A Friendship through “Kagami Mochi”

January 23, 2023

  The mochi placed at the front of the Dojo for the New Year’s Day and the following days is called “Kagami Mochi”. Kagami mochi is made up of two flat round mochi with the smaller one placed atop the larger one with a daidai (a Japanese bitter orange), kombu and other offerings, per local customs and traditions, placed on …

Keiko Hajime, 2023

January 15, 2023

  The Keiko Hajime event and a New Year’s gathering event were held to commemorate the arrival of the New Year. A day after these events, we received a sad news that Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, a pioneer of Aikikai Aikido in the U.S., had died. At the time of the United States Bicentennial, Aikikai Aikido in the U.S. was under …

Starting the New Year and New Initiatives at Bilay House

January 10, 2023

About 60 people live together at Bilay House. Improved oversight structure is being put in place to make sure a safe and healthy living environment for them while I continue being an advisor and a supporter, with your warm support and understanding, for the facility. I will be returning soon to the frigid weather in Denver from Thailand where it’s …

A Story about “KOMEBITSU (米櫃)”:

December 28, 2022

  What is a “KOMEBITSU”? Before talking about it…  I met her for the first time in Oman, an Arabian country located in southwestern Asia.  She had been invited to the Islamic state by a highly influential local person to stay in the country for a long term to teach Aikido to local women and children.  However, she had to come back …

A visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand

December 17, 2022

  I paid a visit, after 3 years, to Sombato Tapanya Sensei, who is not only a psychology professor at Chiang Mai University, but also an Aikido instructor at a university dojo as well as Renshinkan dojo at his house. Sombato Tapanya Sensei has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years, and there are many Aikidoists who have learnt Aikido …

Wonderful physical abilities

December 16, 2022

  Children at Bilay House have been growing up in nature, and they have naturally developed good coordination, great reflexes and overall wonderful motor skills. However, their weakness is in how they use their motor skills. Today’s class focused on helping one another to foster a sense of teamwork by practicing to evacuate under an emergency situation.  

Going back to the basics to teach a youth class

December 16, 2022

  On the 2nd day to teach a youth class during my visit to Bilay House in Thailand, I am reminding myself to get back to the basics. This class is for youngsters and young adults aged 15 and up to 19, and I find it not so easy to teach a group of youths with such a wide age …

Another visit to Bilay House in Thailand

December 14, 2022

  About a 250km drive on a highway to the west from Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, and on the western side of Ratchaburi province (Changwat) near the border with Myanmar, there is a village called Tako Lang Village. A farm road, that is somewhat eroded by rain water with wild groves encroaching upon it, leads to Bilay House …

A Status Update on the Nepal Military Aikido

December 12, 2022

  For Aikido training will soon be commenced at Nepalese military schools, Aikido demonstration was performed in front of over 3,000 students. Aikido training program will also be commenced at Nepalese military academy. Aikido training within the Nepalese Armed Forces got its start in 2006 with the initial focus on training the members of the Nepalese Army Rangers in Aikido, …

The Making of a Harmonious Japanese Meal

December 2, 2022

  This fish startles almost everyone who sees the fish for the first time, but this fish is very delicious. I visited Hitohira Saito Sensei in Iwama after a long while. When I told him before about a seemingly tasty fish what I had watched on Japan TV in the U.S., he said, “When are you gonna come the next …

“Aikido Nippon Kan also peels potatoes and carrots.”

November 27, 2022

This time veggies for meals for 100 people were prepped after the morning practice to be cooked the next morning, and the meals will be delivered to the usual site to be served from 11:30 AM. Over 98,805 free meals have been served to those who are in need since 1992. We agreed on eating together once in a while, …

It’s time for lunch~~~

August 21, 2022

  “Let’s make Japanese curry together before Aikido practice.” The day I make curry when I visit the Bilay house with everyone. Good job!

Aikido classes are about to begin!

August 19, 2022

Aikido classes are about to begin!Since Bilay House was inaugurated 12 years ago, I have been telling the children that I am just a restaurant owner and I have never told anyone about my Aikido side; however, because how information spreads has drastically been changing nowadays, some children seem to have found out about the other side of who I …

Notice of the Re-Start of Beginners’ Classes

March 1, 2022

By Gaku Homma Founder & Kancho of Nippon Kan The last Beginner’s Class at Nippon Kan was taught almost 2 years ago in March 2020 before all classes were put on hold due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Photos attached are from Aikido Nippon Kan’s Beginner’s Class from 40+ years ago. Notice all the wonderful smiles of the …

What has been happening at Aikido Nippon Kan over the last two years?

February 27, 2022

The coronavirus pandemic, which has created chaos throughout the world, seems to have become more under control recently in different regions. As such, many of us are trying our best to bring back the pre-COVID normalcy while continuing best practices for infection prevention measures. Since early 2020, Aikido Nippon Kan has had to be resilient and adaptive given disruptive waves …