves support it.
THIS IS OUR NEW BABY!!! We anticipate "baby" to live a guaranteed
six months, or through the June, 1960 issue.
OUR PLEDGE TO YOU:
We unequivocally pledge that "The Mountain-Plains AJA News" shall
be published, initially, once a month for six months certain.
Complimentary issues for Jan. and Feb. are being sent to you, free
of charge. 1,000 copies per month are being prepared at a cost of
25c per copy, merely as an introductory.
ORDER YOUR COPIES FOR SIX MONTHS. .
With humility and a deep sense
of dedication, we assume the pre-
sidency of the Mile-Hi JACL for
the year 1960.
We know that the JACL has pro-
vided community service in this
area for many years past.
We hope you will instruct us to continue sending "The AJA News" to
you. Just fill out the convenient order form enclosed, and send it
along with a measly $1.00. You will then continue to receive the
next four issues, for March, April, May, and June, 1960.
It is our hope and purpose to
continue and to try to further
this record of serving the best
interests of persons of Japanese
ancestry in this area.
If we don't hear from you by Mar. 10th, your name will be regret-
fully dropped from the complimentary mailing list. You will receive
no more free issues of The AJA News from us, after the Feb. issue.
WHAT DO YOU WANT IN A NEWS BULLETIN? ? ?
Humbly, we ask your support
and cooperation. Without your
interest and help, ve cannot in
any way accomplish any of our
most cherished objectives.
Tell us what kind of a monthly bulletin you want! Personal col-
umns? News items? Vital statistics? Chit-chat? Or, what?
Our first goal is to sign up
not less than 600 manbers.
Deadline for "letters to the editor", and submission of materials
will be the 10th of each month.
If your organization wants club news to be publicized, or if you
personally hear of newsworthy items, send in news copy, or just tele-
phone us. Depending upon space, we shall try to print all the news.
Regularity of publication is essential, we believe. The Mountain-
Plains AJA News will be mailed by the 20th of each month. If you
don't get your copy by the end of the month, just holler!
FUTURE PLANS FOR THE AJA NEWS. .
During June, we leave on vacation to attend the National JACL Con-
vention in Sacramento, C lif. After we return to Denver, if there is
justifiable subscriber support for the AJA News, we may resume publi-
cation during the fall, again.
We shall consult with you, as to whether the AJA News can be pub-
lished on a permanent basis.
NEED FOR AN ENGLISH MONTHLY BULLETIN. .
We firmly believe that an English news bulletin, published on a
regular basis, is necessary and desired by persons of Japanese ances-
try in this region.
The Mile-Hi JACL Bulletin, which has been published on a volunteer
basis, now seems to have reluctantly breathed its last.
Dues are $6.00 for couples,
$3.50 individual, and $2.50 for
students and GIs.
Our next project is the Awards
Dinner-Dance for the Nat'1 JACL
Bowling Tournament on Mar. 5th.
We invite you all to attend this
gala affair. 0SKt TANIWAKI
The English section of the Colorado Times, according to all pre-
sent indications, seems permanently defunct.
But, we believe that there is still a need for an English language
bulletin, published on a definite and regular basis, in this communi-
ty. We hope to fulfill that need.
We even hope that we may be of some service to our English-speak-
ing AJA*s, and to the various organizations within our community.
We dream perhaps big dreams. We plan to publicize club news. We
want to publish columns of local interest from the various AJA com-
munities in this region. We believe we can be of service to this re-
And so, to this end, we dedicate "The Mountain-Plains AJA News."
JOHN NOGUCHI, Nat'l JACL Bowl-
ing Advisory committeeman, clari-
fied eligibility rules for Nisei,
ANY NISEI WHO IS A MEMBER OF
THE JACL FOR I960, AND IS A MEM-
BER OF THE ABC, MAY PARTICIPATE
IN THE 14TH ANNUAL JACL NATIONAL
BOWLING TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD IN
DENVER ON MAR. 1-5.
Noguchi advised that any Nisei
living in an area where there is
no JACL chapter may join the Mile
Hi JACL for $3.50.
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SCENES FROM JACL INAUGRAL DINNER
Mile-Hi JACL Prexy OSKI TANIWAKI delivering inaugural address, with
demure wife, GLADYS. Master of Ceremonies Bill Kuroki in background.
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will constitute transfer of all
property rights and copy rights
to The Mountain-Plains AJA News.
