Nippon Kan Vice President, AHAN President Visits Morocco

March 15, 2005

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March 15-21, 2005 Written by Kazumi Yoshimura Nippon Kan staff Emily Busch, President of AHAN and I traveled to North Africa this past March for a cross-cultural visit to learn about women and Aikido in Morocco. The trip was short, but in one weeks time we were able to visit the cities of Fez, Rabat and Casablanca. We met up …

Homma Kancho Visits Nepal and Mongolia January 26th February 12th, 2005

January 26, 2005

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Nepal Report Written by Nepal coordinator Puja Rai After finishing up the busy New Year’s schedule of events at Nippon Kan headquarters in Denver, Homma Kancho took off for his first visit abroad for 2005. This trip was to take Homma Kancho to Nepal to do preliminary research for AHAN project development through Nippon Kan. The trip, January 26th-Feb 3rd, …

Nippon Kan AHAN Mongolia

June 22, 2004

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New Project Begins A new project has taken shape in Mongolia for Nippon Kan and AHAN with Homma Kancho’s visit. For the past three years, AHAN has been supporting an orphanage in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Upon recent evaluation, it has been determined that the Mongolian government and other foreign aid agencies have been able to provide enough support for the orphanage …

Just Wait Little Children, Just Wait a Little Longer…

December 1, 2003

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By Emily Busch Nippon Kan Vice President Our bus dipped and swayed as we made our way slowly through a maze of tenement apartment blocks. The paint, blistered by years of exposure to the elements, was peeling badly from the endless rows of buildings. There were no curbs, sidewalks or gardens, only barren patches of earth where children played between …

Aikido for a Cause

November 30, 2003

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by Jorge Gibbons 11-30-03 For three days in Mexico City, from November 7-9, 2003, I had the opportunity to participate in an Aikido seminar whose purpose and direction embodied many of the tenets that practitioners in general usually neglect: community, service and interdependence. The spirit of Aikido was masterfully displayed in the concrete acts of the event’s organization, the compassion …

My Impressions of the AHAN Fundraising Seminar in Mexico City

November 30, 2003

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by Marjorie Garner 11-30-03 The members of Mexico Aikido Take Musu Aiki very generously took care of us during our visit to their city. Picking us up at the airport, we celebrated Homma Sensei’s visit with a wonderful welcome dinner at Jose and Guadalupe’s home. Everyone was very organized and solicitous, and they served us a fine Mexican meal and …

Visit to the Casa de la Amistad

November 30, 2003

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Recipients for the Mexico Fundraising Seminar for Children with Cancer. By Emily Busch AHAN President Note All photos have been taken with the permission of the facility and its guests. After the three-day fundraising seminar for children with cancer drew to a close, we went to visit the Casa de la Amistad, the beneficiary of our fundraising efforts. Located in …

Mongolian Aikido Federation Founder Visits Nippon Kan

January 20, 2003

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1/20/03 On January 20th, 2003 Nippon Kan was host to the Founder of Aikido in Mongolia, Mr. Damdinpurev. The history of Aikido in Mongolia began with the fall of Russian Communist rule in 1991. As Mongolia began to emerge as a democratic nation, so began the practice of Aikido in this distant land. The first fledging practice was held in …

A few words from Sensei on the Winds of Mongolia

December 27, 2002

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I would like to say a few words about the upcoming concert featuring the Winds of Mongolia folk singing ensemble from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. You may ask, why Mongolia? Mongolia was very important in the life of my teacher, the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Attempting to build a utopian society in 1924, Founder Ueshiba left Japan to find his dreams …

Traditional Mongolian String Instruments in Denver

December 27, 2002

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Nippon Kan Brings   As part of Nippon Kan’s AHAN Mongolia Project, Nippon Kan purchased ten morin huur from Mongolia this past June. The morin huur is one of the most popular traditional Mongolian string instruments, whose heritage goes back centuries. Played somewhat like a viola, the morin huurhas two strings that traditionally are made from horsehair. A horsehair bow …

Nippon Kan Receives Third Denver City Council Resolution Recognizing Nippon Kan’s Contributions to the Community

December 3, 2002

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December 3rd, 2002 On Monday, December 2nd, 2002 Nippon Kan President Doug Kelly and A.H.A.N President Emily Busch were present at the Denver City Council Meeting held at the City and County Building across from the State Capitol. Resolution 75, Series of 2002 was introduced and sponsored by City Councilmember Deborah Ortega from District 9. The Resolution was Nippon Kan’s …

Nippon Kan Receives Recognition from the Denver Parks Department

November 23, 2002

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On November 23rd, 2002, the Denver Parks and Recreation Department held its 2002 All Volunteer Recognition Reception at the Chief Hosa Lodge near Evergreen in the foothills outside of Denver. Nippon Kan was recognized as “Outstanding Volunteer Partner” and awarded a plaque presented by Denver Parks Department Volunteer Coordinator Joan Wilson. Nippon Kan was commended as an outstanding volunteer partner …

The Winds of Mongolia Fundraising Concert a Great Success!

March 21, 2002

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by Emily Busch AHAN President Thursday, March 21st, 2002 6:00 AM. The previous day had been warm with a hint of early spring in the air. We woke on Thursday morning to a flurry of snow. It was show time. Although we had dreamed about it since our last visit to Mongolia in July of 2001, the concert had come …

Put the Beds to Bed Project

October 13, 2001

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October 13th, 2001 Under the direction of Gaku Homma Sensei over eighty Nippon Kan volunteers gathered for the 11th Annual “Put the Beds to Bed” project in conjunction with the Denver Parks and Recreation Department. Every fall, the flower beds in Civic Center Park located directly west of the Denver State Capitol Building need to be turned for winter. It …

Special Fundraising Seminar in Memory and Support for the Victims of September 11, 2001

September 22, 2001

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Conducted by Kancho Gaku Homma Sensei September 22, 2001 By Emily Busch, AHAN President   Under crisp blue skies, there was a familiar feeling of fall, a change of color in the leaves, a chill in morning air. The Nippon Kan gardens still had not lost their bloom, but something was different this September morning…the flag in the garden was …