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VOL. I. No, 5
DENVER. COLORADO
MAY 1960
DENVER NISEI
BOWLING ASSN.
DINNER- DANCE
JOHN NOGUCHI, President of the
Denver Nisei Bowling Association,
will act as Toastmaster for the
annual DNBA Awards Banquet, to be
held in the Silver Room of the
new Hilton Hotel in Denver, Colo*
on Sat* night, May 28th*
TATS IWAHASHI has been named
general chairman for the Dinner*
Dance program*
Friends and the general Nisei
public are invited to join the
Bowlers for their Annual Dance*
Emmett Taylor's Orchestra has
been obtained for the dance which
will commence at 9:30 p.m*
Dance tickes are available at
$3*00 for couples, and $2.00 for
stags* Tickets may be obtained
from any DNBA official, or at the
door*
Further information concerning
the DNBA annual affair may be ob-
tained from SALLY SEHARA, secre-
tary of the Assn., AM 6-1731, or
MA 3-1806*____________
HOSOKAWA COVERS
SUMMIT MEETINGS
BILL HOSOKAWA, Asst* Managing
Editor of the Denver Post, cover-
ed the Big Four Summit Meeting in
Paris, France as one. of the 3,000
accredited foreign correspondents
at this historic international
conference, beginning May 16th.
HOSOKAWA flew to Paris by jet
via Air France on May 9. He is
expected to return after the end
of the Big Four meeting*
QUEEN KIKU
Beautiful, lovely and gracious
KIKUYO KATHLEEN ITO, daughter of
Atsuyo Namba, reigned as Queen of
the Senior Prom at Cathedral High
School, in Denver, Colorado, on
May 6th*
Following her graduation from
Cathedral High in June, she plans
to enroll, this fall, at either
Colorado University in Boulder,
or at Colorado State College in
Greeley. She plans to major in
speech therapy,
KIKU ITO is a native Califor-
nian, and came to Colorado as an
evacuee baby in 1942*
3WW
Wfa/s-
T & \V) H0n0R,nc 0URniia war dead"
S\ FAinmounT ceitietew
m*V 30, I960
u/.oo noon
SPOnSOflEO BV THE CATHAY POSTERS AftlERKfUl LECIOfl
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES
SPONSORED BY CATHAY POST
COMMANDER BEN MURAKAMI of Cathay Post #183, American Legion, will
head the AJA community services at Fairmount Cemetery on Manorial Day,
May 30th, at 12:00 noon, to honor the Nisei war dead of this area*
YOSH ARAI is coordinating the memorial ceremonies program, with
BABE TAKEOKA and HARRY SHIBAO making necessary arrangements at Fair-
mount cemetery* JOHN NAKASHIMA, immediate past commander, acted as
--- general chairman. TOM MASAMORI
ISSEI APPRECIATION
handled public relations and pub-
licity.
DINNER POSTPONED
HENRY SUZUKI, Chairman for the
Issei Appreciation Dinner, origi-
nally scheduled by the 1960 cabi-
net for Apr. 3rd, and later post-
poned to June 5th, announced that
the Issei dinner has again been
postponed indefinitely, probably
until fall of this year*
Friends and relatives of the
Nisei war dead of this area are
requested to assemble near the
southeast corner of the cemetery,
by the crematorium at Fairmount
Cemetery by 12:00 noon*
The tentative program for the
Memorial Day Ceremonies will be:
Although the Mile-Hi JACL had
intended to coordinate with the
Colorado Nikkei-Jin Kai in con-
nection with the 100th Anniver-
sary of Japan-America diplomatic
relationships, PRES. F. E. HAYANO
of the Nikkei-Jin Kai indicated
that a joint celebration will not
be held.
Finance Chairman YOSH ARAI,
announced that approximately $500
has been raised towards the Issei
Appreciation Dinner*
JOANNE YAMAGUCHI
ORATORICAL WINNER
PRESIDENT OSKI TANIWAKI of the
Mile-Hi JACL presenting the Ora-
torical Contest Winner's Certifi-
cate to JOANNE YAMAGUCHI of Fort
Lupton, Colorado*
MISS YAMAGUCHI will represent
the Mountain-Plains JACL District
at the National JACL Oratorical
Contest in Sacramento, Calif*, on
June 30, 1960 at the 16th Bienni-
al Nat'l JACL Convention*
POSTING OF COLORS Color Guard
INVOCATION .Chaplain Hagiya
NATIONAL ANTHEM, Tom Masamori
ADDRESS. Commander Murakami
MUSICAL SELECTION ......... TSBC
BUDDHIST CHANTS Rev. Y. Tamai
Rev. N. Tsunoda
PRAYER, CSMC. .Rev. J. Fujita
MUSICAL SELECTION CSMC Choir
WREATH-LAYING CEREMONIES:
CATHAY POST .
CATHAY AUX*
BRIGHTON JAA. .
BUDDHISTS, TSBC .
COLORADO ASS'N. .
METHODISTS, CSMC.
MILE-HI JACL. .
MTN-PLAINS JACL .
FIRING SQUAD .
* MOMENT OF SILENCE *
"TAPS". .... Allen Nitta, and
Ronald Sakayama
ADJOURNMENT
Gold Star Mothers, or rela-
tives, needing transportation,
were requested to contact Cathay
Post as soon as possible.
Ben Murakami
Iris Nakagawa
Jim Tochihara
. T. Mayeda
Harry Matoba
Kinji Kanda
Oski Taniwaki
Minoru Yasui
Cathay Post
WE SHALL CONTINUE!.':
Altho we shall incur a deficit
of about $300 for the first six
months of operations ( which we
anticipated), and altho we have
only 468 paid subscribers, WE ARE
RESOLVED TO CONTINUE PUBLICATION
OF "THE MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS"
ON A PERMANENT BASIS.
