Aikido Nippon Kan – Uchideshis of Summer 2019

August 11, 2019

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15 uchideshis, qualified and selected for Aikido Nippon Kan’s 2019 Summer Marathon Practice Seminar, have begun their summer training routine of the minimum 6 hours of ‘keiko’ per day. Amazing appetite and sleep well By the way, what are they holding??? To be continued…

Oman AHAN Representative’s visit to Japan

June 4, 2019

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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

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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

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          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

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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

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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

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   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 …