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 chosen 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!
The seminar application will go live in mid-April, 2019. Please check back then and be sure you are on our email list (go to our home page and scroll down to subscribe)! Meanwhile you can read below about last year's seminar.
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!
2018 Schedule and Featured Instructors
Weds, Dec 5 morning: Tomoko Sasaki - Shonishin
This impressive Osaka-based clinician, 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 second year to provide instruction in classical Shonishin (continuing on Dec 6 to show her methods for adults). Sasaki sensei will show us the ginkgo-leaf shaped shonishin technique ("Yoneyama") with methods are based on the Huang Di Nei Jing and Nan Jing.
Weds, Dec 5 afternoon: Yukari Miyawaki and Kazuto Miyawaki - Cosmetic Teishin
Miyawaki Yukari sensei is known as the spouse and assistant to our honored guest teacher of prior years, Kazuto Miyawaki. We learned she is a special practitioner in her own right; in addition to her knowledge of Miyawaki's intricate style, she is skilled in teishin (non-insertion needle) facial techniques. This very safe and fascinating treatment may find a place in your clinic and will at minimum bring your curiosity to life. We are so pleased that Kazuto Miyawaki and Yukari Miyawaki will teach the class together and assist us in practicing their techniques.
Thurs, Dec 6: Tomoko Sasaki - Chinetsukyu and Shiraku
Sasaki sensei joins us on the second day to share her elegant treatment approaches including minimalist acupuncture, jing-well moxa root treatment, chinetsu-kyu moxa, shiraku (micro-bloodletting) and more. Sasaki sensei taught a very fun and well-received class with us last year, impressing us with her accessible teaching style and highly practical techniques. We look forward to seeing her again!
Friday, Dec 7: Dr. Yoshito Mukaino - Mukaino Method ("M-Test")
Mukaino sensei is 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. What does this results-based, real-time method have in store for us as KM practitioners? We can't wait to find out. We will also be lucky to have Yuki Itaya sensei present to help interpret and assist Dr. Mukaino.
Saturday, Dec 8: Matsue Koshiishi - Koshiishi-kyu Method
We are very honored to re-invite the wonderful Koshiishi Sensei, based out of Tokyo, who will teach her method of moxibustion. Her style involves direct moxibustion on top of shiunko cream in a way that rapidly spans areas of the body, including traditionally contraindicated areas like the face and sensitive skin, and on active conditions like psoriasis and acne. In 1968, Koshiishi Sensei's teacher, acupuncturist Koichi Ando, used shiunko to treat his aunt’s cancer and developed Shiunko-kyu from this experience. Koshiishi Sensei in turn has deeply researched the technique in all its subtleties in order to apply Shiunko-kyu to extremely diverse situations with efficacy. She will introduce her basic protocols and then we will watch her demonstrate on live cases.
Optional guided activities
Mon, Dec 3 (afternoon): Osaka Acupuncture-Moxibustion Museum tour
Tues, Dec 4 (all day): Day trip to tour moxa factories (morning) and souvenir shopping in Shiga town (afternoon)
Weds, Dec 5 (evening): Visit to famous Namba district in Osaka for dinner and fun
Friday, Dec 7 (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 9 (all day): Osaka seminar with Kiiko Matsumoto (in Japanese-- English translation available)
This seminar has limited seating in an effort to maintain practical instruction, and therefore is only open to experienced practitioners who have an established Japanese Style acupuncture practice. It does not provide instruction in Japanese acupuncture basics or Kiiko Style. There are many other opportunities to study with Kiiko Matsumoto sensei and her instructors around the world and online-- see here for Kiiko's schedule.
The seminar usually fills up very quickly. Applications are processed on a rolling basis after an initial submission period of 2-3 weeks. If we have a high volume we may automatically waitlist less-experienced applicants (recent graduates or limited experience with Japanese style/Kiiko style), allowing entry only if there are enough openings. 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.
Depending on the language ability of the presenter, the seminar is usually taught in Japanese with English interpretation and handouts.
Class Time/Location: All classes are approximately 9am-5pm with a lunch break. We guide participants to the classroom location which is very near Shin-Osaka station.
PDA Credits (USA): 28 NCCAOM (approved) and CA (pending)
Tuition: $700, includes instruction, English interpreters, gifts for the teachers, and light bento lunches.
Lodging: Lodging arrangements and cost are the participant’s separate responsibility. We specify recommended business hotels near the Shin-Osaka Station within walking distance of our classroom. The estimated cost per night is $65-$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 cancellations/refunds.
Kiiko sensei's Sunday class: Kiiko Matsumoto *does not teach* at the Japan Study Seminar although she is involved in selecting our guest instructors and will be present at the classes. Kiiko sensei will teach a separate full-day seminar on Sunday, Dec 9, 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.
The seminar is full. Waitlist ONLY (apply below)
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. 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."