VOL. III. No. 7
JR. YBA CONFAB
DENVER, MAY 24
The Jr. Young Bussei Assn will
hold a spring conference at the
TSBC, with a dinner-dance at the
Continental Denver, at Speer and
Valley Hiway, on Saturday night.
HENRY KUSUMI is Pres, of the
group, with LOUISE OTA as advisor
assisted by PHILIP MIYAZAWA.
The theme of the conference is
"Social Behavior of the Teen-Age
Bussei**, to be discussed after a
luncheon at the TSBC at 12 noon.
Prices for the Conference are:
Luncheon. . $ 1.00
Bowling . . 1.80
Banquet . 3.50
Dance . 1.50
Total: . $ 7.80
PACKAGE REGISTRATION- $ 7.00
DR. KENNETH OBERHOLTZER will
be the principal speaker at the
Banquet. The public is invited.
BENEFIT, APR. I
The TSBC Young Buddhist League
will sponsor a Japanese movie be-
nefit on Sun., April 1st, at 7:00
p.m., at the TSBC, in Denver.
The two features are: "Hana-
no Banzuiin", a Shochiku produc-
tion in Eastman color, which de-
picts a classic story during the
Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo (Tokyo)
about 200 years ago. It is con-
sidered one of the best Samurai
pictures ever produced.
The second feature is entitled
"Banjun no Grampa, a heart-warm-
ing story of a youngster bringing
a broken family together, inter-
mixed with comedy and hilarity.
BRIGHTON CHOW MEIN
DINNER ON APR. 7
ROBERT Y. SAKATA, Pres, of the
Brighton J.A.A., announced that
the annual Chow Mein and Shrimp
Dinner would be held in the 4-H
Bldg., at the Adams County Pair-
grounds, in Brighton, Colo., on
Sat., Apr. 7th.
General Co-Chairman of the big
comnunity-wide Oriental dinner in
Brighton, Colo, is HARRY IDA, who
is being assisted by all members
of the J.A.A., and members of the
Nisei Women's Club of Brighton.
(Further details on Page 5.)
I7TH ANNUAL STUDENT CONFERENCE
AT DENVER, MAR. 30 APR. I
HENRY TOBO, acting Pres, of the Intermountain Collegiate Students,
announced that the 17th Annual Student Conference for this region is
scheduled for the last week-end in March, in Denver, Colorado. The
Student conclave will open on Friday evening, Mar. 30th, and will be
climaxed by a dinner-dance at the
Wolhurst Club, Sat., Mar. 31st.
Bowling will be held Sun. after-
noon, 2-4 p.m., at ABC Lanes.
HENRY TOBO. of CSU, has been act-
ing as Pres, of the Intermountain
Collegiate Students, during the
past school year, in the absence
of ROBT. WATADA, Pres.
The collegiate students have
organized the 17th annual student
conference to be held in Denver,
Colo., climaxed by a dinner-dance
at the Wolhurst Club, on Mar. 31.
AJA high school seniors are wel-
come to attend the conference.
ON SAT., MAR.31
In cooperation with the I.C.S.
conference, the Mtn-Plains JACL
will hold its oratorical contest
on Sat., Mar. 31st, at the TSBC,
in Denver, Colo.
Entrants must be 16 21. The
topic is **JACL To Bridge and To
Build", limited to 8-10 minutes.
The district winner will be
sent to the Nat*l JACL Convention
in Seattle, Wash., July 26 31,
with all expenses paid, to com-
pete in the Nat'l JACL Oratorical
Aiitt ftnnUAL STUDEnT
y inTERmotnAin collegiate
BASKETBALL North High
(Fri. and Sat.)
SOCIAL MIXER T.S.B.C.
(Fri., 9:30 p.m. )
LUNCHEON ....... T.S.B.C.
(Sat., 12:00 noon)
_____ (Sun., 2-4 p.m.)
CATHAY POST BLDG
DAMAGED BY FIRE
The Cathay Post building, at
2015 Market St., in Denver, Colo,
was extensively damaged by fire,
on Mar. 12th. Estimate of fire
loss was estimated in excess of
$20,000.00, covered mostly by in-
surance.. Damage was extensive.
However, SAM M0MII, manager of
the Post Dining Room and Bar, an-
nounced that the bar would be re-
opened before the end of March,
NAT'L JACL RECOGNITIONS
SHIG WAKAMATSU, Chrmn of the
Nat'l JACL Recognitions Committee
in Chicago, Illinois, announced
that nominations for the 1962
"Nisei of the Biennium" and the
"JACLer of the Biennium" awards
would be accepted now.
Outstanding Americans of Japa-
nese ancestry who have made dis-
tinctive contributions to JACL,
or to the American way of life,
are eligible for national honors.
The students' basketball tour-
ney will open at North Nigh, on
Fri., Mar. 30, with RICHARD IDA,
Chrmn. The Championship games at
North Hi will be played on Sat.
The "Get-Acquainted Mixer" is
scheduled at TSBC, Fri. night, at
9:00 p.m., with SUE YAMAMOTO, of
CU, as Chairman.
The Convention Luncheon slated
at Sat. noon, Iter. 31, will also
be held at TSBC, and will feature
"Nihon-shoku". Chrmn of the lun-
cheon is DORIS KUSUNO of CSU.
Sat. afternoon, the Oratorical
Contest to send the winner to the
Nat'l JACL Convention in Seattle,
during July, and Seminars will be
held at the TSBC. SHIRLEY YAMA-
SAKI of CSC is Chairman.
CONVENTION BANQUET: Mar. 31st
The Convention Banquet will be
held at 6:00 p.m., Sat., Mar. 31,
at the Wolhurst, featuring LARRY
TAJIRI gs principal speaker.
