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Vol. 4 No. 8
mil-HI NOT6S
5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
August 1988
Part of a large contingent of Colorado veterans and spouses who attended the national American of Japanese Ancestry
(AJA) Veterans Reunion in Reno, NV. From left to right, George Yoshida, Lil Masamori, Chieko and Akira Nakamura, Kyonc
Yoshida, Harry Kuga, Bess Sakato, Ken Aiba, Joe Sakato, Sueo Ito, Bianca Kuga, Ruby Aiba, Terry and Russ Sato. More
on the Reunion follows.
Mile-Hi Chapter The regular Chapter meeting for August
will not be held because of the National Biennial JACL
Convention, August 4-11, 1988 in Seattle, WA. Regular
meetings will resume in September.
Festival of Asian Arts & Culture August 5-7, 1988. On
Friday, August 5th a kimono show, gala dinner, a trade
symposium and a Japan business seminar. Saturday and Sun-
day, August 6th and 7th an Asian marketplace, free to the
public at the Boettcher Concert hall, Denver Center for
the Performing Arts and the Galleria, 14th and Curtis.'
30th Biennial National JACL Convention August 4-10,
1988, at the University of Washington campus, Seattle, WA.
August 4th-and 5th, golf and tennis, Leadership Seminar.
August 6th, Nikkei Perspective Conference, Bus Tour and
Reception. August 7th, National Council, workshops, speech
contest and banquet. August 8th, Woemn's Caucus, National
Council, Awards Luncheon and Candidate's Forum. August
9th, National Council, workshops and Sayonara Banquet.
August 10th, National Council, Salmon/Clam Bake.
Nisei Post 185 Regular Post meeting, Tuesday, August
9th, 8:00 PM at the Nisei Post. This will be the first
regular meeting for the newly elected officers. Post mem-
bers are urged to attend and show their support for the
new officers.
Tadaatsu Matsudaira Graveside service commemorating
the 100th anniversary of the death of Tadaatsu Matsudaira.
Saturday, August 6th, 10:30 AM at the Riverside Cemetery.
Seattle, WA will be the site for the 30th Biennial
National JACL Convention. One of the most important
duties of this convention is the election of the national
officers for the next biennium. The announced candidates
for the elective offices are as follows:
Mollie Fujioka
Helen Kawagoe
Cressey H. Nakagawa
Pricilla Ouchida
Cherry Kinoshita
Robert K. Sakaguchi
Alan Nishi
William Marutani

Bob Sakaquchi
The Festival of Asian Arts and Culture will run from
August 5th through the 7th. Your active support of the
many activites would be greatly appreciated. The event
is being sponsored by the Asian American Foundation of
Colorado. The following is a brief schedule of the various
August 5th Japan Business Seminar
Symposium on Japan
Japanese Sword Fittings
Traditional Patterns of Japan
Kimono Fashion Show
Gala Dinner with the Japanese
August 6th & 7th Volleyball Tournament
Naginata Seminar
Akiyoshi in Concert
Martial Arts Display
Performing and Visual Arts
For additional and more detailed information please
call me at 469-4357 or call the Asian American Foundation
at 355-0703.
Thanks to Kent Yoritomo for drafting the Mile-Hi Chap-
ter's formal bid for the 1992 National JACL Convention.
The bid will be formally submitted to National Headquarters
the week of August 1 and presented to the National Council
in Seattle the week of August 8th.
The only official function that I attended during the
month of July was a retirement party for Kenzo Fujimori
and Floyd Koshio at the Buddhist Temple. Kenzo has been
a member of the Chapter for a number of years. Congratu-
lations to both Kenzo and Floyd.
The 1988 JACL Convention has arrived and my campaign
for Vice-President of Membership and Services is rapidly
coming to an end. Since there has been no declared opposi-
tion to this point, I anticipate a successful endeavor,
but you never know what might happen at the convention it-
self. Kent Yoritomo and Jim Hada are the Chapter's offi-
cial delegates to the convention. Sumi and Roy Takeno as
well as Tom and Lil Masamori will be attending the conven-
tion. We'll all have reports next month summarizing the
events and actions surrounding the convention.
Grayce Uyehara was a
senior at the College of
the Pacific studying music
when she was evacuated to
the Stockton, California
forgrounds and later to
Rohwer, Arkansas. She
remembers the abundance of
rain and mosquitos at the
relocation center. While
a junior high school music
teacher, her pupils would
always walk into classes
with muddy shoes. During
her internment, Grayce
Attended the St. Cloud
State Teachers College for
Barry Kita
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a semester and worked a short time for the Southern BaptiJ
Church in Richmond, Virginia. Her brother was attending
Temple University in Philadelphia, persuaded her to move
there. He believed Philadelphia was a good place to live
because of the Quakers in the area. After the move to Phila-
delphia, Grayce assisted people in internment camps to get
employment in the area. She helped form the Philidelphia
Nisei Council, which later became the Philadelphia Chapter
of the JACL.
