Japan Cross-Cultural Exchange Report

June 1, 2005

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June 1st, 2005 Cold Weather and Warm Hearts Written by Chris Abeyta Nippon Kan student Nippon Kan student Chris Abeyta has returned from a successful extended four month study over the New Year in AHAN’s cross-cultural program in Higashi Naruse Village of Northern Honshu, Japan. Since 1990 Nippon Kan has sent special students to participate in this long-term live-in study …

Homma Kancho Attends the Aiki Expo 2005

May 27, 2005

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May 27-29, 2005 Written by Rick Thompson Nippon Kan Instructor, Yama Dojo Homma Kancho attended the Aikido Journal sponsored Aiki Expo 2005 this past May 27-29th, 2005 as an instructor accompanied by Nippon Kan Instructor Rick Thompson and Assistant Instructor Michael Barerra. Homma Kancho and assistants introduced Nippon Kan’s method of teaching to attending Aikidoka at the Expo held this …

AHAN Nepal Report

May 25, 2005

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May 25th, 2005 Written by Puja Rai AHAN Nepal staff coordinator Puja Rai sent us word that the school supplies donated by Homma Kancho on his visit to Nepal in January of this year had been distributed to the Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery. The supplies were received by Senne Missi Lama who sent a personal thank you letter, receipt and …

A Friend for Life; Women I met in Morocco

April 2, 2005

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By Kazumi Yoshimura April 2nd, 2005 Why do people want to travel? To visit spectacular places? Enjoy exotic cuisine? Escape their own reality? Everyone can agree that these are legitimate reasons and I would like to add one more of my own; to immerse oneself in an unfamiliar surrounding. Doing this definitely forces us to think about our own lives …

Aikido, a New Wind in Morocco; a Woman’s Perspective.

March 27, 2005

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By Emily Busch AHAN President March 27th, 2005 The town of Fez, has a history of over 1000 years. Today the hustle and bustle of life in Fez remains a living testament to its long and colorful past. Fez, the Arabic name for “the town of profits”, is divided into sections, the oldest of which are the medinas or walled …

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

Andre Turrettini

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 …