Dinner-Dance tickets are $5.00
per person, or $9.00 per couple.
NATCHI MATSUNAMI, of CSC, is Gen.
Chrmn for the Dinner-Dance.
Advance reservations for dinn-
er can be placed thru TED TSUMURA
in Denver, at CH 4-7093.
OTHER COMMITTEES. .
Other committees include: Re-
gistration, with QUEEN CHARLENE
WONG, assisted by DORIS KUSUNO of
CSU, and JUDY SAIT0 of CU.
The "ICS-er of the Year" Award
committee is headed by ALAN TAKA-
KI of CU. The Elections commit-
tee, for 1962-63 officers, will
be headed by BOB WATADA.
The Program Booklet was handl-
ed by CHRISTINE Y0RIM0T0, assist-
ed by BOB WATADA and HENRY TOBO.
Renovation of the dining room
of Cathay Post will require from
four to six weeks, but should be
re-opened for business before the
end of April.
The Cathay Post Board request-
ed the patience of patrons, while
repairs are being completed.
Forms may be obtained from any
JACL chapter president, or from
Mtn-Plains JACL, 1225 20th St.,
Denver 2, Colorado.
Nominations must be submitted
to Natl JACL Recognitions Com-
mittee, 21 West Elm St., Chicago,
111., by May 15, 1962.
INVITATION TO ALL. .
All AJA students, Including
high school seniors, are cordial-
ly invited to attend any or all
of the ICS functions. The gener-
al AJA public will be especially
welcomed at the ICS Dinner-Dance
at the Wolhurst, on Set. night,
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
SCENE FROM "TSUBO SAKA". during the annual Kabuki presentation by the
Engei Kyokai of Denver, at the Tri-State Buddhist Church, during Jan.
Principals in scene above were: GLADYS TANIWAKI and KAZUO YAMASAKI.
The Engei Kyokai of Denver, Colo., annually produces a Kabuki drama
for presentation to the public during Jan. or Feb, of each year.
JAMES KANEMOTO of Longmont, as
Chrnm of a Special Committee of
the TSBC, reported on plans for
building a $750,000 Senior Apart-
ments for oldsters over 62 years
of age, to be built in the Denver
A non-profit building corpora-
tion, "Tri-State Buddhist Church
Apartments, Inc.", was being or-
ganized to handle construction of
a modem apartment building, with
recreation and meeting rooms, as
well as buffet apartments for the
oldsters in this region.
Financing would be under FHA,
and rents would be kept at a mi-
nimum, on a non-profit basis.
Members of the building com-
mittee are: REV. N. TSUNODA, (as
ex officio), and as follows:
12 persons of Japanese ances-
try were naturalized as U.S. ci-
tizens during Jan. 1962, accord-
ing to I. & N. S. reports.
Eight were Japanese wives, and
three were minors. The 12th was
0. KAGEYAMA, an old-time Denver
barber, at 1227-20th St.
The list of naturalized Japa-
nese for Colo., in Jan., were:
MIDORI ESPINOZA. Ft. Collins
DAVID FURUYA, 16 .Colo. Springs
ROY M. FURUYA, 13. .Colo. Springs
TOSHIKO GREGERSEN. USAF Academy
YUKIKO HARRISON. . . Ft. Collins
YURIKO HERNANDEZ . .Colo. Springs
GLORIA HIRAMI, 15......... Denver
SHIZU KLEINSCHMIDT .Colo. Springs
T0MEK0 T0B0 LARSON Ft. Carson
MICHIK0 MAROHL .Colo. Springs
TSBC'S PTA ft YBA DINNER-DANCE
MIKE TASHIRO presided as Toastmaster for the TSBC's Sunday School
P-T.A. Council Banquet, held on Feb. 25th, at the Cherry Creek Inn,
in Denver, Colo., which was followed by the TSBCs Young Adult Bussei
Association Inaugural Dance, hon-
oring the new 1962 officers.
HELEN OKADA, as retiring P-TA
Pres., expressed thanks to the
1961 retiring Sunday School Coun- .
cil officers. KAZ SAKAMOTO was
named 1962 Council President for
the Buddhist P-TA.
HARRY YANARI extended greet-
ings to the gathering, as Pres,
of the Young Adult Buddhist Assn.
JEAN and HARRY HASHIM0T0 tripping
the light and fantastic at the
TSBC's P-TA and YABA Dinner-Dance
at Cherry Creek Inn on Feb. 25th.
SAM SUE KAMA
A. M. WATADA
Chrmn KANEMOTO advised that at
the next meeting of the Special
Committee on Mon., Mar. 26th, the
Charter and By-Laws of the Corpo-
ration would be considered.
KAY NITTA reported that the
P-TA of the Denver Buddhist Sun-
day School has scheduled another
Japanese movie benefit to be held
on Sunday., Apr. 29th.
Tickets for the movie benefit
will be sold for $1.25 each, by
members of the TSBC.
Information as to film titles
has not yet been received, but
details will be published in the
Apr. issue oÂ£ The AJA News.
TAKAYAMA CHILDREN'S ART
AT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE
ELIZABETH ROSE, Chrmn of the
Denver-Takayama Sister-City com-
mittee, urged visitors to view an
art display of 250 paintings by
children of Takayama, Japan, at
International House, 1600 Logan
St., in Denver, Colo.
The exhibit is a part of the
People-to-People program, and is
on display until Sun., Mar. 25th.
OFFICERS FOR 1962
ELECTED BY TSBC
New 1962 officers of the Issei
Board of the Tri-State Buddhist
Church elected in Jan. were:
BOB SAKATA is not trying to slug
his wife, JOANNA, who has back to
the camera. BOB and JOANNA were
"swinging" at the YABA Dance} .
