A visit to Nippon Kan by a group of delegates from Higashi Naruse Village, Japan

August 16, 2017


It’s been 27 years since the Higashi Naruse village and Nippon Kan formed an alliance to facilitate cultural exchange programs.  Nippon Kan welcomed 5 high school students and 3 village staffs this year.  The group of delegates from the village not only visited a few public elementary schools, a local farm, but experienced American lifestyles through a short-term home-stay program.  …

About Nippon-Kan AHAN meal service

May 26, 2017


AHAN Homeless Meal Service is one of the activities of “AHAN”, the humanitarian support operations division of Aikido Nippon-Kan, a federal 501 c 3 non-profit organization. AHAN Homeless Meal Service is carried out on the third Sunday of every month, and this year marks the 26th year since its beginning. The records show 195 people were served with free meals …

Aikido Nippon Kan –Starting off the New Year 2017 with a Bang!

January 12, 2017


Photos capture the spirit of the New Year at Nippon Kan General Headquarters, Denver, Colorado USA Keiko Osame –Last Practice of the Year Dec 30th, 2016 Keiko Hajime-First Practice of the Year January 4th, 2017 First Beginning Aikido Classes of 2017 January 9th, 2017 Aikido Nippon Kan offers 18 sessions of Beginning Classes per year. Off to a good start, …

Nippon Kan Homeless Meal Service

December 18, 2016


8 Degrees Fahrenheit As some of our Nippon Kan homeless meal services have been done in blistering heat, this meal service was frigid cold. The temperature in the alley behind the St Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Auraria Campus hovered around 8 degrees Fahrenheit. Even in these bitter cold conditions over 200 guests were served outside with ample portions of …

Aikido Nippon Kan Keiko Soran

December 10, 2016


Homma Kancho led a practice review clinic on December 10th, 2016 for select Nippon Kan students eligible for promotion in the New Year. It was a full day of practice with students of all levels working together under Homma Kancho’s watchful eye. Homma Kancho demonstrated his adept understanding of technique and foundational weapons relationships were also explored. Gaku Homma, Nippon …

Nippon Kan October Homeless Meal Service

October 16, 2016


It was a HOT one! A beautiful October day with temperatures in the 80’s. Over 300 meals served by Nippon Kan volunteers including special guests Denver Councilwoman Debbie Ortega and her family. Nippon Kan meals for the homeless are served behind the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Auraria college campus in downtown Denver. Homma Kancho and Nippon Kan have …

Nippon Kan’s 26th Annual Fall Volunteer Project Putting the Beds to Bed at Civic Center Park

October 8, 2016


1 hour and 55 minutes to finish the project…breaking our record from last year! Nippon Kan youth and adult students, families and friends spent the morning at Denver’s Civic Center Park by the State Capital in downtown Denver this morning, “Putting the Beds to Bed”. Nippon Kan has been working with the Denver Parks Department for the last 26 consecutive …

AHAN Nippon Kan Milestone; 80,000 Meals Served to the Homeless in Denver

September 18, 2016


For 26 years, every third Sunday of the month, Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho and hundreds of volunteers have quietly been building a legacy of service in Denver. This August, a new milestone was reached with 80,000 meals served to the homeless in Denver. All meals have been funded, prepared and served by Homma Kancho with Nippon Kan members, Domo …

AHAN Nippon Kan Cross-Cultural School Tour Program

July 14, 2016


For the past 39 years, Nippon Kan has been toured by thousands of children from schools in the metro Denver area. Program includes a facility, museum and garden lecture tour, aikido demonstrations, hands-on origami and Japanese games and a traditional bento box lunch at Domo Restaurant. On July 14th, School Tour was conducted by Emily Busch, AHAN Nippon Kan Vice …

AHAN Nippon Kan Homeless Meal Service

June 19, 2016


100 degrees and 290 meals served! It was a HOT one! Homma Kancho, up at dawn preparing the meals, led the charge today in AHAN Nippon Kan’s monthly meal service to the homeless in Denver. This year marks the 25th year of service for Nippon Kan to the homeless in Denver and this summer we will pass the milestone of …

AHAN Nippon Kan 25th Annual Spring Volunteer Project

June 11, 2016


In association with the Denver Parks Department, AHAN Nippon Kan students, family and friends spent the morning at  Rocky Mountain Lake Park in Denver volunteering to work on a number of projects for the park.  After a good morning stretch, the group divided into 4 teams to work on tree mulching, painting, weeding and spreading new sand for the horseshoe …

Cross Cultural Visit from East Naruse Village, Japan

August 18, 2015


August 18-24, 2015 Nippon Kan’s cross-cultural relationship with the East Naruse Village in Akita Prefecture, Japan began about 20 years ago. This past August, The Mayor of East Naruse village, Tetsuo Sasaki and a delegation of six others came to Nippon Kan Headquarters for a visit. The purpose was to explore new ideas for cross-cultural programs with Nippon Kan in …

Nippon Kan Homeless Meal Service Project Report

July 1, 2015


June-September 2015 On the third Sunday of almost every month for the last 25 years, I have served food to the homeless in Denver. At each monthly service between 250 and 350 meals are served. Some of our guests get a little tricky; changing their t-shirts or taking off their hats to get into line again for a second meal. …

Minoru Yasui Inn of Court Annual Dinner

June 11, 2015


June 11, 2015 On June 11th, Domo Restaurant hosted the annual Minoru Yasui Inn of Court Dinner for the eleventh consecutive year. In 1996, the Minoru Yasui Foundation awarded Homma Kancho the award for Volunteer Commetment and Service and in the last decade has been a supporter of AHAN activities around the world. This year, the Foundation made a generous …

Food Service for Those in Need in Denver

March 22, 2015


March 22nd, 2015             2015 is our 25 year of meal service to those in need in Denver, and we have served over 76, 000 meals to date. Sometimes people feel uncomfortable or even a little afraid of the homeless members of our society, but in my own experience, I have never been harmed in …