Oman AHAN Representative’s visit to Japan

June 4, 2019


Dr. Nasser Al Breiki, AHAN representative in Oman, and Rachid Alaoui Sensei, who teaches Aikido in Oman, the capital city of Muscat, with Dr. Nasser Al Breiki, were visiting Japan, and they visited, led by Homma Kancho, the HQ Dojo of Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai in Iwama to be treated with a special keiko session by Hitohira Saito Jukucho. Rachid …

A Bridge between the U.S. and Japan: ~ A visit by Representatives from the City of Salida from Colorado, U.S.A. to Higashi Naruse village in Japan ~

June 3, 2019


Approximately 150 miles from the city of Denver, less than 3-hour drive through beautiful roads in Rocky Mountains, nestled and hidden in beautiful mountains, the city of Salida, known as the “Heart of the Rockies”, is a hole-in-the-wall like tourist destination that offers various river leisure activities in summer and skiing and other winter sports during winter months. The city …

Congratulation to the 301st Monthly Meal Service! December 1991 ~ May 2019 for more than 88,749 meals served!

May 22, 2019


          At Nippon Kan, we don’t finish muscle training at the count of 10.  We shout, “ONE More!”, and we finish at the count of 11.  We add “One More” to make sure we do the job right.  And this is the Nippon Kan’s way of basic training & muscle training.           The 300th milestone was reached last month, and the …

Morocco in 2012, and 7 years later with the same mint tea

May 8, 2019


Casablanca in 2012 It is best to enjoy a cup of mint tea in Morocco if you want to enjoy the passage of time slowly.  It easily takes over 30 minutes from when you fill up a kettle to when you have a cup of mint tea in front of you .  It’s an extremely slow drink to be served.  …

What can be learned from Judo

April 26, 2019


When I was visiting Japan a short while ago, I noticed a poster at a large public Budojo (martial arts training hall), and I couldn’t help taking a photo of the poster.  And as the final Judo matches of All Japan Women Judo Championship were on the air on TV Japan the other day, I noticed the catchphrase of MIND …

Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido (December 14, 1883 ~ April 26, 1969

April 26, 2019


   Earlier in the morning before he and I left for Aikikai Hombu (HQ) in Tokyo, he worshipped at Aiki Shrine in Iwama and worshipped Amaterasu Oomikami (Sun Goddess) while looking at the Sun, as he had always done.  After this ritual, he went around a few small shrines called “hokora (祠)” placed at different locations on the property to offer …

Happy Easter!

April 21, 2019


AHAN Meals Service Project: Total of 88,562 meals served! 300th Anniversary of the Monthly Project after 28 years since 1991 So many people have helped in many different ways over the years to hit this anniversary milestone!           Much Thank You to each and every one of all the volunteers! AHAN Meals Service Project has been supported by donations of …

Preparations for establishing AHAN Japan Branch Office of Aikido Nippon Kan, a U.S. Non-Profit Organization:

April 11, 2019


Aikido Nippon Kan’s AHAN Initiatives have been providing educational, medical and humanitarian support for the people in need mainly in Asia, and efforts have been made for the past several years to select a location to establish a branch office in Japan, “NPO (Non-Profit Organization) AHAN Nippon Kan Japan (tentatively named)”, in support of a vision to continue expanding various …

A Visit to Aikikai Aikido Kobayashi Dojo

April 10, 2019


           Dan Gurung, Nepalese Army Aikido Lead Instructor and Homma Nippon Kan Kancho  visited Aikido Kobayashi Dojo to pay respect, and they were welcomed by Yasuo Kobayashi Sensei, Kobayashi Dojo’s Soshihan, and Hiroaki Kobayashi, Kobayashi Dojo’s  Dojocho    Also, our much appreciation is toward all the people who helped to make it happen for Dan Gurung to participate in Aikido …

Congratulations to Morihiro II Sensei!

April 5, 2019


His succession to the name of Morihiro as the 2nd generation. Yasuhiro Saito, a son of Hitohira Saito Jukucho of the Dento Iwama Ryu and a grandson of late Morihiro Saito, who had been a worldly Aikido-ka respected throughout the world, has succeeded to the name of Morihiro as the 2nd generation, and a name succession celebration ceremony was held …

A Small Snowman

February 27, 2019


修行路は 耐えて忍んでこそ 武人なり A path of ‘Shugyo’ Is a path of enduring and perseverance For every Samurai 春光浴びれば 流れ去るのみ When Spring sunshine shines upon it, Only its departure is imminent and inevitable, like the water in a flowing river and evaporating mist in the air   —————————————————————————————-   Following the usual path, en route to a ‘keiko’ in the morning, …

You can do it when you believe you can! – Nepalese Women

February 14, 2019


Many female soldiers have been undergoing the training in the Nepalese Army Unarmed Combat Program which is based on Nippon Kan Aikido.  The Program is not only a  training in a martial art, but an effective way to encourage, promote and support Nepalese women’s social advancement, and it’s a way to pursue and practice the United Nations adopted “International Women’s …