AJAs AT MIGRANT
Led by ROBT. SAKATA, as Pres,
of the Brighton J.A.A., more than
two dozen AJA vegetable farmers,
vitally concerned about the sup-
ply of farm labor this year, at-
tended the Dept, of Labor hear-
ings at the Hilton Hotel, on Mar.
7th, in Denver, Colo.
AJA farmers from the San Luis
Valley, including MIKE MIZOKAMI,
ROY INOUYE and HARRY SUMIDA, also
appeared to testify in regard to
Che need of temporary farm labor.
PRES. HARRY YANARI of the YABA,
and his wife, BETTE YANARI, sitt-
ing one out. (All YABA Dinner-
Dance photos by OSKI TANIWAKI.)
DBAC FISHING DERBY
HARRY NITTA, Chrmn of the DBAC
announced that Wed., Mar. 28th,
at 8:00 p.m. would be kick-off of
the 1962 Fishing Derby for the
members of the TSBC.
GEO. UMETANI is Fishing Derby
Chrmn. Door prizes, donated by
GART BROS., and FUKUMA IMPORTS,
and trout-fishing films by Wright
McGill Co., will be featured at
the meeting. Derby dates art:
McGill Co., will be featured at
the meeting. Fishing Derby dstes
are from Apr. 1 to Oct. 31, 1962.
When Gov. Stephen McNichols of
Colorado addresses the conference
of Governors, in Tokyo, Japan,
next month, in Japanese, Gov. Mc-
Nichols will be speaking Japanese
words "ghost-written" by HENRY M,
SUZUKI of Denver, Colo.
HENRY SUZUKI is a district of-
ficer of the Mtn-Plains JACL, and
a leader of Nisei activities in
this region. He is also a gradu-
ate of Kansai Univ., in Japan.
Because he is versed in the
intricacies of the Japanese lang-
uage and because of his public-
spirited participation in all ci-
vic activities, SUZUKI was called
upon to draft the Gov.s speech
President. . a . FRANK NAKATA
1st Vice-Pres. N0BUE TSUSHIMA
2nd Vice-Pres. 9 GEORGE SHIM0DA
3rd Vice-Pres. TH0S. DOIZAKI
Auditors:. . and FUMIO TANI
Secretary. . FRED S. UYEDA
Corr. Sectys: . . TED OKAZAKI, and T. KAJIWARA
Spec. Treas. .
Movies:... . 0. KAGEYAMA, and M. WATADA
As reported in the Feb. issue
of The AJA News, the 1962 Presi-
dent of the Nisei Board of TSBC
is HARRY YANARI of Denver, Colo.
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MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONIES, at the new Denver School of Judo, Inc., on
Sun., Mar. 11, 1962. Prof. TOSHITAKA YAMAUCHI (7th Dan) of Fresno,
Calif., the ranking judoist in the U.S., preparing to cut the ribbon
with an authentic samurai sword,
assisted by JOHN CARROLL, repre-
senting Gov. McNichols, and DICK
II H'T? BROWN, representing Mayor Batter-
|vf*"T > ton of Denver.
DR. T. ITO, Pres, of The Den-
ver School of Judo, Inc., looking
over the shoulder of Brown, with
KURAMOTO, OKIMOTO and TAKAMATSU
FOUNDERS OF THE DENVER SCHOOL OF JUDO, INC., were honored at special
ceremonies, during the dedication of the new school at 2020 Arapahoe,
with the presentation of a bronze plaque to be affixed permanently to
the front of the building. Word-
ing of the Plaque is shown in the
photo at right.
The three originators of the
Judo school in Denver are above,
from left to right: FRED OKIMOTO,
GEO. KURAMOTO and TOORU TAKAMATSU
holding the Plaque which was pre-
sented by BILL HDSOKAWA, as M.C.,
on behalf of the parents.
PORTION OF THE TROPHY CASE, at
The Denver School of Judo, Inc.
1962 ROCKY MTN AAU
OPEN JUDO TOURNEY
Entries from nine top-ranking
judo clubs In the Rocky Mountain
region competed in the AAU Open
Judo Tournament held in the new
Denver School of Judo dojo, on
Sun., Mar. 18th.
The following teams entered in
the AAU-sponsored judo meet:
Ent A.F.B. USAF Academy
Lowry A.F.B. Warren A.F.B.
American Judo Club
Colorado Springs Judo Club
Colorado State University
Denver School of Judo, Inc.
University of Colorado.
Denver School of Judo entrants
made a clean sweep of the tourna-
ment, winning 12 places out of a
possible 17, and taking all the
top honors. The results were:
GRAND CHAMPION ROGER STEVENS
Unlimited Div.(2d) BERKLEY PENS
180 lb. Div. YOSH NISHIMURA
160 lb. Div.........JOE MILEY
140 lb. Div. TOMMY TABUCHI
THANKS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Mar. 20, 1962.
To: ALL MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS of The Denver School of Judo, Inc,:
The Dedication and "Open House*' of the new Denver School of Judo was a
far greater success than anticipated. We sincerely appreciate all the
wonderful cooperation which we received, and the recognitions bestowed
upon us have left us speechless and moved us emotionally.
To you and to the people of the whole community we give our heart-felt
thanks, but we can never adequately express our gratitude in words.
The creation of this new School of Judo was a community undertaking --
but our work is only half done; we are wdrklng towards that day when
this institution shall produce National and World Champions! But, in
the meantime, we shall try to produce the best possible citizens for
our community, and for the United States of America.
The potential is before us. We shall strive to attain this objective.
We gratefully request your continued cooperation. Thank you, one and
all, thank you again!
FRED N. OKIMOTO
PROF. KIR0 NAGANO, 7th Dan, Chrmn
of Bd of Review, JBBF of USA.
