The Japan Study Seminar is taking a break in 2020, but please check back for 2021 dates!
Join Kiiko Matsumoto, internationally renowned acupuncturist, and practitioners from around the world for a 4-day Japanese Acupuncture seminar in Osaka, Japan, this December 11-14, 2019. The seminar will feature acupuncturists curated by Kiiko Sensei for their experience, skill, and interest to practitioners of her style. Study in an intimate setting while enjoying the cultural milieu of Japan, and the company of colleagues from around the globe!
Please read the application criteria and details below before submitting your online application. There is a link to the application at the bottom. Arigatou gozaimasu!
2019 Schedule and Featured Instructors
Weds, Dec 11: Tomoko Sasaki - Chinetsukyu & Seitai
This impressive Osaka-based clinician and teacher, whose style is rooted in the lineage of Hitoshi Nagano sensei (長野仁, not to be confused with Kiiko's teacher Kiyoshi Nagano), returns for the third year to provide instruction in her masterful use of Chinetsu-kyu (large-cone heat sensing moxibustion) and another one of her specialties, Seitai (gentle orthopedic balancing techniques). Her approaches also include acupuncture, jing-well moxa root treatment, shiraku (micro-bloodletting) and more. Sasaki sensei has been extremely well received by our international audience in years past and we look forward to seeing her again!
Thursday, Dec 12: Kazuto Miyawaki with Yukari Miyawaki - 8 Extra meridians and Teishin
Senior practitioner Kazuto Miyawaki of Osaka is known widely for his use of abdominal diagnosis according to patterns of disharmony in the 8 Extraordinary meridians. Gentle treatment of master-couple points with direct moxa, "E-Q" moxa, contact needling and teishin are emblematic of his approach. Treatment of the back and local treatment with needles and teishin will also be explored. Assisted by his wife and fellow skilled clinician Yukari Miyawaki, he will guide us through lively hands-on practice. We are so pleased to host the Miyawaki couple again at our seminar.
Friday, Dec 13 (half-day): Dr. Yuki Itaya - Okyu-Do
Yuki Itaya, DAOM has appeared at our seminar during recent years as assistant teacher to Koshiishi sensei and Dr. Mukaino. The only authorized instructor of Koshiishi-style moxibustion outside of Japan and also a senior instructor of Mukaino method, she has led courses on moxibustion and Mukaino method around the world. She is also a trustee of the important UK-based charity Moxafrica, which researches applications of direct moxibustion in the treatment of tuberculosis. Dr. Itaya will demonstrate her clinical specialties which include using direct moxibustion for infertility and skin conditions such as psoriasis. The class will include hands-on practice in okyu techniques. We look forward to having her as our guest instructor.
Saturday, Dec 14: Dr. Yoshito Mukaino - Mukaino Method ("M-Test")
We are welcoming back for a second year Dr. Mukaino, a Fukuoka-based medical doctor whose original approach has developed an international reputation. His first exposure to medicine was through his father, a renowned acupuncturist, who treated many serious conditions at the family home. This early exposure had a strong impact on Dr. Mukaino and his goal has always been to bridge the gulf between acupuncture and Western Medicine. The M-Test was developed out of a need to create a standardized and repeatable acupuncture protocol, one that could be understood and accepted by his physician colleagues. Inspiration for the M-Test came in part from working with athletes in the Sports Science Department at Fukuoka University. Now, the M-Test is used at Fukuoka University Hospital and is part of the curriculum for first year medical students. We will also be lucky to have Yuki Itaya sensei present again this year to help interpret and assist Dr. Mukaino.
Optional guided activities
Mon, Dec 9 (afternoon): Osaka Acupuncture-Moxibustion Museum tour
Tues, Dec 10 (all day): Day trip to tour moxa factories (morning) and souvenir shopping in Shiga town (afternoon)
Weds, Dec 11 (evening): Visit to famous Namba district in Osaka for dinner and fun
Thurs, Dec 12 (evening): Group dinner at Japanese restaurant with Kiiko Matsumoto, teachers, students and volunteers.
(Additional costs apply to optional activities. More information will go out to accepted applicants.)
Sunday, Dec 15 (all day): Osaka seminar with Kiiko Matsumoto (in Japanese-- English translation available) - this seminar has a separate cost and registration.
The Kiiko Japan Study Seminar has limited seating in an effort to maintain practical instruction, and therefore will prioritize practitioners who have an established Japanese Style acupuncture practice. Our seminar usually fills up very quickly. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Please be patient after submitting your application as we will get back to you as soon as possible. Do not make travel arrangements until we can confirm your ability to participate.
The seminar is taught in Japanese with English interpretation and handouts.
Class Time/Location: All classes are approximately 9am-5pm with a lunch break. (This year Friday's class will be from 9-1 and we will have the afternoon off.) We have a new location this year-- Outenin, a Buddhist temple near the Namba neighborhood of central Osaka.
PDA Credits (USA): 25 NCCAOM and CA (pending)
Tuition: $700, includes instruction, English interpreters, gifts for the teachers, and light bento lunches.
Lodging: Lodging costs are the participant’s separate responsibility. We specify a recommended business hotel within walking distance of our classroom and provide information and assistance if needed on making reservations. The estimated cost per night is $75-$80 for a single. A light breakfast is included in hotel cost. We will communicate with accepted trip participants about the hotel reservation process.
Travel information: Travel arrangements and cost are the participant’s separate responsibility. We recommend making your flight arrangements in August or September, and flying early into Japan to assuage your jet lag. The closest airports are Kansai and Itami, near Osaka. Enjoy some of the beautiful sights and history of the area! Osaka is located in the southern region of Japan, a 30-minute train ride from the outstanding cultural attractions of Kyoto and many more throughout Kansai province. Osaka has its own attractions including a famous castle, the vibrant Namba urban market, a 7-story aquarium, and more.
Deposit and refunds: A $150 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance to the seminar. See our policies page about cancellation refunds of non-deposit amounts. Due to the complexity and expense of international arrangements no refunds or transfers are provided after our stated deadline of September 1st. Please secure travel insurance to cover your costs in case of illness or family emergency.
Kiiko sensei's Sunday class: Kiiko sensei will teach a separate full-day seminar on Sunday, Dec 15, the day after our seminar, in Osaka, in Japanese. If you would like to attend with English interpretation this will be available to a limited number of people (we provide an option below to check if you're interested). This seminar is hosted by the team in Japan and has a separate tuition and interpretation fee.
Seminar full! We are accepting applications for the waitlist.
Qualified applications submitted sooner will be given priority so don't wait! Just a reminder that because space is limited, application does not guarantee your acceptance to the seminar, which depends on the qualifications described above (see the section on "Application criteria"). We will inform everyone as soon as possible of their standing, and will only process deposits for those accepted to the seminar. Please be patient while we process applications. Thank you.
Feedback on previous Kiiko Japan Study Seminars:
"The 2013 Japan trip was a DEFINITE highlight in my professional life. It was an incredible opportunity to meet, learn and spend time with Masters and like-minded fellow practitioners. It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to nut things out with others and to get a more in-depth understanding of this rich tradition of acupuncture in its country of origin. I returned home deeply enriched, enthusiastic and inspired."
"I loved all the hands on!!! A Good way to learn instead of just lectures!!! I would love to return!"
"Studying Acupuncture in Japan with Kiiko and her teachers was amazing. I also loved experiencing Japanese culture, food, and hospitality."
"It was an incredible experience and a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in the culture where Kiiko and her teachers spring from. Would love to go again."