In 1946, she married Hiroshi, a Stanford educated engi-
neer. Grayce helped establish a senior and teenage group in
the Philadelphia JACL Chapter in 1947. Grayce organized
picnics and baseball games and even taught a few things
about dating to the teenagers. After receiving her masters
degree from the University of Pennsylvania in social work,
she began her career as a public school social worker.
Grayce has served in the JACL as Governor of the Eastern
District Council and national Vice-President of General
Operations. She was one of the earliest females to be
elected to a national position.
Grayce always felt that the United States had no right
to put away Japanese Americans and Japanese aliens without
due process of law. She believed that our laws were not
applied in a fair manner because the Japanese in America
looked like the enemy. At the 1978 JACL National Conven-
tion, redress was made the highest priority of the* conven-
tion. Grayce headed the East coast redress effort. She
'retired as a social worker in 1984 and in October of 1985
became a full time volunteer in Washington, D.C. lobbying
congress on behalf of redress. For the past 2? years, she
has served as the National Director of the Legislative
Education Committee (LEC). On July 1988, the House bill
442 came our of conference and will go back for a vote in
the House and Senate. The Democratic National Convention
caused a week's delay before Congress can vote on the bill.
After the bill is passed by Congress, the bill will go to
President Reagan for his signature.
In addition to lobbying, Grayce spends a great deal of
time answering letters about redress from blacks, veterans,
civil-rights groups and churches. At this year's Presby-
terian National Convention, the general assembly sent a
letter to President Reagan advocating redress. The Reagans
are members of the Bel Aire Presbyterian Church. Grayce
showed a copy of this letter to some Pennslyvania Presby-
terian congressmen who did not want to vote for the bill.
During the past 10 years, Grayce has made a tremendous
sacrifice for redress. She has complained of chest pains
and had to be hospitalized. Last month, she cancelled her
vacation to Argentina because she was lobbying President
Reagan's advisors on the bill.
After the bill is hopefully signed, Grayce and her hus-
band of 42 years will retire in Medford, new Jersey. She
plans to travel and spend more time with her four children
and 3 grandchildren.

Metropolitan Denver was well represented by veterans
and wives. Leaving the 90 plus weather and arriving in
Reno's 601s was a welcome respite. Meeting and getting
reacguainted with old friends was the order of the day.
As we settled in for the A day stay, the unreal atmos-
ohere of gambling casinos and gaudy surroundings was made
tolerable by relatively inexpensive meals and excellent
banquet facilities. If you can imagine seating 2,500
people in one room and have room enough to expand to
A,000! All of this was at the Ballys. The opening
banquet was MC'd by former Hawaii Governor George Ari-
yoshi and featured an excellent speech by former Nevada
Governor Mike O'Callaghan. Thursday the dinner show
"Hello, Hollywood, Hello" was sold out to the reunion,
again filled by the 2.500 registered for the reunion.
Friday was chapter night and each group held individual
gatherings. Among the largest groups was the MIS veterans
and spouses, they numbered 600.
Saturday night was the traditional Sayonara Banquet-
Dance. The speaker for this was Senator Daniel Inouye
of Hawaii, with comments by Mike Masaoka. The dinner
was under the able hands of Rep. Norman Mineta who acted
as MC.
There was a contingent of 17 from Bruyeres, France,
the town that was liberated by the AA2nd Regimental Combat
Team (RCT). There was also a delegation from the 36th
U.S. Division, they of the Lost Battalion, who were res-
cued by the 442nd RCT in southern France.
Sunday closed the reunion with memorial, services. The
speaker for the morning service was Senator Spark Matsu-
naga, also from Hawaii. An announcement was made that
the next reunion would be held in Kona, Hawaii in June
of 1990.
Among the 2,500 registered for the reunion were the
following from Colorado: (442nd RCT), Yosh and Fumi Arai,
George and Kyong Yoshida, Joe and Bess Sakato, Ray and
Marguerite Sakaguchi, Goro Sakaguchi, Harry and Bianca
Kuga, Tom and Lil Masamori, Sam and Sarah Terasaki, George
and Helen Goto, Harold and Jane Riebesell, Edwin and Hisa
Shimabukuro, Willy Kiyota, Frank and Ruth Kamibayashi,
Jame Yamane, Henry and Mrs. Sakaguchi, Bill and Michi
Chikuma, George and Sumi Kagohara. (ETO), Massey and
Mary Nishiyama and Fred and Sue Kusuno. (MIS), John and
Kimi Noguchi, Roy and Ruth Terada, Ken and Ruby Aiba,
Russ and Terry Sato, Sueo and Taeko Ito, Sets and Torio
Ito, Nob and Toshie Furuiye, Susumi and Ruth Hidaka,
Hatch and Mrs. Kita and Akira and Chieko Nakamura. Others
from Colorado were: Fudge Tashiro, Chili and Rose Fujisaki
and Harry and Rose Tazawa. As there was no official list
of Coloradans, this list may not be complete. Apologies
to any names that were inadvertantly omitted.
