2017 Shorinji Kempo World Taikai Homestay Program

Upon completion of the World Taikai and Study Session, the United States Shorinji Kempo Federation (USSKF) will hold the Homestay Program. This program is for friendship among Shorinji Kempo kenshi of different countries and cultures, based on the philosophy of Shorinji Kempo, “Half for one’s own happiness, and Half for the happiness of others,” as well as the World Taikai Theme, “Be  the bridge. Make the world better, one person at a time.” USSKF is currently looking for host families which can accept kenshi from all over the world. Your cooperation in this program would be appreciated very much. 

Name: USSKF Homestay Program

Organizer: United States Shorinji Kempo Federation (USSKF)

Purpose: To let kenshi from other countries have experience of living in the U.S. or Canada. It is one of the friendship activities for the World Taikai and the Study Session. This program is voluntary.

Date & Length: from Aug. 2 or 3, to Aug. 6 or 7, 2017. Approximately 3 nights 4 days (depending on travel schedule)

Sample schedule: Day 1: Kenshi will fly from California and the host family will meet them at the nearest airport.

Day 2 – 4: The host family’s schedule.

Day 5: The host family will see them off at the nearest airport. 

Location: Anywhere in the U.S. and Canada

The number of kenshi per family: 1 or more

Cost: Kenshi will arrive with their own money. The host family will not need to provide spending money and not receive any pay.


1. Each Branch Master (BM) finds any volunteers who can be host families in the branch.

2. BM fills in the form on the following page and emails it to Karahashi sensei Yoshi@shorinjikempo.net and cc to aritakazuki@gmail.com (Arita).

Shorinji Kempo Host Family Application (Word)

Notes: There may be no kenshi for some host families due to a certain condition such as the number of kenshi who will apply, location, etc.

The final closing date is May 31st, 2017.

Our challenge/support is as follows;

- Promote to have more host families by kenshi, their families and friends.  In the past, USSKF has asked kenshi to be host family.  So far only 30 host families out of 100 targets.

- Promote this programs to all branches in the world; USSKF Website and new Facebook Page.  Especially, Facebook page can be explored by SHARE.

Currently, the home stay is introduced to offer after seminar; that is, August. However, some kenshi (who are seriously participating for Taikai) might want to come here earlier for jet lag recovery.  If so, we should also offer host family program before Taikai for few days.  Let me offer this to the USSKF boards and if OK, I will connect with WSKO.

If you have any question, please e-mail aritakazuki@gmail.com.