The Beginning of Music Hands

The idea of Music Hands started 20 years ago with a competition to showcase the art of kyoku-de in Japanese, which literally translates to bending (kyoku) hands (de). Kyoku-de was more recently coined “music hands” by Shindo Spirit founder, Dr. Kaneko and stands for the various tapping styles of hands on the neck, shoulder, and back. After winning second place he had a dream of having a similar event for kids to showcase their version of Music Hands.

Dr. Kaneko was inspired to incorporate music hands into a Japanese story, the Princess Bamboo and the Music Hands Man,  and also created a DVD called Music Hands & Monkey Business , in both of which he shares his message of peace, joy and family unity which has been a long time focus in his practice.

The Event

This led to the creation of an ongoing event called Music Hands Day to promote his message of creating better bonds between children and their parents. This is an event that parents and children under 12 can enjoy. The teachings and story of both the book and DVD will be presented for families in the community and scheduled every full moon, which is the time, according to our story, that monkeys come out to play. This event will occur sometime in September. This tournament lands on Respect for the Aged Day in Japan and is planned to occur only once a year to emphasize the importance of respecting the elderly.

The Fun

The Music Hands Day events will share Japanese culture, storytelling with the themes of peace and family unity, showcase “music hands” and “monkey business” demos and competition, and offer cultural activities like learning about haikus, origami, painting, and other arts and crafts.


“Music hands” and “monkey business”, which is monkey-like play and laughter, will be demonstrated from the DVD. Then those kids who’d like to compete in the “music hands” and “monkey business” competitions with their parents get a chance to win prizes. Families that aren’t able to make it in person are able to send in video of their performances for a chance to win!

To view a preview of Music Hands and Monkey Business, click here. To learn more about our Music Hands 4 Kids Campaign, click here.


Come monkey around with the family and make music with your hands!


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Have you always been interested in learning about pressure points and meridian lines or do you want to brush up on your Shiatsu-Anma? Join us for this uniqe opportunity to learn from a Grandmaster and second generation Shiatsu-Anma therapist, shiatsu pioneer in the U.S. and in the field for more than 50 years!

Kaneko Shiatsu Anma therapy is an effective combination of kneading and pressure therapy using meridian lines and acupuncture points. Shiatsu, which means  finger pressure, came from Japan over 100 years ago. Anma, which is “pressure soothing” and in practice includes kneading, came from China a few thousand years ago. Meridian lines are energy channels that circulate qi and blood throughout the body. Pressure points, or tsubo, in Japanese are line tuning points that assess energy flow, and will tell you whether energy is flowing or blocked, as well as in excess or deficiency. When there is a blockage of energy flow it can lead to health imbalances. In releasing blockages you regulate the body’s metabolism and homeostasis which benefit the tissue and cells. The benefit of Kaneko Shiatsu Anma is that it treats the person as a whole, integrating body, mind and spirit. It provides therapy for chronic, degenerative, and constitutional conditions, as well as stress management, anti-aging and immune boosting purposes. Treatments also are provided at the local areas for pain conditions. 

We are offering a 7 class series that will be held on the every other Saturday starting on July 23, 2022. Kaneko Shiatsu Anma is beneficial for professionals and laymen alike. This series of classes will cover Dr. Kaneko’s DoAnn Long Form, a way to balance the whole body in a one hour treatment session. Each class will cover different parts of the body in order. There will be a review from the previous classes as each area is covered and at the end participants will understand the entire form.  

Grandmaster Dr. DoAnn Kaneko and Alan Saruwatari, a former graduate Dr. Kaneko’s Shiatsu Massage School of California will be teaching these classes. Dr. Kaneko has taught thousands of students since the founding of his former school and healed a variety of ailments with this powerful therapy.

Join us and learn from his expertise these unique healing methods to benefit you clients, family, friends and yourself. Kaneko Shiatsu Anma  has proven to be a powerful therapy that can compliment and enhance many other healing modalities.

Hybrid Class: In-person and through Zoom.
Students will receive a Zoom link 1 week before class when we confirm everyone’s attendance.
DATE: July 23, Aug 6, Aug 20, Sept 3, Sept 17, Oct 1, Oct 15– Oct 9, (every other Saturday).
TIME: 9am-5pm, (Lunch 12-1pm), Pacific Standard Time
PLACE: Kaizen Dojo Martial Arts & Self Defense, 1824 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504
EARLY BIRD: Until July 11, $435 ($15 off)
COST: Package $450, Individual classes $80
REGISTRATION: Go here to register.