N E W S L E T T E R     AUGUST / SEPTEMBER    2023       
Keeping Heritage and Culture Alive!
 FORE!  Don’t forget JACGP 38th Annual 
GO FOR BROKE Golf Tournament – Fri. August 11th! 
Please come together
 to combat hate and promote  

Sponsored by the Asian Roundtable of Colorado

You are invited to attend the
 “Action Against Hate Workshop” 
at the Light of Christ Church
4000 West Yale Avenue – 80219

Saturday, August 19th, 2023
1:00-3:00 PM
For more contact information:
or register:
Simpson Annual Peach Sale 2023 
An outstanding opportunity to support the ministry of Simpson UMC 
AND enjoy some of the best peaches in town!

Peach orders need to be received by the church on August 18th with payment.
Please copy order form attached to this email and mail completed form, including a check made payable to: 
Simpson United Methodist Church
6001 Wolff Street
Arvada, CO 80003
Attn: Peach Sale Committee 

Share the form with your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or all peach enthusiasts!
Kiki Usuda

2023 JARCC Scholarship winner

Kiann or “KiKi” is the daughter of Kim and Keita Usuda and a graduate of Northglenn High School. During each year at Northglen, KiKi was a member of the Northglenn Marching Band, Honor Roll, and National Honors Society. She was the Northglenn Drum Captain for the marching band and winter percussion her junior and senior years. KiKi has also received the Award for Best Presentation Execution last year and the Award for Best Centerpiece Build and Design this year. In her spare time, she has volunteered at many Japanese American events such as Sakura Matsuri, Go For Broke Golf Tournament, etc.

KiKi wrote in her essay on how the recent violence against Asian Americans has impacted her perspective; “The uproar of people from all different backgrounds in the world who supported the Stop Asian Hate Movement was extremely uplifting, as I knew with hatred came love as well. Centers of help for struggling Asian citizens became more known, and people began to speak up and defend not only Asian Americans being targeted, but anyone who was being wrongfully discriminated against.” She will be studying Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall.

The weather didn’t dampen spirits as everyone enjoyed the Nikkei Jin Kai Annual Picnic at Berkeley Lake Park this past Sunday, August 6th!

Onigiri, Beef Teriyaki, watermelon and delicious desserts headed the menu while the Japanese dancing and Taiko performances were the highlights of the day! 
A great time was shared by ALL!

Left: Consul-General of Japan MIKAMI Yoichi/ Millie King
Pictured below: Japanese dancing in the park
Thank you to all who attended our trip to the 
Denver Botanic  Gardens with the 
 Retired Educators of Cherry Creek Schools to view the “Amache Rose” film directed by Billy Kanaly! 
Pictured: “Amache Rose” producer Billy Kanaly and Jeanne Nozawa, an Amache Camp survivor
Thank you to all who attended the Denver Botanic Gardens event on June 8, 2023. After being greeted with a beautiful Colorado morning and the annual Bonsai Convention, everyone gathered in the Sturm Family Auditorium to view the documentary, Amache Rose. Following the showing, producer of the film Billy Kanaly, held a question and answer session. Billy revealed the latest theories about the species of this rose and shared that several rose cuttings have been given to Tagawa Gardens for propagation. The intent is to provide each Amache survivor/descendant with one of these cuttings in the next few years. We were excited to have Jeanne Kuruma Nozawa, an Amache survivor, in our audience. Other attendees were descendants of various camp survivors of Rohwer AR, Minidoka ID, Tule Lake CA, Heart Mountain WY, as well as several attendees from Amache CO. JARCC Board member, Millie King, presented a brief history of Bill Hosakawa including his many contributions to the Japanese American community. In commemoration, the Denver Botanic Gardens dedicated the naming of the Bonsai Pavilion after him. Larry Jackel, DBG Bonsai curator, then took the group to the site of the thriving Amache Rose on the way to the Bonsai Garden. Once inside the Bonsai Pavilion, Larry shared a  humorous story about diligently caring for Bill’s statue with a “morning shower” every day. The event ended with refreshments, lots of conversations and revisiting the garden where the DBG Amache Rose is located. Participants voiced many positive comments on this co-sponsored event with the Retired Educators of Cherry Creek Schools (RECCS).
Denver Botanic Gardens curator Larry Jackel showing the first blooms of the Amache Rose – transplanted and propagated from the original rose bush discovered at Camp Amache in May 2022 and surviving adverse weather conditions after nearly 80 years.
Thank you to all who attended the AARP Workshop on July 29th at Simpson! 

AARP representative Mark Fetterhoff presented a very informative workshop about preventing identity theft, fraud threats and numerous other scams that are occurring frequently to seniors and other internet users. 
The event was well-attended and Mark expressed interest in leading other workshops in the future about concerns facing many seniors in today’s world. 
The AARP workshop series have been very popular as seniors tackle roadblocks in all areas of life – We look forward to in attendance in the future!

Pictured below: Mark Fetteroff addressing concerns and questions at the AARP Workshop series
who attended JARCC’s

Saturday JUNE 17TH and Sunday JUNE 18TH
at this year’s CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL at Sakura Square!
THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers Amy, Gabi and Kaz for their tireless skills at our checkout!
We had an amazing time meeting you! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!



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