After the June, 1960 issue, we!
will take a two-months' break, toi
attend the Nat'l JACL CONVENTION;
in Sacramento, and we shall re-
sume publication in Sept., I960.
Our subscription rates will be
$5.00 per year, or $3.00 for five
months* A handy subscription en-
velope is enclosed for your con-
venience.


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MOUNTAIN*PLAINS AJA NEWS
MAY 1960
CSMC FOOD BAZAAR: MYF girls in kimonos, left to right, SUMI FUJITA,
JANICE AOYAGI and MICHI KURAMOTO, serving REV. PAUL HAGIYA, general
chairman GEORGE FUJIMOTO, and REV. JONATHAN M. FUJITA.
GEORGE FUJIMOTO headed the An-
nual CSMC Food Bazaar held May 14
at the Church, with the entire
membership assisting.
ROY NAGAI and HENRY HOSHIKO
were in charge of tickets; KANA
YORIMOTO, MARY KURITANI and JEAN
FUJIMOTO headed the Food Commit-
tee; MRS. T. OKA and MRS. E. FU-
JITA, represented the Issei lad-
ies; FRANK UYENISHI was general
treasurer; TOL TAKAMINE was in
charge of general arrangements;
HENRY HOSHIKO headed ticket sales
and JOE ARIKI was in charge of
the Sunday School volunteers.
All affiliated organizations
of the church, and the entire
membership cooperated in assist-
ing to serve an estimated 2,000
people, and in making this affair
a tremendous success.
CSMC BASEBALL
GEORGE GOTO heads the Athletic
Committee for the CSMC, and an-
nounced that turn-outs for hard-
ball are being held every Sunday,
after Church at 1:00 p.m., on the
Smiley Jr. Hi grounds.
HARRY ARIKI has been named as
Head Coach, with BEANS YAMAMOTO
assisting in coaching duties.
Other church men helping are
MEACH N0GAMI, KEN KURAMOTO, MAS
NONAKA, SAM INAI and PAUL FUKUMA.
A practice game has been held
with the Bussei, but more boys to
play ball would be welcome.
ASO MOVES TO CANADA
REV. GEORGE S. ASO, Pastor of
the Japanese 7th Day Adventist
Church of Denver, was recently
transferred to Toronto, Canada.
He was accompanied by Mrs. Aso
and two daughters, GRACE and ES-
THER. He also has two sons, BILL
who is a student at the College
of Medical Evangelists in Los An-
geles, Calif., and JERRY, a juni-
or, and Vice-Pres. of the student
body, at Union College in Lin-
coln, Nebraska.
young adults elect
The Young Adults of CSMC held
their election last month, with
the following results:
President:. KEN NAMBA
1st V-PreSo o o o .TOSH KUMAGAI
2nd V-Pres. .... BOBBY FUJI0KA
Secretary JULIA KAMURA
Treasurer 0 BESSIE KAMURA
The new counselor of the young
adults will be YOSHIE M1Z0UE.
WSCS OFFICERS
New Officers of the WSCS of
CSMC for 1960-61 are:
President...........A1K0 MINAGA
Vice-President ..... AMY D0I
Secretary...........TERU AOYAGI
Treasurer..........MAY MURAKAMI
Special committee chairmen for
the WSCS appointed were:
Program.............HELEN GOTO
Social Relations MARY TAKAMINE
Students ......... RUBY SAKAYAMA
Children .............T0MI ITO
Special Life NANETTE OKADA
Literature ......... TAE TOSONO
Education.........YOSHIE HAGIYA
FORMER CSMC PASTORS
MEET AT CONFERENCE
REV. GEORGE UYEMURA and REV.
MASAJI GOTO, both formerly of the
California St. ME Church, and the
SUPT. TARO GOTO of the Methodist
Churches were among many honored
at a luncheon held during the
General Conference of the Metho-
dist Church recently held in Den-
ver.
MARY KURITANI and KANA YORIMO-
TO were in charge of the luncheon
which was held at the Cameo Room
of the YWCA.
REV. SEIJIN HIGA, Okinawa's
only delegate to the General Con-
ference visited in Denver with
REV. JONATHAN M. FUJITA of the
CSMC, a long-time acquaintance of
Rev. Mr. Higa.
TSBC FUJI MATSURI
Co-Chrmn Mines. H. OKADA and
N. TSUN0DA, will be in charge of
the FUJI MATSURI, to be held at
the TSBC, Sunday afternoon, May
22nd, from 1-5 p.m.
The Fuji Matsuri program will
be on Japanese culture, and will
feature obi-tying and kimono-
dressing, tea ceremony, Japanese
calligraphy, Japanese odori and
music, colored slides on Japan,
and flower arrangements.
DOROTHY FUJINO will act as
Mistress of Ceremonies. Exhibit
Chairmen are MARY TOKUNAGA, YO-
SHIK0 OKAMOTO, MARGARET MIYASAKI
and CHIY0 MAYEDA.
Entertainment will be under
the charge of TSUGI MURATA.
Obi-tying will be demonstrat-
ed by KAZUKO YONEHIRO; flowers
will be arranged by MARY DOIDA;
BEN HARA will exhibit bonsai;
TAKIN0 TAKAMATSU will conduct
the tea ceremonies.
Stage managers are TOM K0SHI0
and GEORGE 0M0T0.
In charge of costumes are FLO-
RENCE NAKATA, YOSHIKO SASAKI, T0-
RAY0 KONISHI and TSUGI MURATA.
Refreshments will be served,
with HELEN NITTA, chairman, as-
sisted by TAYEKO TAGAWA, BETTY
YANARI, CHIY0 KANEMOTO, LOUISE
OTA, and GRACE MOTOYOSHI.
