INFLUENTIAL LEADERS WHO HELPED SHAPE COLORADO

This section is designed to honor the significant contributions of Japanese-American community leaders. Sakura Square, located at 19th and Lawrence Streets, is considered the heart of this community and within its beautiful Japanese garden, three statues stand as memorials to individuals who impacted the lives of many: Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai, Governor Ralph Carr, and Minoru Yasui. We begin this section by honoring these men along with Bill Hosokawa.

JARCC realizes the inclusion of this current list is only a beginning and recognizes/realizes that others should be included.

In order to make this section more comprehensive, the community is welcome to contribute names for inclusion in this section.  Requests for submission are asked to include biographical information and a summary of the major contribution(s) to Colorado’s history. Click below for the submission form.

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WILLIAM 'BILL' KUMPEI HOSOKAWA

1915 – 2007; Japanese American author, journalist, civil rights activist and diplomat;
Born in Seattle, Washington;
Both parents immigrated from Japan/Issei;
1937 University of Washington, majored in Journalism;
Wife: Alice; Children: Mike, Susan

RALPH CARR

Believed the Constitution protected all Americans, believed in Japanese Americans’ loyalty, did not send Japanese Coloradans to camps;
Born in Rosita, Custer County, CO;
University of Colorado, law degree 1912;
1922 moved to Denver, became Assistant Attorney General;
1929, appointed U.S. Attorney General for Colorado by President Herbert Hoover;
Wife: Gretchen, Children: Robert, Cynthia (both adopted)

MINORI YASUI

1916 – 1986

Born in Hood River, Oregon;
Third son to Japanese Immigrants (Issei);
1939 University of Oregon, School of Law;
1939 Became speechwriter for Japanese Consulate in Chicago, Il;
1941, resigned position with Consulate, returned to Portland;
Practiced law in Denver after appealing decision barring him from practicing in Colorado to the Colorado Supreme Court;
Wife: True Shibata; Children: Iris, Holly, Laurel

REVEREND YOSHITAKA TAMAI

REV. YOSHITAKA TAMAI
October 25, 1900 – September 25, 1983;
Born in Toyama-ken, Japan;
Attended Toyo University, Major: Philosophy;
1926 completed post-graduate studies;

He was a revered and respected gentle priest, whose kindness and compassion touched many. He ministered to the spiritual, cultural and social needs of Buddhists in Colorado and surrounding states.

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