World Acupuncture Journeys in Japan

Greetings and Salutations,

Welcome to the next stage in my journey to Imabari, Japan to visit Masakazu Ikeda sensei in an effort to further develop my skill in and understanding of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture.

Today I am posting the final images of my stay in Shin-Osaka and selected images taken during my train journey from Shin-Osaka to Imabari.

The journey entailed a quick blast on the ‘Shinkansen’ to Okayama and a more leisurely ride aboard the ‘Shiokaze’ from Okayama to Imabari.

The further we traveled from Osaka the more my language limitations became evident as all signs and  announcements aboard the ‘Shiokaze’ were in Japanese only.

Fortunately for me I was able to recognize the names of the cities as we travelled over the massive and incredibly impressive bridge from the main island of Honshu to the home of Ikeda sensei on the smaller island of Shikoku.

I hope the images provide you with some pertinent insights into this fascinating journey.

Kind Regards,


img2009-03-09-091144_blogVariety is the spice of life

img2009-03-09-091157_edit_blogMost impressive 3 star chandelier I have ever seen

img2009-03-09-091218_edit_blogLikewise the Entrance to New Osaka Hotel

img2009-03-09-092629_edit_blogJapanese TV

img2009-03-09-095527_edit_blogA chilly Osaka spring 9 deg C coming from a balmy Oz autumn 25 deg C average.

img2009-03-09-091418_edit_blogSays it all

img2009-03-09-101053_edit_blogShin-Osaka Station

img2009-03-09-101234_edit_blogThe ‘Shinkansen’ runs on time every time, mine is Nozomi 5

img2009-03-09-101347_edit_blogAbsolutely no options for this gaijin at the news stand

img2009-03-09-102622_edit_blogThat’s my carriage, will be within millimetres of this sign

img2009-03-09-103320_edit_blogNozomi 5, on time to the second

img2009-03-09-103327_blogOne mean looking train, don’t want to get in it’s way!

img2009-03-09-103938_edit_blogTime to chill out as we pass the outskirts of Osaka bound for Okayama

img2009-03-09-104254_edit_blogService is exemplary, the conductors bowing as they enter and depart the carriage regularly

img2009-03-09-110559_edit_blogWndow Seat

img2009-03-09-113910_edit_blogAboard the ‘Shiokaze Express’ Okayama to Imabari, rail map of  the island of Shikoku

img2009-03-09-113924_edit_blogLost in translation yet again

img2009-03-09-114035_edit_blogShikoku is country Japan, note the comprehensive rail service.   A large poulation does have it’s advantages.

img2009-03-09-114133_edit_blogEnglish signage dissappears as we head bush.

img2009-03-09-115234_edit_blogSchool children at play, a similar story worldwide.

img2009-03-09-115429_edit_blogLast glimpse of Honshu as we near the bridge over not so troubled waters.

img2009-03-09-120900_edit_blogView from the incredibly impressive bridge from Honshu to Shikoku

Seto Great Bridge, Honshu-Sakaide, Japan

Japanese, Seto Ōhashia

A series of suspension bridges spanning the Inland Sea (Seto-naikai) between the islands of Honshu and Shikoku, Japan. The double-tiered rail and vehicular roadway is a network of six bridges, straddling a chain of five small islands, and extends 5.6 miles (9 km) over water to link the towns of Kojima, on Honshu, and Sakaide, on Shikoku. Its total length is 7.6 miles (12.2 km), and it consists of three main suspensions—the longest being the central span of Minami Bisan–Seto Bridge, at 3,667 feet (1,118 m). The Seto Great Bridge took 10 years to build and was opened on April 10, 1988.

img2009-03-09-120953_edit_blogIt’s a long way down.

img2009-03-09-121052_blogLight Industry at Sakaide ?

img2009-03-09-121114_blogMaybe not so light !

img2009-03-09-121237_edit_blogEnergy Confidence

img2009-03-09-122803_edit_blogTrain fascination

img2009-03-09-123207_edit_blogCountry Temple, Shikoku

img2009-03-09-131916_edit_blogTwas a grey day on Shikoku


img2009-03-09-132439_edit_blogMountains of Shikoku

img2009-03-10-084248_edit_blog1A familiar and welcome sight indeed. Ikeda sensei’s clinic in Imabari

Thanks for viewing my images, I hope I have been able to transmit a little of the essence of rail travel in Japan in this post.

Hope you have a great day.

Kind Regards,


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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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.


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