FLOYD K0SHI0, AMY TSUMURA and
KAY MURA are in charge of invi-
tations and programs. KAZ SAKA-
MOTO heads the general arrange-
ments committee, and publicity
is handled by IRENE NAKATA.
Usherettes will include ROSE
HASEGAWA, JUNE TSUMURA, ELAINE
KURITANI, MITSU YOSHIDA, JANET
OKAMURA, TAMIKO KUSUMI and LOIS
TAN I.
TAKAMINES CELEBRATE
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
ARTHUR F. TAKAMINE (76) and
SHIGE TAKAMINE (73) of 3001 Ivan-
hoe St., celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary at a large
party at the Tri-State Buddhist
Church, April 24, I960.
Rev. TAKEO AGATSUMA, husband
of Mr. and Mrs. Takanine's oldest
daughter, MARY, coordinated the
party with the help of the sons,
TOL, RICHIE, and TERRIE. Another
daughter, FUM1 MARIAN of Chicago,
Illinois was unable to attend the
celebration.
Mr. and Mrs. Takanine have 13
grandchildren.
VITAL STATISTICS
EN0M0T0, Mr. & Mrs. Wilson
1909 W. 38th Ave. BOY
HIRAMINE, Mr. & Mrs. Kizo
2826 Curtis St. GIRL
FUSHIMI, Mr. & Mrs. Taka
8600 McDougal St. BOY
IKEYA, Mr. & Mrs. Frederic
1527 Harrison St. BOY
0KUB0, Mr. & Mrs. Henry
4102 Westoainster Ave. BOY
OZAMOTO, DR, & Mrs. Isamu
1625 Yates St. GIRL
SHIBA0, Mr. & Mrs. Chas.
775 S. 3rd, Brighton GIRL
WATANABE, Mr. & Mrs. Shozo
3340 W. Iowa Ave. BOY
OBITUARIES
KIYOMATSU MASUDA, 1923 Lari-
mer St., passed away during Apr.
1960. Father of George and Ben
Kawashima, Mary Wada; father-in-
law of Mayme and Joan Kawashima,
Kiyoshi Wada. Survived by 11
grandchildren and 5 great-grand
children. TSBC, 4/27/60.
KINHICHI SHIGEMURA, 1043 So
Quitman St., also passed away
during April, I960.
MR. NA0JIR0 TANAKA, father of
AMY MIURA of Denver, passed away
March 25, 1960 in Osaka, Japan.
He was 90 years of age.
JACL BENEFIT
RAISES $250
The Mile-Hi JACL staged a suc-
cessful "Family Night" on May 7th
at the TSBC, with DR. MAS GIMA,
program chairman, in charge.
Treasurer YOSH ARAI reported
that approximately $250 was rais-
ed towards the Issei Appreciation
Dinner.
Grand Prize winner was TOM MA-
SAM0RI, and the full publicized
award was later made. MASAMORI
donated $75 back to the JACL.
Donors for the JACL's "Family
Night", whom the JACL gratefully
thanks, were:
CASH DONORS:
Ben's Market
Bob's Upholstery
Doi Pharmacy
Downing Auto
Frank's Market
Dr. Mas Gima
Harrys Sprouts
Dr. F. Hayano
Kawano Jewelry
Dr. Tony Kawano
Dr. T. Kobayashi
Lafayette Market
Lucky Market
Dr. Bob Mayeda
Dr. T. Mayeda
Minute Auto
Dr. Dick Momii
Dr. Albert Noda
Harry Osumi
Dr. 1. Ozamoto
Park Cleaners
Dr. Geo. Takeno
20th St. Cafe
Dr. Mike Uba
Dr. Ayako Wada
During the ceremony, which was
conducted by DR. K.K. MIYAMOTO,
the events of the lives of the
Takamines were recounted in Japa-
nese by MASAICHI OTSUKI and MASA-
EMON TERASAKI.
Approximately 400 well-wishers
attended the party. Traditional
Japanese music and classic dances
were parts of the ceremony and
party.
MERCHANDISE DONORS:
American Potato
Granada Fish
Dahlia Lanes
Harry's Flowers
Ideal Pharmacy
Joe's Jewelry
Kobun-Sha
Oriental Art
Osakaya
Pacific Merc.
Rocky Mtn Drugs
Sarge's Pharmacy
Swansea Drugs
T. K. Pharmacy
Kojima's Universal Electronics
Kuramoto Texaco York Texaco
Nome Rexall Drugs


MAY 1960
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
PAGE 3
I5iu ANNUAL N.I.C.C.
The 15th Annual Nisei Intermountain Collegiate Conference voted to
NICCer of the Year
DAVE FURUKAWA
Recognitions committee chrmn
GENE MIYAZAUA (left) presenting
the "NICCer of the Year" Award to
DAVE FURUKAWA, retiring president
of the 15th Annual NICC.
FURUKAWA, a graduating senior
at C.U., has accepted a position
as a Chemical Engineer with the
Bureau of Reclamation in Denver,
following his graduation.
become the INTERMOUNTAIN COLLEGIATE
Denver, Colo., Apr. 22-24, I960,
The new I,C,S, will be led by the
1960-61 Pres. RICHARD YAMAGUCHI,
of C.U., and his new cabinet off-
icers.
The NICC was originated during
1946, when Nisei college students
were having some difficulties at
various campuses in this region,
TSUNEKO TOKUYASU of CSCE assisted
by KATHERINE KAWAMURA of CU form-
ed the first NICC in Denver, at
the old Barnes School of Commerce
on 15th St,
With problems of discrimina-
tions against AJA's diminishing,
and realizing that only a handful
or NISEI will be hereafter at-
tending colleges, the students
resolved to change the organiza-
tion' $ name.
