Japanese Acupuncture with Masakazu Ikeda

Still in the throes of jetlag, I have decided to attempt to put the essence of my experience in Japan into words before I immerse myself in the editing of a plethora of images.

I trust that the sensory perceptions received by me in the clinic of Japanese master acupuncturist Masakazu Ikeda sensei will come into play in the most positive way for my patients when I recommence Acupuncture practice in clinic this week.

For it is here, in the world of unspoken action that the true meaning of my visit to Imabari lies.

img2009-03-10-084248_edit_blog Ikeda sensei’s clinic in Imabari, Japan

Precious few words were exchanged during my visit, due in the main to my incredibly poor Japanese language skills and the Japanese custom of passing on clinical skills through observation and practice, first and foremost.

img2009-03-12-095056_edit_blog Masakazu Ikeda, Imabari, March 2009

I spent my time either watching Ikeda sensei or his students practicing in clinic, reading in it’s entirety, ‘Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, Fundamentals of Meridian Therapy ‘, written in the main by Ikeda sensei on behalf of the Society of Traditional Japanese Medicine, watching on DVD Ikeda sensei’s groundbreaking 3 day Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshop at Bond University in August 1996 on the Gold Coast, eating or sleeping.

img2009-03-14-184917_edit_blog Awesome deshi, Ayako, Takeshi, Mai, Yasunori

As a crack of thunder crashes across the evening sky my body wrestles with the climatic differences of southern Japan and the Gold Coast.

There were a couple of days where the maximum temperature did not get into double digits.

img2009-03-12-093414_edit_blogOne of a number of sources of Yang energy in clinic, note the Yin energy perched atop the flame.

img2009-03-12-082236_edit_editYet another source of energy, a gift to Ikeda sensei from me on behalf of Australian Acupuncturists in August 1996.

I am unsure what the minimum temperatures were, other than to say that a full rug up was required immediately upon sunset.

From the moment I left Kansai airport on the outskirts of Osaka Japan until I returned I did not see a single gaijin (Westerner).

In a nutshell, my journey was incredibly challenging, sometimes humorous and ultimately rewarding on both personal and professional levels.

From the inevitable frustrations of being ‘lost in translation’ at all levels of life including eating, to the deep and abiding social politeness of Japanese culture my awareness was fully challenged.

img2009-03-12-122817_edit_blog Ikeda sensei with his dedicated and fully committed deshi.

I trust that these challenges and the subsequent learning is transmitted through my practice of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, my patients benefit in the utmost and my students are cognitive of subtle change in my hands.

I am starting to see double which I take as a sign for me to close.

More thunder and lightning reinforces this decision.

I hope you are well and happy.


Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture.  For well over a decade, independent of and in conjunction with Masakazu Ikeda sensei and Edward Obaidey, Alan has presented, convened and hosted in the vicinity of 30 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, New Zealand and USA. Driven by a strong desire to promote the consumer friendly nature, clinical efficacy and potency of Meridian Based Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, Alan is a staunch advocate of practically based workshops and draws upon his 25 years clinical experience and 14 years post and undergraduate teaching in a concerted effort to lift the bar globally in the clinical application of this most amazing medical art.

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About Alan

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. As a staunch advocate of practically based workshops, Alan draws upon his 35 years clinical experience and 23 years post and undergraduate teaching. Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 70 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, Europe, and USA.


  1. Alan it is always a pleasure to read and see your expeariance. But this was something else. A profound change occured by going though the trials and tribulations that travelling through asia presents.
    Thank you for sharing your story and I look forward to continueing my learnings with you.

    • Thanks Nadja,
      Delighted you enjoy.
      It is both a privilege and pleasure to share my experiences with you.
      Big gratitude for the life that I lead.

  2. Dr.Anil Ganvir says

    Hi, This Is Dr Anil Ganvir from India, I Am Planning To Visit Tokyo On 2nd December to 9December 2017.
    Sir I Am Interested In Observing, Japanese Acupuncture in Japan.
    How Can You Help Me ?
    Dr. Anil Ganvir


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