YOSH UCHIDA, Pres, of Judo Black
Belt Federation of USA.
KAZUO SHINOHARA, 1960 Captain of
Meiji University Judo Tean.
Ben T. Kumagai
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PERMANENT BRONZE PLAQUE, dedicat-
ed on Sun., Mar. 11, 1962, at the
new Denver School of Judo, Inc.
Besides the Plaque, Scrolls of
Appreciation were presented to
GEORGE KURAMOTO, FRED N. OKIMOTO,
and TOORU TAKAMATSU.
In addition, special Scrolls
were presented to:
DR. F. E. HAYAN0, as Pres,
of the Colorado Nikkei-
Jin Kai, for supporting
A. F. TAKAMINE, whose fi-
nancial assistance made
possible the original
site acquisition; and
ROGER STEVENS, of Boulder,
talents were contribut-
ed to do all legal work
for the new School.
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WEST 80TH AVENUE at SHERIDAN BOULEVARD
P. 0. BOX 1501, DENVER 1, COLORADO.
HENRY IMADA, President.
Tel.: HA 9-3537
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TOM MASAMORI. . .Photographer
TRUE YASUI. . .General Factotum
When we first moved to Denver
back in 1946, "Japanese town" ra-
diated out for several blocks in
all directions from 20th and Lar-
imer streets. There were restau-
rants, provisions stores, hotels,
pool halls, and a good many other
businesses, most of which have
changed hands or disappeared.
Some of these businesses van-
ished because their owners headed
back for the West Coast, where
most of their customers were go-
ing. Other proprietors sold out
or closed up and got into other
more desirable businesses or jobs
away from the area, opportunities
which had been denied to them,
during the war years.
We say without lament that the
"Japanese town" has been, with a
few notable exceptions, a dwind-
This month, an impressive step
was taken in the other direction
with the dedication of The Denver
School of Judo. Not only is this
an impressive building physically
but also a heart-warming exanple
of what can be done when a bunch
of fellows go to work on a pro-
The School represents an in-
vestment of almost $100,000, not
including the countless hours of
planning, fund-raising, and actu-
al work devoted to the project.
Three local citizens spear-
headed the campaign to build the
school. A plaque in the building
commemorates their efforts and it
is fitting that George Kuramoto,
Fred Okimoto and Tooru Takamatsu
should be honored in letters of
bronze. What they have done is
not an accomplishment of the mo-
ment, but something that will be-
nefit a generation of boys, long
after they have grown to manhood.
The new facilities will enable
the School to open its doors to
virtually anyone who is interest-
ed in the sport of judo, and in
this sense, it is a fine addition
to the entire Denver cosmunity.
AJA SCHOLARSHIP RECORDS, 1961
The Urban League of Colorado surveyed the 1961 graduating classes
in Denver high schools, and confirmed statistically that a signifi-
cantly high proportion of Japanese American graduating seniors were
winning scholarships and awards at commencement time.
At Manual High School, which has the largest enrollment of Negro,
Spanish American, and Japanese American students of any high school
in Denver, during June, 1961, there were 246 graduating seniors. A
statistical resume of scholarships and awards at Manual is as follows:
As noted on this page, Mile-Hi
JACLs Japanese movie benefit was
moderately successful in raising
funds for the
% of Scholarships
Grads Total and Awards Total Awards Group Half of the funds have been
126 - 52% - 5 3 - 8 - 32% - 6.3% sent to Wash-
S2 - 21% - 1 2 - 3 - 12% - 5.7% ington State to
48 - 19% - 0 0 - 0 - 0% - 0.0% fight the anti-
20 - 8% - 8 6 - 14 - 56% - 70.0% alien land law provision, in
Spanish American .
Japanese American. .
In other words, the AJAs, 8% of the seniors, won more than half of
the scholarships and awards given at Manual High School in 1961. Or,
to put it in a different way, 70% of the AJAs were receiving scholar-
ships and awards, while only 6.3% of the Negro seniors and only 5.7%
of the "hakujin" seniors were re- -
ceiving academic recognitions. LORRAINE K03HI0
Moreover among the 605 seniors
at East Nigh, there were 10 AJAs,
with 3 winning scholarships, or
30% of the AJAs; at West High, of
four AJA seniors, one was a scho-
larship winner, or 25% of AJAs.
AJA high school students have
achieved scholastic honors, far
beyond their percentage ratios.
We have reproduced the above
figures, not so much to brag of
our AJA sons and daughters, but
to emphasize the factor believed
to be the key to AJA academic ex-
cellence in school.
The Urban League believes that
AJAs do so well in school because
of the keen interest which their
parents display in the education
of their children. Nisei parents
have been able to impress their
children the great importance of
education and learning, in life.
LETS EVERLASTINGLY KEEP IT UP!!!
JACL MOVIE BENEFIT
GROSSES S600 FOR
OSKI S. TANIWAKI, Chrmn of the
Mile-Hi JACL Japanese Movie Bene-
fit, held on Mar. 10-11, at TSBC,
reported that $592,75. gross was
realized from the showing.
Half of the net, $201.03 was
remitted to aid in the campaign
to eliminate the anti-alien land
provision in the Constitution of
the State of Washington.
The balance of the fund will
be used in efforts to eliminate
anti-alien employment provisions
in the Colorado laws, prohibition
against interment of non-whites
in cemeteries, and other discrim-
inatory laws and practices in the
State of Colorado,
Assisting Chairman TANIWAKI in
the Movie Benefit were: DAVE FU-
RURAWA, HENRY SUZUKI, BEN KUMAGAI
and BUDDY UCHIDA.