However, the ideals and pur-
poses of the ICS will carry out
the original objectives of the
STUDENTS at its conference held in
NICC: "To promote friendships
between students", and "to more
adequately prepare ourselves for
school and comnunity life."
In keeping with this purpose,
NANCY TANAKA headed the seminar
sections, with JOE ARIKI in the
field of education, HARRY OKUBO
in engineering, and DR. JERRY AI-
KAWA for medicine assisting stu-
dent discussion leaders MIKE HO-
SOKAWA in education, CARL YORI-
M0T0 in engineering, and LILLIAN
KAWAMOTO in the medical field,
and RICHARD YAMAGUCHI in general
discussions. FLO MIYAKE made the
report in Education.
Judges for the Oratorical Con-
test were MICHI ANDO and DR. MAS
GIMA.
Judges for the "NICCer of the
Year" award were DR. AYAKO WADA,
LARRY TAJIRI and BOB UYEDA. They
indicated that RICHARD YAMAGUCHI
was an extremely close second.
GENE AMOLE
Genial GENE AMOLE, owner of
Radio Station KDEN, was the prin-
cipal speaker at the banquet of
the NICC, held Apr. 23, in the
Ranch Room of the Albany Hotel,
in Denver, Colorado,
Speaker AMOLE reminisced over
his long and warm acquaintance-
ship with persons of Japanese an-
cestry, and emphasized that AJA's
have the opportunity to contri-
bute to American culture by pre-
serving the good aspects of their
Japanese heritage.
NICC BASKETBALL TROPHY WINNERS, from left to right: BOB WATADA, CU,
holding Consolation Trophy; MIKE H0S0KAWA, CSC, with Runner-Up Trophy;
HOWARD TAGAWA, CU Extension, with Championship Trophy; Queen DIANE FU-
JIEKI, holding Outstanding Player Trophy awarded to HOWARD TAGAWA, and
KEN NAMBA, Athletic Chairman for the NICC, who conducted tournament.
1960-61 INTERMOUNTAIN COLLEGIATE STUDENTS cabinet officers being sworn
into office by Mtn-Plains JACL Dist. Chrmn, Min Yasui, from left to
right: Treasurer BOB WATADA, CU; Athletic Chrmn RICHARD YOSHIDA, CU;
Publicity Co-Chrmn HARRY HARADA, CU and AMY SASAKI, CSU; Social Chrmn
JOANNE YAMAGUCHI, CU; 1st V-Pres. BOB FUJIM0T0, CU; I.C.S. President
RICHARD YAMAGUCHI, CU; 2nd V-Pres, FLORENCE K0SHI0, CSU; and Corres-
ponding Secty DIANE FUJIEKI, CSC.
The 15th Annual, and the last NISEI INTERMOUNTAIN COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE, held in Denver, Colorado, Apr. 22-24, 1960. Delegates from the various
colleges in this region voted to change the name of the organization from the N.I.C.C., ( because there are only a handful of Nisei who will be
attending colleges in this area) to the INTERMOUNTAIN COLLEGIATE STUDENTS (I.C.S,). The new I.C.S., still concerned with the problems of college
students of Japanese ancestry or Oriental background, will continue student activities under the leadership of RICHARD YAMAGUCHI, ICS President.


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MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
MAY 1960
MTN- PLAINS AJA NEWS
Published once a month. Mailed
by the 20th of each month.
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
MINORU YASUI
1225 20th Street,
Denver 2, Colorado.
CH 4-2239 ra 2-9255
*******
BUD UCHIDA.............Heads
ROSA ODOW............Artist
TOM MASAMORI. .Photographer
TRUE YASUI. .General Factotum
What you look like does make a
difference. Especially if the
viewer is not well-informed.
Take the case of Kofi Badu,
Ghana newspaperman, who had the
misfortune to be photographing
Denver's Union Station at the mo-
ment police were subduing a drunk
in front of it.
Kofi Badu, in the words of a
police captain, looked like a
"nigger with a goatee" a cha-
racter from Five Points. So he
was hustled into a paddy wagon
and rushed to headquarters altho
no one seemed to know what the
charges were.
Kofi Badu identified himself
to newspapermen and told his sto-
ry. A wave of indignation caused
the police to discipline the cul-
prits and the City to apologize.
It was just Mr. Badu's ill luck
to look like a Five Points beat-
nik, a class for which the police
have no love.
Or take the case of Mike Emi-
zawa, which is more amusing and
less disturbing than that of Mr.
Badu. Mike is the Manchuria-born
Japanese student who helps handle
things out front at Trader Vic's
restaurant. He likes to wear his
hair fairly long on top and at
the sides.
This, no doubt, is one reason
why customers, well filled with
drink and fine food, and feeling
at peace with the world, bid Mike
on the way out a kindly "Buenos
.noches, senor!"
A long time ago, before Little
Rock became a dirty word, I hap-
pened to be in that then-peaceful
Arkansas town. Being short on
funds, I rode streetcars instead
of taxis. There were signs, pro-
minently posted, which instructed
colored persons to stay in the
back of the tram cars.
By all standards, I'm of the
colored race. But the conductor
didn't know that. Because of his
ignorance, I passed for white.
HONORING OUR STUDENTS
We are thrilled and proud, as tho the outstanding Sansei students
pictured in this issue, were our own children! Our congratulations to
these fine young people, and especially to their parents!

Due to inadequate finances,
the Mile-Hl JACL will not be able
All of the high honors that they are winning are not only for them-
selves and their immediate families, but reflect to the credit of all
persons of Japanese ancestry in this region. And, we bask in their
reflected glory!
