Springtime Maintenance for the Nippon Kan Gardens

April 8, 2014


April 8th, 2014 The Nippon Kan Japanese gardens were created 19 years ago. With the budget we had to work with at the time, most of the plants were $10 plants we found in the “reduced for sale” bins at the local hardware store. The garden is decorated with a foundation of large Colorado boulders and has ponds and a …

Finishing Military Service

April 4, 2014


April 4th, 2014 After finishing military service, I am now back to normal life. Military service was tough, but I really think my uchideshi training at Nippon Kan helped me to complete it. I am now a trainer at a gym and have started teaching Aikido again in my free time. I received an offer from an Aikido group in …

Nippon Kan Logo Change

April 1, 2014


April 1st, 2014         Nippon Kan has changed its logo, officially adding AHAN to its name to become AHAN Nippon Kan. Please link here to read about the meaning of the new logo characters and more about AHAN Nippon Kan.

Studying Education in the United States

March 26, 2014


March 26, 2014 Not only uchideshi, Nippon Kan General Headquarters has other visitors from all over the world. International guest come to visit Nippon Kan to learn more about the United States with a hands-on approach. This past March, Mr. Shishikura came to visit Nippon Kan from Japan after graduating with a major in education from the university. Ms. Moriyama, …

Culture Fieldtrips at Nippon Kan

March 21, 2014


March 21st, 2014 Cultural fieldtrips began in March this year for Elementary and Junior High School students in Denver. These special fieldtrips offer young visitors an authentic traditional Japanese experience with tours of the facility, museum and gardens, Aikido and calligraphy demonstrations and hands-on origami and Japanese games. To complete the experience, the tours end with a Japanese lunch at …

Flying the Japanese Flag at Half-Mast

March 11, 2014


March 11th, 2014 Nippon Kan is a US Federal and State Non Profit organization (501(c)3) and all of the Nippon Kan Board Members are American. Therefore, since the beginning, we have flown the American flag in the Nippon Kan gardens every day. Every day that is with two exceptions. The Japanese flag is flown on December 23rd in honor of …

AHAN Mindanao Support for the Badjao Tribe

March 5, 2014


Illigan City Mindanao, Philippines March 5th, 2014 A deadly outbreak of measles struck the Badjao tribe outside of Illigan City and many of the children were gravely infected. AHAN Mindanao organized to bring aid and medical supplies supervised by the Red Cross. Although access was limited, AHAN Mindanao was able to assist by providing these supplies. The Badjao tribes do …

Homma Kancho and Staff Visit to Bilay House

February 11, 2014


Ta Ko Lang, Thailand February 11-13, 2014 Special Nippon Kan Advisor Scott Roney and retired Consul Haruo Yamagami from Japan accompanied me to Ta Ko Lang, Thailand for a visit to the Bilay House Orphanage. The Bilay House was built by AHAN in 2012 and houses over 20 orphaned children on a full-time basis. Bilay House is located in a …

AHAN Nepal Training Center (ANTC) Grand Opening (Video)

February 7, 2014


Kathmandu, Nepal February 7th, 2014 Construction on the AHAN Nepal Training Center began in October 2013 and to celebrate its completion, the Grand Opening Ceremony was held on February 7th, 2014.  Homma Kancho, Special Nippon Kan Board Advisor Scott Roney, Retired Consul Haruo Yamagami and special Japan journalist Terada Misao flew to Nepal to attend this very special event. Nepal …

Nepal Army Rangers- United Nations Peace Keeping Missions

February 2, 2014


February 2nd 2014               The Nepal Army Rangers are one of the most active contributing forces in current United Nations peace keeping operations around the world. Currently there are Nepal Army Ranger battalions stationed in Sudan, Syria and Iraq. Since the practice of Nippon Kan Aikido has been adopted as part of Ranger basic …

Sittwe, Myanmar update

January 2, 2014


January 2nd, 2014 Nippon Kan staff member Soe visited the town of Sittwe, Myanmar this past winter. On this visit he went to check on the orphanage that AHAN has been working with to restore the dormitory quarters for the children currently living at the orphanage. AHAN has also been assisting in the rebuilding of the Mahatini temple adjacent to …