LORRAINE K0SHI0, Head Girl at
Ft. Lupton High School, was named
as one of the chief delegates, as
theoretical representative from
Japan, to the "mock UN" sessions
to be held on the CSC campus, at
the end of Mar,, 1962.
LORRAINE was also selected as
DAR "Good Citizen" of FLHS, and
will be competing for the State
Good Citizen Award.
LORRAINE KOSHIO is the daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. SAM KOSHIO,
both active JACLers, in Ft, Lup-
MIKE WATANABE, 2nd Vice-Chrmn
of the Mtn-Plains JACL, and Chrmn
for Youth, in this District, an-
nounced that the Natl JACL Essay
contest is open to all youths be-
tween the ages of 16-21.
The Essay topic is "JACL -- To
Bridge and To Build", and must be
limited to 2,500 words.
Prizes in the National Contest
are: $300.00 for 1st; $200.00 for
2nd; and $100.00 for 3rd.
Deadline for entries is May 1,
1962. Complete information can
be obtained from MIKE WATANABE,
Mtn-Plains JACL Youth Chairman,
at 1306 South 33rd Street, Omaha,
of the fund is
to be used in
Colorado, to eliminate discrimi-
natory laws and practices here in
our own State.
Mile-Hi JACL will continue in
the fight against discrimination,
wherever it rears its ugly head;
SAM MATSUMOTO, as advisor for
ICS and liaison for Mile-Hi JACL,
asks for older Nisei to volunteer
as resource panelists for the ICS
seminar, Sat. afternoon, Mar. 31.
If you are willing to help our
younger Nisei, and Sansei, please
call SAM MATSUMOTO, AT 8-2536.
Also, if you know of any high
school seniors interested in at-
tending the ICS Conference as ob-
servers, urge them to attend! It
will be good experience for them!
The Mile-Hi JACL will present
the JACL-SAKATA Award, and Mile-
Hi Scholarships, during June this
year, at graduation time.
Any AJA graduating senior, in
the Denver metropolitan area, is
eligible for JACL awards.
If you know of any outstanding
AJA high school senior graduating
in June, please notify JEAN SATO,
Chrmn of the Scholarship Commit-
tee. JEAN SATOs address is 6790
Downing St., Denver 29, Colo.
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ARE TAKEN BY TOM T. MASAMORI,
2010 Lamar St., Denver 15, Colo.
(BE 7-3041), UNLESS SPECIFICALLY
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$2.50 for h yr ( 5 mo. )
$3.50 for 1 yr (10 mo. )
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
HARRY IDA, Gen, Co-Chrmn for
the Chow Mein and Shrimp Dinner,
scheduled for Sat,, Apr. 7, from
4-8 p.m,, in the 4-H Building at
the Adams County Fairgrounds, in
Brighton, Colorado, together with
Pres. BOB SAKATA of the Brighton
JAA, reported on committees and
chairmen, as follows:
Welcome DR. JOHN CHIKUMA, Chrmn
DR. KEN UYEHARA & JESS MASUNAGA
TAGUS MURATA & TOSH TASHIRO
Busboys PAUL OKADA, Chrmn,
assisted by 9 youths.
Dishwashers ROY MAYEDA, Chrmn,
assisted by 11 men.
Phys. Arr. DON TANABE, Chrmn,
assisted by 8 men.
K.P. Crew MIKE TASHIRO, Chrmn,
assisted by 9 men.
Ticket Co-ordinators: WES KOYANO
GEORGE OKUBO & JESS MASUNAGA
All 78 men of the Brighton JAA
have been assigned specific jobs,
and all are looking forward to an
Wives and ladies of the Nisei
Womens Club will be taking care
of the cooking and preparation of
food, especially on Friday night,
A special call for volunteers
to help clean the shrimp on Fri.
evening, Apr. 6th, has gone out
to all JAA members!!!
ARKANSAS VALLEY JACL reported
their 1962 officers, as follows:
Rec, Secty .
. HENRY KONISHI
. GENE HIRAKATA
. MIKE FUJIMOTO
. AMY KONISHI
. FRANK SHIBA
FRED MORIMOTO. .
GEORGE HIRAKI. .
ARDEN HUGH .
NOBE HASUI .
TOM NAKAYAMA .
ICHIRO SUTO. .
. La Junta
. La Junta
. Las Animas
. Rocky Ford
. Rocky Ford
GEORGE H. KONISHI and family,
of Ft. Lupton, Colo., were sig-
nally honored, when U.S. Senator
John A. Carroll of Colorado had
printed, in the Congressional Re-
cord, the roster and achievements
of the 13 KONISHI children. (See
story, Pacific Citizen, Mar. 16.)
ALBERT WATADA, Mbrshp Chrmn of
Ft. Lupton JACL, reported in 157
members for 1962, to surpass last
years high of 150. The all-time
high by Ft, Lupton chapter was in
1959 and 1960, when the chapter
reported 162 members. WATADA ex-
pects to beat that record!
2801 DOWNING ST.
DENVER 5, COLORADO
BILL KUROKI, MGR. CH.4-6419
DELIGHTFUL VISIT TO JAPAN
930 LINCOLN ST.
IN THE SHERMAN PLAZA HOTEL
Authentic Jepeneie Pood end Drinks Served at low
tables "Japanese style" or at conventional
tables and chairs
AL.S4JU COCKTAILS 50c From 3 to 6
AL. 5-3530 DINNERS from 3.00 and up
Open Dally 11:30 AM. to 1 AM.
Saturday S PM to 1:30 AM.
Sunday 2 PM. to 10 P.M.
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. authentic
* movies of Japan shown in the Cocktail Lounge.