Ue realize that we cannot possibly enumerate and single out all AJA
individuals who have attained distinguished honors in school, at work,
or in their lives, but we would like to extend as much praise and en-
couragement as we possibly can.
Public acclaim of such achieve-
ments may stimulate our younger
Sansei to do even better!
However, sadly to say, unfor-
tunately, there is the other side
of the coin. The prospect might
be dismal, if ignored.
Of late, we are becoming more
and more aware of occasional, but
as yet infrequent, Japanese names
in the delinquency and police re-
cords, in our larger metropolitan
areas.
Perhaps, as Harry G. Matoba,
as an official of the Nikkei-Jin-
Kai, suggests we need to car-
ry out an active, positive pro-
gram for ALL of our young people.
Any suggestions?
CADET WINS MEDAL
COLORADO-
GIRLS' STATE
JOYCE 0KAM0T0, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. SAM 0KAM0T0, of Ft. Lup-
ton, won designation as a Girl
Stater at Fort
Lupton High, and
was elected Head
Girl for I960.
Joyce was se-
lected by the
American Legion;
Auxiliary to re-
present FLHS at
the 13th Annual
Colorado Girls
State to be held
at the CWC camp-
us in Denver, on
June 16-22.
Joyce Okamoto
to stage the long-
planned Issei Appre-
ciation Dinner, on
June 5th, as last
scheduled.
However, with the
enthusiastic support
of JACLers, we are
hoping to raise $1000
to invite ALL Isseis
over the age of 65,
in the Denver metropolitan area,
to an impressive banquet, as a
token of our sincere appreciation
for all their sacrifices for us.
We hope to re-schedule this
event for sometime later during
the fall season. Please watch
for announcements.
During the spring season, and
before we get too far into summer
we hope to hold at least one gen-
eral membership meeting, and plan
for a Community Picnic.
AMY UYEDA and GENE IKEYA are
winding up our annual membership
drive. We have 464 members to
date, and hope to top 600 before
May 31st. If you haven't signed
up yet, please contact any cabi-
net officer or the JACL Office.

TANIWAKI
RONALD YAMAMOTO, an R0TC Cadet
Major at Manual High School, was
awarded the Bronze Medal of the
Army-Navy Legion
of Valor for his
outstanding ser-
vice in school,
and his scholas-
tic achievement.
The Army-Navy
Legion of Valor
is composed of
winners of Con-
gressional Medal
of Honor, Dis-
tinguished Ser-
vice Cross, or
the Navy Cross.
Yamamoto
Ronald is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. DICK YAMAMOTO, 2541 Curtis
St, in Denver, Colorado.
only a single B
SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
KAY MURA, 2nd ranking Manual
Hi senior, with
marring her oth-
erwise straight
A record, won a
4-year $1450.00
scholarship to
Pomona College
in California.
She has been
named outstand-
ing girl student
of Manual High,
and will be hon-
ored at a Pan-
hellenic Society luncheon feting
18 girls in the Denver area.
Key Mvru
First alternate is HAZEL WATA-
DA. The girls were selected on
the basis of leadership, charac-
ter, scholarship and cooperation.
Joyce was also elected Head
Girl of Ft. Lupton High, running
against Sandra Scott and Hazel
Watada. __________
MONTANA:
GIRLS' STATE
CAROL K0YAMA,
and EMI K0YAMA of
was elected one
to the American
Legion sponsored
Montana Girls'
State to be held
in Bozeman, Mon-
tana during the
first week of
June.
Carol is also
Pres, of the Fu-
ture Homemakers
of America, and
is state conven-
tion delegate of
her chapter.
daughter of TOM
Hardin, Montana
of the delegates
WHBm
f /
S ~ ** f
C arol
Koyama
Moreover, Carol is treasurer
of her National Honor Society at
Hardin High, during her second
year; is a Student Council offi-
cer; has been active in the cho-
rus; is assistant editor of the
high school paper; was in the ju-
nior class play; a member of the
prom conmittee; and is also the
Pep Club secretary this year.
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MAY 1960
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
PAGE 5
OMAHA JACL
The Omaha JACL sponsored a be-
nefit performance of "The Magni-
ficent Seven" during May,
Omaha JACLers HARRY WATANABE,
ROY HIRABAYASHI, TAK MISAKI, KAZ
TAKECHI, GEORGE SHIMADA, ROBERT
NAKADOI, and FRANK TAMAI were es-
pecially cited for their gener-
our contributions to the welfare
of AJAs in the Omaha area,
Prexy MIKE WATANABE and past
Pres, KAZ IKEBASU are publishing
the Omaha JACL Bulletin, with the
help of JACLers in Omaha, Nebr.
Messrs. K. ANDO and S. FUJII
are convalescing from their re-
cent illnesses,
DR. ROBERT KAGAWA is interning
at the Boys1 Town Hospital. His
brother, DR. TOM KAGAWA is pract-
icing dentistry; and another bro-
ther, WILLIE KAGAWA will graduate
from the Creighton Dental School
in June.
EM NAKADOI was featured speak-
er on "Fashions" at the 4th An-
nual Tech High School career day.
EMIKO WATANABE, R.N., after an
absence of a year and a half, is
nursing at the Methodist Hospital
in Omaha, Nebr,
e MIKE OSHIMA is assistant fire
chief of the Boys' Town Volunteer
Fire Department.
RONALD NEYT, membership chair-
man, reported that the Omaha JACL
had 122 paid-up members by May 1.
1000 Club Chairman ROBERT NAKADOI
reported Omaha has six lOOOers,
K. PATRICK OKURA was named as
Chairman of the Chapter Planning
Committee. He is also Chrmn of
the Nat'l JACL Planning Comm.
