Ryokyu Endo was born in Tokyo in 1956 and lived in New York between the ages of ten and thirteen. He studied at the Japan Shiatsu School, graduating in 1978. For the following three years he studied psychotherapy and continued to study shiatsu under Shizuto Masunaga, author of Zen Shiatsu. in 1984, he taught shiatsu to doctors trained in Western medicine and treated patients at the Fukujuso Psychiatric Hospital, Okinawa. He then moved to Kyoto and further developed his method while healing and teaching. In 1991, he received a black belt in Aikido, completed his studies in Pure Land Buddhism, and wasordained as a Buddhist priest. He developed ki exercises, which he now teaches in Tao shiatsu seminars worldwide. He composes and performs music on traditional as well as modern instruments. Compact disc recordings of his compositions, The Song of Pure Land and others, are available through Midi Records in Japan and available by order from Tower Records worldwide.