PRESIDENT FRANK YOKOOJI of the
Ft. Lupton JACL looking beamingly
on, while Gen. Chrmn SAM OKAMOTO
is being fed by KATIE KOSHIO, who
supervised the kitchen crew, at
the annual Chow Mein Dinner, in
Ft. Lupton, during February.
Chairman OKAMOTO reported that
more than 850 dinners were served
by the Ft. Lupton JACL, and that
approximately $800.00 was raised
for the chapter.
Proceeds of the dinner will be
used for the general expenses of
the Ft. Lupton JACL, in community
activities and programs.
Of CALENDAR Coming Events
Mar. 24: (Sat) JR. YBA CONFERENCE at TSBC; Dinner-Dance at Continental-Denver.
Mar. 30- Mar. 31- Apr. 1: I.C.S. CONFERENCE, in Denver. Dinner-Dance at Wolhurst Club, on Sat. nlte, Mar. 31st.
Apr. 1: (Sun) TSBC; Sunday School P-TAS JAPANESE MOVIE BENEFIT from 7:30 pm.
Apr. 7: (Sat) BRIGHTON J.A.A. CHOW MEIN & SHRIMP DINNER, at County Fairgrounds from 4:00 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 7: (Sat) CSMC-SIMPSON CHURCH, Qtrly Conference with Supt. TARO GOTO.
May 5: (Sat) CATHAY POST JAMBOREE, and FAMILY FUN NIGHT, for Colo. Boys* State
June 2: (Sat) CSMC-SIMPSON CHURCH, ORIENTAL FOOD BAZAAR, Sam Matsumoto, Chrmn.
July 3: (Tue) CATHAY POST HAWAIIAN LUAU, Slovenian Hall.
PROFESSIONAL AND lAwrnt
BUSINESS LISTINGS TOSHIO ANDO, 1942 Larimer St. AC 2-5315
j. Howard McCarthy, 725 st. Paul 1639 Clarkson St. KE 4-8043
Brown & Bigelow. AL 5-2075 MINORU YASUI,
PMTtSTS 1225 20th St. CH 4-2239
JOHN CHIKUMA, DDS Brighton OPTOMETRISTS
75 So. 4th Street 560 MAS KANDA, OD
1515 W. 48th Ave. GE 3-4221
MAS GIMA, DDS
1404 E. 18th Ave. AL 5-6822 BEN MATOBA, OD KE 4-1941
1959 Larimer St.
MICHAEL T. H0RI, DDS
4101 E. Wesley Ave. SK 6-0924 MISAO MATOBA, OD Ft. Lupton
Burt Building UL 7-6550
T. ITO, DDS
830 18th Street 2838 Federal Blvd. KE 4-8680 GL 5-0741 PHYSiCIAM$
Y. ITO, DDS CHARLES FUJISAKI, M.D. Brighton
SUEO ITO, DDS S. ITO, DDS 40 No. Main Street. 418
1477 Pennsylvania St. KOJI KANAI, DDS CH 4-6589 T. K. KOBAYASHI, M.D. DICK D. MOMII, M.D.
Wheatridge ALBERT N0DA, M.D.
4310 Harlan St. HA 2-5817 1227 27th Street KE 4-3104
TONY KAWANO, DDS HERBERT MARUYAMA, M.D.
1750 Humboldt St. KE 4-3084 8790 W. Colfax Ave. BE 7-4732
ROBERT MAYEDA. DDS TSURU T. OKAGAWA, M.D. 1848 W. 38th Ave.
Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-6961 GL 5-8202
TAKASHI MAYEDA, DDS Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-6961 ISAMU 0ZAM0T0, M.D. TA 5-1596
Interstate Trust Bldg
GENTA NAKAMURA, DDS
Interstate Trust Bldg TA 5-7498 HOWARD SUENAGA, M.D. 830 18th Street AC 2-1314
KEN UYEHARA, DDS 40 No. Main Street Brighton 1312 M. GEO. TAKENO, M.D.
Medical Arts Bldg., 1955 Pennsylvania St. TA 5-0783
HORIUCHI & CO., General Ins. AYAKO WADA, M.D.
1480 So. Cherry St. SK 6-3169 810 23rd Street TA 5-2565
BEN YANAGA, Occidental Life Ins. MAHITO UBA, D.0.
1751 York Street FL 5-7321 1230 21st Street MA 3-3743
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
AJAs COMPETE IN
Four AJAs competed In the 27th
Stste Prep Wrestling Championship
tournament at the Englewood Field
House, Feb. 22-24, 1962.
DWIGHT SHIMODA represented the
Adams City team at 112 lbs., and
PAUL SASA of Brighton competed at
120 lbs., as did EUGENE WATADA of
Ft. Lupton in Div. II, while FRED
YAMASHITA wrestled at 145 lbs for
Mapleton High School.
Unfortunately, none of the AJA
wrestlers were able to reach the
finals, in the State championship
The former CNBL has been re-
organized as the Denver Japanese
Basketball League, and games are
being played each week.
FLOYD ITO, CH 4-7276, and TED
TSUMURA, CH 4-7093, are managing
both the Jr. and Sr. YBA teams.
RUPE ARAI is coaching the Cub
Scouts of Simpson Church, in the
rudiments of basketball playing.
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MATS ITO WINS
MATS ITO won the Queen's Tour-
nament championship on Sun., Feb.
25th, in the 30th annual Denver
Women's Bowling Assn. Tournament,
by rolling a steady 201, 187, 171
and 205, for a total of 764. 54
of the top women bowlers of Den-
ver, with averages of 161 or more
competed for the title of Queen
of Denver women bowlers.
Among the 4,000 women bowlers
competing in the week-long event,
CHIZ NAKAYAMA with a 600 took the
AA Singles crown.