BOB NAKADOI was named Chrmn of
the Omaha Scholarship Committee.
JEFFERY SHIMADA, 8th grader at
Tech Jr. High, won an award from
the Rotary International.
CAROLYN KAYA, frosh at Tech
Hi, and ROBERT ZAIMAN, soph at
Central Hi, were elected to their
student councils as officers.
DON KUROISHI and STEVE TAKECHI
made Tech His golft team.
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KEN and FUMI YABE were honored
at a Silver Anniversary dinner,
hosted by Mr. & Mrs. ALEX KURI-
TANI, upon the occasion of their
25th Wedding Anniversary during
April. The couple were gifted
by friends with a 8 pc Noritake
dinner set.
Newly-naturalized US citizens
during Apr. 1960, included KUNI-
AKI OZAKI, 17, 2714 Larimer St.,
Denver; SHIGEKO SCHEET, 1540 Ames
St., Lakewood; CHIKAKO DOLEZAL,
Colorado Springs; SETSUKO WRIGHT,
Pueblo, Colorado.
KATSUMA SAKAI, and family, in-
cluding two sons, KATSUTOSHI and
MASASHI SAKAI, recently arrived
from Ehime, Japan to work for The
Colorado Times, on a permanent
visa. Atty Yasul indicated that
the application for permanent re-
sidence was almost three years in
processing.
EDDIE MAYEDA tied for first in
the pole vault event, and DOUGLAS
UYEMURA took a first in the 880-
yard run, to help East Hi capture
the Championship in the Denver
Prep League track and field meet
on Color Day, May 13th. ED tied
with Harvey of Manual to estab-
lish a new meet record of 12 feet
8 3/4 inches.
The Kamloop Fishing Club of
Denver held its kick-off dinner
for the season at the New China
Cafe on May 18, with DR. THOMAS
K. KOBAYASHI presiding.
HENRY MATSUMOTO is operating
The Kearney Gardens, dealing in
vegetables and flowers, at Kear-
ney and E. Colfax Ave. in Denver.
e ELAINE KURITANI, winner of the
1959 JACL-HARRY SAKATA Memorial
Award, who is now a freshman at
Denver University, was elected to
the freshman honorary Alpha Lamb-
da Delta.
TED SAITO, past NICC prexy and
CU student, is represented at the
"Own your Own" show at the Denver
Art Museum, Living Arts Center.
He exhibited a painting (sold),
and a sculpture during May. At
present, he is teaching at Thorn-
ton Junior High, but planned to
enroll at U.S.C. in Los Angeles,
this fall to study for his Mas-
ter's degree in Fine Arts, and to
possibly teach in California.
LORRAINE YOSHIMORI, CU student
from Hawaii and RICHARD MIYAHARA,
of Denver, have announced their
engagement. No wedding date has
yet been set.
FT. LUPTON
Two of the 4 students earning
straight A's at Ft. Lupton High,
during the past school term, were
GLENICE MURATA and JOYCE MURATA,
daughters of Mr. & Mrs. LEE MURA-
TA of Ft. Lupton.
PERRY MURATA was named one of
the alternates to Boys' State to
be held at Colorado University on
June 11-19 from Ft. Lupton High
School.
Sansei holding offices at the
Ft. Lupton High School include
GORDON KOSHIO, president of the
Senior Class, and HAZEL WATADA,
president of the Junior Class.
AJA's on the Ft. Lupton athle-
tic teams included GORDON KOSHIO,
EVERETTE WATADA, KEITH OKAMOTO,
MARVIN KONISHI, JOHN FUJII, and
DICK URANO in football; while in
basketball, GORDON KOSHIO was on
the "A" team, and KEITH OKAMOTO
and PERRY MURATA were on the "B"
team. In wrestling, EUGENE WATA-
DA, RON MURATA, EVERETTE WATADA,
and DICK URANO were team members.
CATHY TSUHARA was one of the
Queen candidates recently for a
high school ball.
FLORENCE KOSHIO WINS
RECOGNITION FOR FT. LUPTON
Ft. Lupton High School receiv-
ed an Award of Merit in recogni-
tion of the scholastic achieve-
ment^ of a 1957 Ft. Lupton High
graduate, FLORENCE KOSHIO, who
has earned an excellent record
at Colorado State University.
Ben Counter, representative of
CSU alumni association, made the
presentation at a recent assembly
of the school, stating, "In high
school, Florence showed outstand-
ing scholarship, leadership, and
cooperation. She has continued
her fine performance in college,
and it is our desire to recognize
this achievement. "
The CSU Award of Merit pre-
sentation was made to Florence's
father, FLOYD KOSHIO, who is also
a member of the Ft. Lupton School
Board.
BRIGHTON BOWLERS
CHAMPION BOWLING TEAM of the Mix-
ed Brighton J.A.A. bowling league
accepting trophy, from left to
right: HENRY MORIMITSU, MILDRED
TOCHIHARA, Earl Ainsworth acting
for sponsors, CAPT. WES KOYANO,
and ROSE TANABE. The champs were
sponsored by the Adams County Co-
op during the past season.
Officers for the Brighton JAA
League for the forthcoming year
were feted at the Installation
and Awards Dinner-Dance held at
Che Officers Club, Rocky Mountain
Arsenal, on Apr. 16, and were:
President: ........... HARRY IDA
Vice-Pres.............JOE SASAKI
Secretary. ..... MARY SAKATA
Treasurer. .... CHUCK MIZUNAGA
TOSH TASHIRO acted as Toast-
master, and DR. JOHN CHIKUMA in-
troduced guests and the sponsors.
DON TANABE spoke briefly as the
out-going President. ALLEN UYEDA
and ROSE TANABE received achieve-
ment awards.
