Great Earthquake in Nepal April 25th, 2015; Response and Support Documentary

September 12, 2015

J M

April 25th, 2015 On April 25th, 2015, a devastating earthquake with the magnitude of 7.8 struck Nepal. Over 8500 people died and over 20,000 people were injured. The destruction was catastrophic and many treasured historical sites, temples and shrines were reduced to rubble.  Our sincere sympathy to all of the victims of this tragic disaster in Nepal. The Nepal Army …

AHAN Nippon Kan Izmir, Turkey

August 22, 2015

J M

Report August 22nd, 2015 My home of Izmir and the surrounding areas are famous as a quite, scenic retreat on the Aegean sea. In the past weeks however, my hometown has changed drastically. Reports on refugees fleeing Syria are international news story and problems have begun here. In my country of Turkey, the total population has increased by 30% with …

Cross Cultural Visit from East Naruse Village, Japan

August 18, 2015

J M

August 18-24, 2015 Nippon Kan’s cross-cultural relationship with the East Naruse Village in Akita Prefecture, Japan began about 20 years ago. This past August, The Mayor of East Naruse village, Tetsuo Sasaki and a delegation of six others came to Nippon Kan Headquarters for a visit. The purpose was to explore new ideas for cross-cultural programs with Nippon Kan in …

AHAN Nippon Kan Bilay House Thailand

August 15, 2015

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Report August 15th, 2015 Pumpkin Harvest The fields of tapioca are growing very well. Along with the tapioca we used extra space to plant vegetables and pumpkins. The pumpkin have also grown really well and we had a good pumpkin harvest! One of our goals is to make Bilay House completely self sufficient and these crops will go a long …

Dento Iwama Ryu, Shin Shin Aiki Shuren Kai Seminar Stephanie Yap Sensei Teaches at Aikido Nippon Kan

August 14, 2015

J M

Aug 14-16, 2015 This year’s 2015 Summer Seminar included special guest instructor Stephanie Yap Sensei- Dento Iwama Ryu 7th Dan. Stephanie Yap Sensei is a premier USA Official Instructor for Dento Iwama Ryu under Nihe Saito Jukucho http://iwamashinshinaikido.com/. With permission and recommendation by Nihe Saito Jukucho, Yap Sensei came to Aikido Nippon Kan Headquarters in Denver to teach a three …

2015 Summer Uchideshi Graduates

August 1, 2015

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NOTES FROM EDITOR: In March Homma Kancho and Nippon Kan students visited Nepal. Less than a month after their return, Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake on April 25th, 2015. Since that fateful day, AHAN Nepal emergency supply and long term support projects have taken the highest priority at AHAN Nippon Kan General Headquarters in Denver. The recovery from …

2015 Aikido Nippon Kan 30- Day Summer Seminar

July 31, 2015

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July 31st -August  31st, 2015   The Aikido Nippon Kan General Headquarters Summer Seminar is unique in many ways. One of the most challenging and beneficial aspect of this seminar is that it held for a period of 30 days of continuous practice. This dynamic seminar is not designed as some Aikido seminars are as an expensive vacation weekend retreat …

24th Annual Spring Volunteer Project

July 13, 2015

J M

June 13, 2015 The springtime weather in Colorado this year was unusually bad with snow as late as Mother’s Day! June 13th however was a beautiful day for our 24th Annual Spring Volunteer Project. These projects are now organized by the Denver Parks Department city-wide, but the first volunteer projects for the city were actually organized by Nippon Kan. This …

Nippon Kan Homeless Meal Service Project Report

July 1, 2015

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June-September 2015 On the third Sunday of almost every month for the last 25 years, I have served food to the homeless in Denver. At each monthly service between 250 and 350 meals are served. Some of our guests get a little tricky; changing their t-shirts or taking off their hats to get into line again for a second meal. …

Homma Kancho Visits Thailand and Vietnam

July 1, 2015

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July 1st-6th, 2015 Thailand-Visit to Bilay House AHAN Nippon Kan Supported Facility This visit was Homma Kancho’s second visit to Bilay House this year. The purpose of the visit was to check on the health and welfare of the students living at Bilay House and to check the facility conditions, maintenance concerns and any new projects. Good news to report; …

Tradition and Roots; Beginner’s Class Enrollment Blooms in Summer

July 1, 2015

J M

July-Aug 2015 This year, enrollment in our Nippon Kan beginning Aikido classes has gone up. The number of graduating beginners that have gone on to become regular members has also been on the rise. Why the increase in students? We have been running a beginning class ½ price special this year, but I don’t think that is the reason. It …

AHAN Nippon Kan Mindanao Philippines

June 14, 2015

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Report June 14th, 2015 Badjao Tribe Children Support AHAN Nippon Kan supports the Badjao tribe, an ocean migrant tribe of immigrants that have settled near Illigan City, home of AHAN Mindanao. In 2013, after serving meals for over three years, AHAN built the New Life Learning Center for the Badjao people. A few days ago AHAN Mindanao gave the New …

Minoru Yasui Inn of Court Annual Dinner

June 11, 2015

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June 11, 2015 On June 11th, Domo Restaurant hosted the annual Minoru Yasui Inn of Court Dinner for the eleventh consecutive year. In 1996, the Minoru Yasui Foundation awarded Homma Kancho the award for Volunteer Commetment and Service and in the last decade has been a supporter of AHAN activities around the world. This year, the Foundation made a generous …

Nippon Kan Cross-Cultural Field Trip Studies

June 1, 2015

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June-Aug 2015 In most years, March through May are the months when most of our school cultural fieldtrips are scheduled. This year however we had requests for fieldtrips throughout the summer. The fieldtrips are about 2 hours in length and are usually  held from 10:00 am. to about noon.  Since the fieldtrips are held in the mornings during the week, …

Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan, Founder and Head Shihan of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo’s Visit to Denver

June 1, 2015

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June 1st-3rd, 2015 Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan, Aikikai Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Head Shihan (http://www.kobayashi-dojo.com/english/ ) stopped by Aikido Nippon Kan General Headquarters on his way to teach a seminar in Omaha, Nebraska June 1st-3rd, 2015. In 2014 direct flights from Tokyo to Denver were added by the airlines which made Denver a transition stop in Kobayashi Soshihan’s travel itinerary. Kobayashi Shihan …