VI NISHIMURA tied for sixth in
the AAA Singles, with a 566. At
one time, VI was tied at 4th, but
dropped to 6th in the final post-^
ings. Earlier in the tournament,
ALYCE KARA and MARY MIYAUCHI with
1039 were 5th in the AAA Doubles,
but failed to place in the final
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MTN-PLAINS REGIONAL BOWLERS
GARNER PRIZES AT NATIONAL
MATS ITO and KEN MATSUDA, both of Denver, teamed to win the Mixed
Doubles title at the 16th Annual Nat'l JACL Bowling Tournament, held
in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Mar. 5-10, 1962.
JOHN SAKAYAMA and BOB MAYEDA, both of Denver, came within 24 pins
of taking the Men's Doubles crown, but had to settle for second place
behind the team of Howie Wong and Tom Yego of Sacramento.
More than 40 regional bowlers from the Mtn-Plains area were in the
money, in squad prizes or by placing in the awards columns, but were
unable to take top honors, except in the Mixed Doubles. Winners of
r~------------------------------- some of the major prizes were, as
DBAC'S 1962 follows:
HARRY NITTA, Chrmn of the Den-
ver Buddhist Athletic Commission,
reported that the 1962 Trout Der-
by is open to all members of the
TSBC, or its affiliated organiza-
tions. Registration is open un-
til July 31, 1962.
To qualify, trout must be ta-
ken in Colorado waters, by legal
means, between Apr. 1 Oct. 31.
Official weighing station is
G & F Grocery at 2960 Champs St.,
with FRANK HIRAOKA in charge.
The contest is divided into 4
divisions, and registration fees
are as follows:
MEN'S ALL-EVENTS: (1918*)
4th: 9th: KEN MATSUDA, Dvr. JOHN SAKAYAMA, Dvr. 1852 1837
WOMEN'S ALL-EVENTS: (1734)
5th: AMY KONISHI, R.F. . 1633
MEN'S SINGLES: (713*) 7th: KEN MATSUDA, Dvr. . 624
WOMEN'S SINGLES: (608)
9th: MATS ITO, Dvr . 548
WOMEN'S DOUBLES: (1112)
3rd: JANE HADA and AMY KONISHI. . 1099
MEN'S 6 -GAME SINGLES: (1261)
5 th: 6th: JIM OTA, Dvr. BILL OKUBO, Dvr . 1234 1233
$3.00 for Adult Men, over 16
$3.00 for Adult Women, over 16
$1.00 for Juniors, 10-15 incl.
Free for Small Fry, 1-9 incl.
Winner of Men's Div. will be
awarded the YAMAMOTO TSUKAMOTO
Trophy and winner of Women's Div.
will win the CAROLYN TAKAHASHI
Trophy, plus prizes.
There are also special awards
for the largest trout caught any-
where, and mid-season awards to
be made on July 31, 1962.
The Fishing Derby Chrmn of the
TSBC is GEORGE UMETANI, who re-
minded anglers that the Kick-Off
meeting is scheduled on Mar. 28.
4609 E. Colfax Ave., FR 7-1923
Denver 20, Colorado
DENVER JUDOISTS WIN
BROWN BELT TOURNEY
The Denver School of Judo won
a clean sweep in every division,
including the Grand Championship,
at the Open AAU Brown Belt tour-
nament, held at Lowry AFB, during
Feb. Denver School judoists took
every event against six or seven
other clubs and independents, who
were competing for titles.
GEO. KURAMOTO noted that the
judo-kas from Denver School were
all competing in higher weight
classes, above their own weights.
158 lb. FRED YAMASHITA won the
Grand Championship, as well as
heavyweight title, by defeating a
240 lb. opponent in the finals.
STEVE ISHIM0T0 won the 140 lb.
title, and TOM TABUCHI took the
160 lb. championship, while JOHN
WIDMAR was champion of the 180 lb
division. All of the champions
are from the Denver School of
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NEWS' USE OF
TOM MASAMORI, Mtn-Plains JACL
cabinet officer, called attention
that The Rocky Mountain News, in
writing about the Ice Hockey Team
from Japan, referred to members
of the team as "pint-sized Japs",
in its sports columns.
Protest was immediately filed
with The Rocky Mtn News, recog-
nizing that over-all the policy
of The News has been fair and ob-
jective, but that the racial epi-
thet "Japs has no legitimate ba-
sis in newspaper reporting. The
Rocky Mtn News promptly printed
apologies and regrets.
The Mtn-Plains JACL office re-
quested any persons finding that
news media, including radio and
TV, books, or persons still using
the opprobrious terra, out of ig-
norance or malice, should refer
the matter to the JACL for reme-
Authoritative dictionary cita-
tions have been compiled to com-
bat this insiduous practice.
THAMPTON ICE HOCKEY TEAM, pictured above on Mar. 6th, before
.mtarklnK by bus tor tta"BrS3Â£>or Hotel from Stapleton Airport in
Denver, swept undefeated thru their schedule of five games In the "B"
* p -- Pool of the 1962 World Ice Hockey
TOWN TALK, cont'd:
WILLIAM Yo TAKAHASHJ., M.D., of
Boulder, Colo., was recently ap-
pointed as Associate Professor in
Pediatrics at the CU Medical Cen-
ter in Denver, Colo. He is also
President of the Boulder County
HARRY OKUNO, of Fuji-En and of
20th St. Cafe, suffered a heart
attack but is recuperating satis-
factorily, tho slowly.
CHARLENE IKEYA is in Hawaii,
visiting her mother, who is seri-
Japan's "B" World Champions
came through in impressive style,
compiling the following record:
JAPAN vs. France. . WON, 10-8
JAPAN vs. Australia . WON, 13-2
JAPAN vs. Austria . WON, 7-3
JAPAN vs. Holland . WON, 20-2
JAPAN vs. Denmark . WON, 13-1
The Japanese champions were
feted at a victory dinner, by the
Colorado Nikkei-Jin Kai, on Sat.,
Mar. 17th, at Akebono Restaurant,
in Denver, Colorado.