CALENDAR
Of Coming Events
Mr. and MRS. MICKEY TAKESHITA,
the former CAROL YANO who attend-
ed CWC, were the recent proud
parents of a baby boy, TIMMY MI-
CHIO, bora on May 3, I960.
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May 22: (Sun) FUJI MATSURI, at TSBC 1-5 pm, program on Japanese culture.
May 28: (Sat) DNBA AWARDS DINNER- DANCE, Silver Room of Hilton Hotel. Dance from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
May 29: (Sun) MILE HI GOLF CLUB, Match Play Tourna- ment at Willis Case and City Park.
May 29: (Sun) CSMC INSTALLATION OF ALL OFFICERS, service at CSMC, 11:00 a.m.
May 30: (Mon) MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES at Falrmount Ceme- tery, sponsored by Cathay Post* Noon.
June 5: (Sun) TSBC APPRECIATION FOR REV. YOSHITAKA TAMAI. 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. pot-luck, TSBC
June 12: (Sun) CSMC SUNDAY SCHOOL'S PICNIC. (Place and time to be announc- ed by JOE ARIKI.)
June 18: (Sat) CATHAY POST BENEFIT at 2015 Market St., commencing 8:00 pm.
June 28- July 3: NAT'L JACL CONVENTION Sacramento, Calif.
July 17: (Sun) 0-BON FESTIVAL, TSBC, street dancing on Lawrence Street.
July 23: (Sat) DENVER YBA, Mid-Sum- mer Dance at TSBC.


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MAY 1960
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
PAGE 7
BRIGHTON
* SAM SASAKI was named Head Boy
at Brighton High School for 1960.
CAROL IMATANI was one of the can-
didates for Head Girl honors also
at Brighton High.
RAYMOND IMATANI was electee
Treasurer, and JOYCE SAKAGUCHI
was elected Secretary of the Stu-
dent Body at Brighton High.
* AJA athletes participating in
Varsity Baseball at Brighton Hi
include NORMAN HORI, 2nd baseman;
RICHARD IDA, 2nd baseman; GEORGE
TANI, outfielder; and SAM SASAKI,
catcher. In track, JERRY KISHI-
YAMA and DON CHIKUMA are compet-
ing for Brighton Hi.
SAM SASAKI, RONALD IDA, and
RICHARD IDA were selected members
of the Honor Society at Brighton
High School recently.
SAKATA-SHIBAO WEDDING
MARY SAKATA and TOM SHIBAO,
both of Brighton, Colorado were
united in marriage at private ce-
remonies on Sunday, May 15th.
A reception for the family and
many Brighton friends was held at
the Lotus Room in Denver, follow-
ing the wedding.
TOM SHIBAO is a native Bright-
onian, and MARY SAKATA is former-
ly from Nebraska. They planned
to make their home at 224 South
14th St., in Brighton, Colo.
J.A.A. RECESSES
FOR SUMMER
Pres. JIM TOCHIHARA called the
last spring meeting of the J.A.A.
of Brighton on May 9th, with a
discussion on agricultural labor
led by JIM IMATANI.
MIKE TASHIRO and ROY MAYEDA
were in charge of refreshments
for the evening.
MARY SAKATA was awarded the
Founder's Crown, at the annual
meeting of the Denver council of
Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a women's
philanthropic, educational and
social sorority, at the Denver
Hilton Hotel recently. There are
13 chapters of the ESA in Denver,
and 2 chapters in Brighton.
DON TANABE received a "Contri-
bution to Bowling" award, for his
volunteer work with the Brighton
Bowling League.
BOB MATSUM0T0 was awarded the
"Most Improved Bowler" trophy by
the Brighton Conmercial Bowling
League. Bob raised his average
from 139 to 160, during the past
season.
DR. CHAS. FUJISAKI was named
secretary-treasurer of the medi-
cal staff of the new Brighton
Community Hospital, which was de-
dicated on May 23rd.
Secty BILL SATO reviewed the
winter and spring activities of
the JAA, and Treasurer JESS MASU-
NAGA submitted a semi-annual fin-
nancial report.
Special committee reports were
submitted by: CHARLES MIZUNAGA
on Judo; JOHN MATSUO for baseball
and ROBERT SAKATA on civic acti-
vities.
Corr. Secty WES K0YAN0 report-
ed that there would be no further
regular meetings of the Brighton
J.A.A. until the fall, because of
the busy farming season.
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PRESENTATION OF THE BRIGHTON JAA SHELTER HOUSE to the Brighton Park
and Pool Assn. In foreground, left
EMI CHIKUMA, with JIM TOCHIHARA as
cepting official thanks of MANSE
WALL, as Mayor of Brighton, with
BOB SAKATA between Tochihara and
Mayor Wall, and MIKE TASHIRO, im-
mediate past president of the
Brighton J.A.A.
The Brighton J.A.A,, with the
splendid assistance of the Japa-
nese American community, and es-
pecially assisted by the Brighton
Nisei Women's Club at the Chow
PROFESSIONAL AND
BUSINESS LISTINGS
uetmsrs
JOHN CHIKUMA, DDS 75 So. 4th St. Brighton 560
MAS GIMA, DDS 1404 E. 18th Ave. AL 5-6822
MILTON HAYANO, DDS 2103 Larimer St. MA 3-8166
MICHAEL T. HORI, DDS 3705 E. Colfax Ave. EA 2-8510
T. IT0, DDS 830 18th St. KE 4-8680
Y. ITO, DDS SUE0 ITO, DDS S. ITO, DDS 1477 Pennsylvania St. Dentists CH 4-6589
TONY KAWANO, DDS 1750 Humboldt St. KE 4-3084
ROBERT MAYEDA, DDS Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-6961
TAKASHI MAYEDA, DDS Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-6961
CENTA NAKAMURA, DDS Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-7498
KEN UYEHARA, DDS 40 No. Main St. Brighton 1312
WUHAHCE
H0RIUCHI & CO. 1480 So. Cherry St. SK 6-3169
UNITED NATIONS INS. CO. U. 80th at Sheridan Henry K. Imada, 4588 Lowell Blvd. HA 9-3537 GR 7-8413
to right: HARRY IDA, DON TANABE,
President of the Brighton JAA ac-
Mein Dinner, raised more than
$1,000 to erect the shelter house
as a contribution to the Brighton
comounity. The Shelter House is
designed along Japanese architec-
tural lines, to add an uniqueness
to the Brighton Park, at the east
end of town.