At left, Hershey Miyamura (Congressional Medal of Hono::),
Jean and George Ariyoshi. Top above, Rep. Norman Mineta
and Senator Daniel Inouye. Above, Lil Masamori, Mike and
Etsu Masaoka and Harry Honda. Harold Riebesell, Mile-Hi
Chapter and Nisei Post 185, Masayo Duus, author of the book
'Unlikely Liberators'. Bottom, Toshie and Nobuo Furuiye,
one of the many MIS veterans and spouses who attended the
reunion. Photos by Tom Masamori.

Several Kimonos, yutakas and other clothing are strewn
across back stage of this years kimono faschion show.
It will be at the Downtown marriott on August 5th from
noon to 2:00 PM. This will be a luncheon affair. Tickets
are $25.00 and may be obtained from the Asian American
Founcation (355-0703).
The showing will be of festive, ceremonial and semi-
formal kimonos. Summer yutakas will also be presented.
A traditional Japanese wedding party will be shown. Some
adaptation clothing will place a unique showing with the
kimonos. These adaptations are casual outfits which were
made from old silk kimonos.
At this time I would like to thank the following people
for providing their assistance: Lorraine Hisamoto, Karen
Toyota Miller, Jennifer Sameshima, Jenny Moore, Peggy
Moore, Lisa yamaguchi, Aileen Okimoto, Kathy Kuge, Rene
Komoda, Susan, McCarty, Thea Hew-Len, Susan Masamori and
Joyce Mizunaga.
The death 100 years ago of Tadaatsu Matsudaira, a noble-
man who was the first Japanese in Colorado, will be memo-
rialized at a ceremony at 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 6 at
Denver's Riverside Cemetery.
Matsudaira was employed by the state of Colorado as
assistant inspector of mines at the time of his death, at
age 37, on January 24, 1888. he and his wife Carrie Samp-
son and their two sons, Taro and Kinjiro, were living at -
67 Lincoln St. Carrie was the daughter of William Samp-
son, later to become first superintendant of the boys
correctional school at Golden.
Three of Matsudaira's descendants are expected to
attend the ceremony. They are Naru Matsudaira Dent,
granddaughter, Betty Matsudaira Reed, great-granddaugh-
ter, both of Maryland and Capt. Gary M. Dent of Buckley
Air National Guard Base, a great-grandson.
Tadaatsu matsudaira and his brother, Tadanari, sons
of a feudal lord, came to the United States to study
at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Tadanari soon
returned to Japan but Tadaatsu worked as city engineer
Bedford, PA., before moving to Denver in hopes of finding
treatment for tuberculosis. After his death his wife
and sons returned East.
Matsudaira was large forgotten until one day in 1925
the Japanese Embassy in Washington received a letter from
Kinjiro Matsudaira, then living in Edmonston, Maryland.
He asked whether the new ambassador, Tsuneo Matsudaira,
was any relation, he wasn't but Japanese newpapers
picked up the story.
In Denver, Japanese resident went to Riverside Ceme-
tery and located the gravesite. In 1952, nearly 65
years after Tadaatsu's death, Denver Japanese community
leaders decided a monument to Colorado's first Japanese
pioneer was appropriate. A large stone marker was placed
in a section of Riverside where many Japanese are buried,
but some distance from Matsudaira's grave. Since the
original wooden marker had vanished, a modest stone tab-
let was placed near his burial place.
Recently it was discovered that even that tablet had
disappeared. The Rocky Mountain Jiho, a Japanese language
weekly published in Denver, undertook a fund drive to
place a memorial marker over Matsudaira1a grave.
"Captain Dent's presence in ourcommunity is a reminder
of the long historical ties between Colorado and Japan,"
says Eiichi Imada, publisher of the Rocky Mountain Jiho.
"It's appropriate to memorialize the gravesite of Colo-
rado'^ first Japanese immigrant who also was the first of
many Japanese Americans to work for the state government.
We're proud that his countrymen who followed Matsudaira
to Colorado, and thier descendants, have become valuable,
productive citizens."
Even as some members of the Mile-Hi Chapter prepare
for the trip to Seattle and the 30th Biennial National
JACL Convention, I am mindful and somewhait/apprehensive
about the huge commitment *that the Chapter made in
bidding for the 32nd Biennial Convention in 1992. While
there is no assurance that the National Board will accept
our bid and also while 1992 seems a long way off, it is
still a time for serious ref\ect;jon and commitment.
While we of the Chapter debated whether we should bid or
not, I made a mental note that the Denver metropolitan
area surely have the physical facilities for such a large
convention, and the geographical area is attractive to
many in the East and West coast. I also thought to my-
self that we surely have the human resources and talents.
What we need from now on is the commitment and voluntary
willingness to plan and cooperate. I plan to observe
and critique the Seattle convention for concepts and
execution. What worked and what didnt and why. By the
time for the 31st Biennial in San_Dieqo in 1990 we should
have solid plans and thoughts in mind. The major contri-
bution that we of the older Nisei generation can make will
be ideas and encouragements because most of us will be of
an age (by 1992!) that the hard work and planning will
have to be done by those we can recruit and entice into
active participation in the JACL. That will be our job
and our future. Wish us luck!
Mrs. True Yasui
1150 South Williams Stree
Denver, CO 80210