Building a New Wall

November 7, 2013


November 7th, 2013 In November we built a stone wall to expand the dormitory kitchen. The wall was built with the advisement of Homma Kancho to help with drainage. We also tiled the ceiling for heat protection.                               Reported by Pastor Bilay Bilay House Orphanage, Thailand

Homma Kancho’s Visit to Japan

October 29, 2013


Oct 29-Nov 4th, 2013 After a visit to the remote village of Higashi Naruse to meet with alumni cross-cultural exchange program staff, Homma Kancho toured 4 nominated sites for a new AHAN Nippon Kan Japan Branch training center location. Back in Tokyo, Homma Kancho met with AHAN Nippon Kan Japan Branch alumni staff to discuss current and future projects. Reported …

AHAN Nepal Training Center Ground Breaking Ceremony (Video)

October 25, 2013

Andre Turrettini

October 25th -28th , 2013 Watch the video of the AHAN Nepal Training Center Ground Breaking Ceremony   Homma Kancho during the ground breaking ceremony. Construction begins! The Nepal Army Rangers are now teaching Nippon Kan Aikido and unarmed combat technique as part of basic training throughout the Nepalese Army. On October 25th-28th, Homma Kancho, NPO Nippon Kan President Doug …

Bilay House Traditional Heritage Center; Construction Begins!

October 21, 2013


Oct 21-24, 2013 There are still many refugees from Myanmar that find refuge in Thailand, and the independent AHAN Bilay House near the Myanmar-Thailand border cares for refugee children from the Myanmar Karen tribe. The Karen children have taken up weaving or what they call TaTa in their local language. Pastor Bilay’s wife has already begun teaching the children this …

Lincoln Academy Elementary

October 17, 2013


October 17th, 2013 Nippon Kan General Headquarters school fieldtrip program is popular with children from Denver Metro and front range schools and in 2013 over 1000 elementary school children visited Nippon Kan for a traditional Japanese experience. Usually these fieldtrips are held in the spring to coincide with Asian study schedules, but this past October 17th the children of Lincoln …

Fall Volunteer Project: Putting the Beds to Bed

October 13, 2013


October 13th, 2013 It was quiet, beautiful and a bit nippy in Washington Park at 8:00 on October 13th, as Nippon Kan students began to gather for the project ahead. For the past 23 years, Nippon Kan students have worked on this annual project with the Denver Parks Department; turning the park flower beds for winter. The flowers must be …

Denver Japanese School

September 29, 2013


September 29th, 2013 There are many students in the Denver metro area whose education is conducted in Japanese. On September 29th, 30 students, teachers, parents and guardians visited Nippon Kan Headquarters to study traditional Japanese culture as part of their sociology studies. Nippon Kan Headquarters has a traditional Japanese Folk Art museum with authentic artifacts from the countryside of Japan. …

A Harvest of Plenty, From AHAN Bilay House-Ta Ko Lang, Thailand

September 22, 2013


September 22nd, 2013  Large yield of corn this harvest. This summer’s vegetable harvest was plentiful. Pastor Blay’s wife has also begun teaching traditional Karen weaving to the children at our new Heritage Center. Life has been good at the Bilay House this summer, the only exception being that we lost some fish and ducks in our ponds. We finally figured …

From AHAN Bangladesh, New Additions to the Madrasa Orphanage and School

August 24, 2013


August 24th, 2013  New Madrasa classrooms. AHAN has been supporting the Madrasa Orphanage and School for Girls since 2006. In 2008 AHAN funded the building of the new building that currently houses up to 100 girls. On August 1st, 2013 construction on a new adjoining Madrasa facility officially began that is projected to house an additional 100 girls. The new …

Family Day for Aikido Nippon Kan Youth Class

August 17, 2013


August 17th, 2013 The third Saturdayof every other month is Family Day for our Youth Program Classes and on that day parents and guardians are invited to watch or join in the class with their children. On all other days, parents and guardians are not allowed to watch Youth Program classes. This policy is in place so that children’s attention …

New Addition to the Bilay House; Karen Tribe Traditional Heritage Center

August 12, 2013


August 12, 2013 This summer the Bilay House Orphanage in Ta Ko Lang, Thailand was expanded with the purchase of an adjacent 1650 square meter parcel of land. The property has a building that will be used for the new AHAN Bilay House Heritage Center; a center where traditional Karen tribe weaving and other crafts will be produced.  It will …

Flood Rescue and Relief Efforts

August 7, 2013


August 7th, 2013               Using boats to ferry supplies and people through the floods. The Kayin state which is the home province of Principal Than in Myanmar experienced its first floods in 50 years. As President of the Kawkareik Township Association, Mr. Than returned home to assist in flood relief efforts; providing food and …

AHAN Nippon Kan Summer Fundraising Marathon

August 5, 2013


August 5th-September 3rd, 2013 AHAN Nippon Kan General Headquarter has been providing over 5 tons of rice per month to orphanages and learning centers for children in Bangladesh, Thailand and Myanmar for the past 8 years. To date, over 160 tons of rice have been provided in support of these AHAN projects. Part of the foundation of AHAN Nippon Kan …

AHAN Summer Marathon Youth Challenge

August 1, 2013


August 1st- September 28th, 2013 The Nippon Kan Youth Members also joined in the summer marathon with a two-month practice challenge of their own. Additional Youth Program classes were held during the week on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and all Youth Program members were invited to join the challenge. The challenge was instructed by Nippon Kan Summer Challenge uchideshi …

Nippon Kan General Headquarters Uchideshi

August 1, 2013


Spring-Summer 2013 Ms. Ava Yancha From Illigan City, Mindanao Island Philippines, Ava Yancha is the AHAN Mindanao Coordinator. Ava attended the summer marathon this August on scholarship as her third term in the Nippon Kan Uchideshi Program. Ava holds the Nippon Kan rank of second degree black belt. Mr. Arturo Alvarez From La Paz, Bolivia, Arturo is a practicing lawyer …