Recent International Activities

August 5, 2017


Rich Heart: After having driven through the middle of nowhere (literally!) for a couple of hours or so, the village suddenly appeared in a valley. There we met an Afghan farmer who said he has been working away from home for about 2 years.  He says he has a wife and 8 children back home.  Although he is 42 years …

Aiki Shrine Grand Ceremony

April 29, 2017


April 29, 2017, Iwama Japan, Founder of the Nippon Kan, Gaku Homma sensei’s Visit to Japan I paid homage again to AIKI Shrine in Iwama, Japan, and to the Iwama Dojo during AIKI Shrine’s annual Grand Ceremony. The Iwama Dojo is the alma mater dojo of mine. After having paid homage to the Founder of Aikido, I visited the Dojo of …

Nepal Report – Joint Activity by AHAN Nippon Kan and Kobayashi Dojo March31 – April 5, 2017

April 1, 2017


On April 1st in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Aikido Wahei Kan Inauguration Ceremony was held at the Ranger Battalion headquarters ANTC facility. In attendance from Nippon Kan were Gaku Homma Kancho, Bryon Hays Sensei, Nippon Kan instructors Jason Breitzman and Josh Baker, along with Jerry Kishiyama, Nippon Kan President and his wife, Carol. In addition, Hiroaki Kobayashi Shihan, Aikikai 7th Dan …

Appreciation from Asia-Photo Journey

December 17, 2016


AHAN Nippon Kan and Domo Japanese Country Foods Restaurant 2016 blossomed with an outpouring of support by so many Nippon Kan Members, family and friends, Domo customers and the elementary and middle school students and teachers who participated in Nippon Kan/Domo cultural field trip programs. 100% of all AHAN contributions have always been and always will be used for direct …

Magnificent Buddhist Architecture Homma Kancho at the Thailand-Laos Border

October 29, 2016


After days of travel I found myself deep in the mountains near the Thailand-Laotian border. What I witnessed there impressed me deeply. I came upon a site where rock boulders, the size of RV trailers were being gathered and stacked high into the sky…all by winch and by hand. The local Buddhist priests of this area were painstakingly carving a …

Nepal Ranger ANTC Instructor Cadet Annual Fall Evaluation (Soran) Gaku Homma Nippon Kan Kancho’s Review

October 27, 2016


The 8th class of 40 Nepal Ranger Aikido Instructor Cadets participated in training review with Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho who visited Nepal October 25th-27th, 2016 for this Fall Evaluation Review. This is the 8th class of Nepal Ranger Instructors who have graduated from the Ranger ANTC Instructor level training courses. On October 26th, the Ranger Instructor Cadets and members …

Nepal Army Ranger ANTC Aikido and AHAN WWY Demonstrations for Embassy of Japan and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in Nepal

October 26, 2016


Mr, Yadomi Toshio First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Nepal, Mr, Masafumi Inoue, Volunteer Coordinator and Mr, Sushil Bhattachan, Chief Advisor for JICA.(Japan International Cooperation Agency) in Nepal, visited the Nepal Ranger AHAN Nepal Training Center, on October 26th, 2016. The purpose of this visit, coordinated by Gaku Homma Kancho, Founder of Aikido Nippon Kan and Chief Instructor …

Homma Kancho Checking in at AHAN Bilay House Orphanage Ta Ko Lang Thailand

October 19, 2016


AHAN Nippon Kan offers sympathy and condolences for all the people of Thailand for the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Homma Kancho paid a visit to AHAN Bilay House Orphanage in Ta Ko Lang, Thailand, to check in on Pastor Bilay and the children of Bilay House. The purpose of the visit was to see what current needs the orphanage …

Sympathy and Condolences from Nippon Kan for the Passing of Mrs. Sata Saito; wife of the Late Morihiro Saito Shihan

October 15, 2016


Services were held Saturday, October 15th for Sata Saito, the wife of the Late Morihiro Saito Shihan who passed away this week at the age of 89 in Iwama, Japan. Mrs. Sata Saito along with her husband, Morhirio Saito Shihan were long time care takers to the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Soon after Sata’s marriage to Morihiro Saito Shihan, …

Aikikai Kobayashi Dojo, Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan 80th Birthday Celebration

September 24, 2016


Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan  Kancho and Anees Khadka, Representative of the Nepal Aikido Organization in Nepal, attended the Aikikai Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan’s 80th Birthday Celebration and Seminar in Japan, Sept 24th-25th, 2016. Over270 guests attended the event from over 30 countries. When Homma Kancho was a young man, serving as the last uchideshi to the Founder, Morihei …

Children’s Day -Nepal Army Ranger AHAN WWY Youth Celebration- Kathmandu, Nepal

September 14, 2016


Children’s Day was celebrated September 14th, 2016 at the Nepal Ranger AHAN Nepal Training Center in Kathmandu. The WWY (We’re With You) Program was created by Homma Kancho after the great earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 and has been growing ever since due to the extraordinary efforts of dedicated Nepal Ranger Instructor volunteers. The program, supervised by WO2 Dhan …

AHAN Nippon Kan Cultural Teachers Exchange with Higashi Naruse Village, Japan

June 28, 2016


June 28th -July 20th, 2016 Homma Kancho and AHAN Nippon Kan have had a cultural exchange program with the quaint and beautiful village of Higashi Naruse in northern Japan since 2005. Many AHAN Nippon Kan students have visited Higashi Naruse, some on 3 month extended visits. In return delegations and representatives from Higashi Naruse Village have visited AHAN Nippon Kan …

Homma Kancho in Nepal-Ground Breaking Ceremony for new AHAN K9 Training Center

May 12, 2016


Nepal- May 12th, 2016 – Homma Kancho attends the Hindu ground breaking ceremony for a new AHAN training center for the Nepal Ranger K9 Unit. April 23rd, 2016 – Nepal Ranger AHAN WWY volunteers provide meals and school supplies for children in temporary school shelter after the earthquake in Kathmandu-Nippon Kan Vice President Emily Busch attending.

Homma Kancho visit to Thailand- First Cassava (tapioca) Harvest at AHAN Bilay House Orphanage, Thailand

May 8, 2016


Hard work by everyone- 13 hectors harvested in over 100 degree heat for over one week. This harvest is a great step forward toward independence for the children of Bilay House.As an AHAN Nippon Kan supported project, Homma Kancho stops by to help launch harvest activities. Homma Kancho and AHAN Nippon Kan first built Bilay House Orphanage in 2011. Since …