Philosophy and Educational Objectives
Having inherited founder Sorei Yanagiya’s teaching of “on ko chi shin (learning from the past in order to move forward),” Toyoshinkyu’s educational mission is to transmit and develop the essence of acupuncture and moxibustion, from the Classics (the Suwen, the Lingshu, and the Nanjing) to modern times.
• To continue the heritage of the medicine of acupuncture and moxibustion, as developed uniquely in Japan and fostered by history and traditions.
• To foster the knowledge and skills appropriate to professional practitioners, with the objective of such study being the opening of private practices.
• To foster individuals of sound mind and body through the cultivation of aesthetic sensibilities. These individuals should possess a strong sense of humanity that is intelligent, cultured, moral, and socially developed.
The Toyoshinkyu College of Oriental Medicine has extensive educational facilities. These facilities include the Sorei Yanagiya Memorial Hall (filled with his works and effects), library, reading room, practical training complex, student salon, Toyoshinkyu clinical facility, patio, and auditorium (multi-purpose hall). The second floor clinical facility incorporates the newest information technology, connecting the PBL (project based learning) clinical training and practicum classes to seven HDTVs in the Conference Room on the first floor, making it possible to view live feeds from classes.
Venerated acupuncturist Sorei Yanagiya always remained conscious that “ultimately, acupuncture and moxibustion are clinical medicine.” As such, he stated the following: “Our adherence to medical arts that are simultaneously classical, clinical, and experiential places upon us the heavy responsibility to demonstrate classical acupuncture and moxibustion in clinical settings, provide research, and advance the development of scientifically based acupuncture and moxibustion.”
Toyoshinkyu casts light into the depths of the Classics in order to foster an understanding of the true nature of oriental medicine. In our quest for the essence of traditional acupuncture and moxibustion from the past to the present, we keep the spirit of the maxims “learning from the past in order to move forward,” “continued practice leads to self realization,” and “love and consideration” close to our hearts as we work for the development of professional acupuncture and moxibustion practitioners who contribute to the public’s health and welfare.
Overseas Achievements in Pictures
Yanagiya visited Europe from June to September in 1955 under the invitation of the French International Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. He introduced Japanese classical acupuncture and moxibustion overseas.