The presentation ceremonies at
the Park took place on Apr. 13th,
LAWMU 1
T0SHI0 ANDO 1942 Larimer St. AC 2-5315
FRED S. KAWANO 1131 19th St. KE 4-6359
LLOYD SHINSATO 1639 Clarkson St. KE 4-8043
MINORU YASUI 1225 20th St. CH 4-2239
OPTOMETRISTS BEN MAT0BA, 0D MISA0 MAT0BA, 0D 1959 Larimer St. KE 4-1941 Burt Bldg. Ft. Lupton UL 7-6550
PHrSICIMS
CHARLES FUJISAKI, M.D. 40 No. Main St. Brighton 418
T. K. KOBAYASHI, M.D. DICK D. M0MII, M.D. ALBERT N0DA, M.D. 1227 27ch SC. KE 4-3104
HARRY KURACHI, M.D. 40 No. Main St. Brighton 418
TSURU T. 0KAGAWA, M.D. 1848 W. 38th Ave. GL 5-8202
ISAMU 0ZAM0T0, M.D. Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-1596
HOWARD SUENAGA, M.D. 830 18th St. AC 2-1314
M. GEO. TAKENO, M.D. 830 l$th St. TA 5-0783
AYAK0 WADA, M.D. 810 23rd St. TA 5-2565
MAHITO UBA, D.0, 1230 2lst St. MA 3-3743


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mountain-plains aja news
MAY 1960
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CATHAY POST #185 INAUGURAL: Officers installed at the Post's annual
dinner on May 15th were, seated, from left to right: Sr* Vice-Comm,
JOE SAKATO, Commander BEN MURAKAMI, Adjutant AL MIYAGISHIMA, Standing
from left to right: Sgt-at-Arms BEAVER ASANO, Jr. Vice-Comm* JIM
YAMANE, Historian MIN MATSUNAGA, and Finance Officer THOMAS HIKIDA*
Not pictured is the Chaplain of the Post, The Rev* PAUL HAGIYA*
CATHAY INSTALLATION CATHAY POST
BEN MURAKAMI, 3201 Race St*,
was installed as Commander of the
Cathay Post #185, together with BOYS' STATERS
his 1960-61 cabinet officers, on
NISEI KEGLERETTES
NISEIS ACTIVE IN
RANKED NATIONALLY
MATS ITO and TAY KONDO, top
Nisei women bowlers of Denver,
hit a big 1111 doubles to go into
3rd place in the Nat'l WIBC Bowl-
ing Tournament, during April*
With more than 15,000 top wo-
men bowlers shooting for national
honors, the Denver Nisei duo have
dropped from the top 10* JUDY
SAKATA of LA will be in Denver
next week, and could rank high*
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
TAK TERASAKI was official de-
legate for the Metropolitan Coun-
cil for Community Services, and
ROBT* Y. UYEDA, as board member
of the Denver Coordinating Coun-
cil for Education and Research in
Human Relations, and as represen-
tative of the JACL, attended the
Minority Youth Incentives Confer-
ence held in the State Services
Building, on May 2, I960*
CSMC BOWLING LEAGUE
Champions of the CSMC Bowling
League were VIRGINIA ITO, CHAR-
LENE IKEYA, MIN KISHIYAMA, DENNY
NAKATA, and GENE IKEYA, who were
feted at the CSMC bowling banquet
held on May 20, at the Lotus Room
in Denver.
The next CSMC Bowling League
will comnence Aug* 26, and will
bowl Friday nights, conmencing at
9:00 p.m., at Dahlia Lanes*
All bowlers are welcome, and
beginners are especially welcome*
Call MEACH NOGAMI, GR 7-5230, if
you are interested*
Moreover, UYEDA attended the
Congress of Spanish American or-
ganizations' convention in Gree-
ley, Colorado, May 13-15, as a
representative of the JACL*
In assisting preparations fo,r
the Youth Conference was MARY TA-
KAMINE, a vice-president of the
Denver P-TA.
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Sun., May 15th. TOM MASAM0RI was
Installation Officer.
MURAKAMI is a native of Ola,
Hawaii, and served with the 100th
Battalion, losing a left arm in
action* He has been a resident
of Denver since 1946 and works at
the Denver Election Commission*
His wife is Jerry, and they have
two sons*
JOE SAKATO, chairman for the
Youth Welfare committee of the
Cathay Post, announced that DAN
M0TOY0SHI and LEONARD ITO, both
of Manual High School, have been
selected to attend Boys' State at
Boulder, Colo* during June*
Alternate delegate under the
Cathay Post sponsorship is KEN
TOGAWA, also of Manual Hi*
Retiring Post Commander JOHN
NAKASHIMA received the Past Com-
mander's gold pin* JOHN NOGUCHI
emceed the Installation Dinner*
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Co-Chrmn JOE SAKATO and TAD
TANDA reported $250 raised at the
Cathay Post benefit last month*
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