JOANNE YAMAGUCHI from Ft. Lupton
Master of ceremonies BILL KUROKI
AHY UYEDA presenting past presi-
dents pearl-studded JACL pin to
retiring president ROBERT UYEDA.
PROFESSIONAL AND lAwnttM
BUSINESS LISTINGS TOSHIO ANDO 1942 Larimer St. AC 2-5315
FRED S. KAWANO,
JOHN CHIKUMA, DDS Brighton 1131 19th St. KE 4-6359
75 So. 4th St. 560 LLOYD SHINSATO,
MAS GIMA, DDS 1639 Clarkson St. KE 4-8043
1404 E. 18th Ave. AL 5-6822 MINORU YASUI
MILTON HAYANO, DDS 1225 20th St. CH 4-2239
2103 Larimer St. MA 3-8166
MICHAEL T. HORI, DDS OPTOMSTPISTS
1211 E. 18th Ave, EA 2-8510 BEN MATOBA, OD MISA0 MATOBA, OD
T. ITO, DDS 1959 Larimer St. KE 4-1941
830 18th St. KE 4-8680
Y. ITO, DDS SUEO ITO, DDS CHARLES FUJISAKI, M.D. Brighton
S. ITO, DDS 40 No, Main St. 418
1477 Pennsylvania St. Dentists CH 4-6589 T. K. KOBAYASHI, M.D. DICK D. MOMII, M.D.
TONY KAWANO, DDS ALBERT NODA, M.D. KE 4-3104
1750 Humboidt St, KE 4-3084 1227 27 th St.
ROBERT MAYEDA, DDS HARRY KURACHI, M.D. Brighton
Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-6961 40 No. Main St. 418
TAKASHI MAYEDA, DDS TSURU T. OKAGAWA, M.D.
Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-6961 1848 W. 38th Ave. GL 5-8202
GENTA NAKAMURA, DDS ISAMU OEAMOTO, M.D.
Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-7498 Interstate Trust Bldg. TA 5-1596
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40 No. Main St. 1312 830 18th St. AC 2-1314
ihsuhmci M. GEO. TAKENO, M.D.
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Sponsor MARY SAKATA of Brighton congratulating ELAINE KURITANI, 1959
winner of The Mile-Hi JACL Harry H. Sakata Memorial Award.
BOB SAKATA and his charming wife,
JOANNA, enjoying MC's jokes!
Ditto, TOSH and MICHI ANDO, with
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MOUNTAIN-PLAINS A.J.A. NEWS
TURNVEREIN FEB. (3
DAVE FURUKAWA, president of
the NICC, announced that the An-
nual Sweetheart Ball will be held
on Sat., Feb. 13th, at the Denver
Turnverein, 1570 Clarkson St., in
BERNICE KOSHIO, Sr., at CSU,
is chairman for the annual event.
FLORENCE OZAKI of DU is the 1959
reigning Sweetheart Queen, and
her successor will be selected at
the Sweetheart Ball.
SAN LUIS VALLEY JACL
FRED HAYASHIDA of Blanca, was
elected president of the San Luis
Valley JACL for 1960.
The District Chairman for the
Mtn-Plains JACL attended the in-
augural dinner in Alamosa on Sat.
Jan. 16, 1960.
Past district representatives
to the San Luis Valley affairs
have been BILL HOSOKAWA of The
Denver Post, and TAK TERASAKI,
1959 District Chairman.
SCENES FROM CATHAY POST XMAS PARTY, DEC, I4TH.
Above: Santa Claus (BABE TAKEOKA) passing out gifts to the children.
Below: Children enjoying the cartoons, after their Christmas feast.
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KOSHIO, Miss Bussei of 1959 (Ft. Lupton); and PATTY TSUKAMOTO, Miss
Denver. Seated7, MISS BUSSEI OF 1960, RUBY SASA of Brighton, Colo.
MIKE TASHIRO, retiring presi-
dent of the Brighton J.A.A,, an-
nounced that the annual inaugural
dinner would be held at the Offi-
cer* s Club at the Rocky Mountain
Arsenal on Sat., Jan. 30th.
JIM TOCHIHARA, will head the
new 1960 Brighton J.A.A. cabinet.
SAM KOSUGE of 3210 W. Fairview
Place, Denver passed away on Jan.
1, 1960. He was an old-time pio-
neer in this region, and survived
by widow, SOME KOSUGE, and by 10
CAROL MIZOUE and DON FURUTA
were united in marriage on Dec.
27, 1959 at the CSMC by REV. PAUL
The bride was attended by MARI
KODAMA, matron of honor and IRENE
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