KITAGAWA, Holly.......... GIRL
3455 Columbine St., Dvr.
KUMAGAI, Dr. Tom......... GIRL
4053 W. Gardenia Drive,
Phoenix 21, Arizona.
TASHIRO, Sam................ BOY
Rt. 1, Brighton, Colo.
YAMAMOTO, Tad T. ..... a BOY
2715 St. Paul, Denver
MARY EIKO SONODA, 2553 California
St., Denver; wife of Harry So-
noda, mother of Mrs. Rosa Odow
of Denver and Mrs. Midori Ona-
ga of Hawaii.
ARITO YAMADA, 3031 Lawrence St.,
Denver; survived by wife Ruby,
and 9 children; son of Kiehi-
saburo Yamada, all of Denver.
KICHISABURO YAMADA, of 1947 Law-
rence St., Denver. Survived
by 9 grandchildren.
*010 UMtm ST.
DEnvtR is, cow-
REV. JONATHAN FUJ1TA became a
naturalized U.S. citizen, during
Feb., and the FUJITA family moved
to a new home at 3634 Holly St.,
during Feb. ESTHER FUJITA (Mrs.)
received a special award and ci-
tation for outstanding work at
the USAF Finance Center.
KENNY MAMBA and BOBBY FUJIOKA
received greetings from Uncle Sam
and reported for active Army duty
on Mar. 14th.
GAIL TAKAMINE was elected 8th
grade President at Smiley Jr. Hi.
Our LAUREL DEE YASUI is Pres, of
the student council at Washington
Park School. (Poppa braggingl)
HIDEO ASAN0, of Japan, age 28,
and an eligible bachelor, has now
been employed by D-C Truckers for
a year's training in order to as-
sist in the firm's export-import
business in Japan. D-C Truckers
have a business office in Tokyo
Cathay Post held their annual
members' bowling tournament, with
FRANK KAMIBAYASHI, BOBBY IWATA,
JOE SAKATO and JACKSON ISHIDA in
first place. Bottom team members
were RUPERT ARAI, TOM MASAMORI,
RUTHIE KAMIBAYASHI, and "Old Pro"
JOHN NOGUCHI, who struggled to
get a 174 high game!
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MOUNTAIN-PLAINS AJA NEWS
FOR TRIP TO JAPAN
NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Mtn-Plains JACL confirmed
air charter transportation to the
Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan, and
announced that applications will
be received from any Boy Scout in
the Denver metropolitan area for
the trip to Japan.
Tentatively the charter flight
leaves Los Angeles on July 19 and
will return to U.S. on Aug. 19.
Dates of the Scout Jamboree in
Japan are Aug. 2-7, 1962.
Individual tours of Japan will
be permissible during free dates,
at the Scout*s own expense.
Scouts applying for the Mtn-
Plains JACL trip to Japan must be
duly registered as a Boy Scout,
at least 14 years of age, and be
of Star rank or higher, with the
World Brotherhood merit badge.
Applications to attend the in-
ternational Scout Jamboree under
Mtn-Plains JACL sponsorship must
be accompanied by $25.00 deposit,
and if accepted, the Scout or his
family must show not less than
$200 cash available for personal
expenses in Japan.
Written approval by parents or
guardian must accompany the app-
Applications may be filed with
the Mtn-Plains JACL Office, 1225-
20th St., Denver 2, Colo.
AJA GRADS AT CSC
FOR WINTER TERM
Six Americans of Japanese an-
cestry graduated during the win-
ter quarter, from Colorado State
College, at Greeley, Colo., with
B.A. degrees in Education. The
winter term grads are:
ROY FUJIMOTO .
ROBERT HIGASHI .
HARRY ISHIGURO .
MILDRED MAEDA. .
L. A., Calif.
LORRAINE YAMASHITA Agana, Guam
CATHAY POST NEWS
Despite the disastrous fire on
Mar. 12 which put The Cathay Post
temporarily out of business, the
Post voted to carry on!
JOE SAKATO, Comdr., stated the
annual Fun Night and Benefit will
be held on Sat., May 5th, as ori-
ginally planned. An RCA Color TV
will be the grand prize! All net
proceeds will be earmarked for
sponsorship of AJA Delegates to
Colorado Boys' State in June.
The highly successful Hawaiian
Luau will be staged again by The
Cathay Post at Slovenian Hall, at
4464 Washington St., this year on
Tues., July 3rd. Be sure to cir-
cle that date!!!
INTERMOUNT AIN COLLEGIATE STUDENTS* 1962 "SWEETHEART QUEEN", at the
"February Fantasies" Dance held at Colorado State College in Greeley,
Colo. QUEEN CHARLENE U0NG of CSC, in center, flanked by Princesses
DORIS KUSUN0 of CSU, at left, and JUDY SAITO of CU, at right.
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QUEEN CHARLENE, age 19, is a
sophomore, majoring in Phys. Ed.,
at CSC, and hails from Hawaii.
DORIS KUSUN0, 18, is a fresh-
man at CSU, majoring in Home Ec.
She is a 1961 honor graduate from
Lovington Hi, in New Mexico.
JUDY SAITO, 19, is a sophomore
at CU, majoring in Elementary Ed.
She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
T. SAITO of Denver, Colo.
General Chairman for the Dance
was NATCHI MATSUNAMI, CSC student
from Omaha, Nebr. (Photo credit:
KEN HIKIDA Photo Studio, Greeley,
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