days to go!


I hope all of you are coping well with Covid 19 and not overwhelmed. As I am sure you all know Covid 19 has pushed back our schedule for the 4th World Congress on Endoscopic Ear Surgery. However, I think that we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have now just a little less than one year before we should be gathering in 2022 in Kyoto from December 5th to the 8th and in Yamagata from December 12th to the 13th.

I recently visited Kyoto to check out the venue sites and as you can see from the pictures which I have included, the city is bathed in glorious fall colors. The Congress should provide an opportunity for enjoying the beauty of the ancient city of Kyoto and advancing our knowledge in the modern field of endoscopic ear surgery.

Thus, I hope that all of you have set aside these dates for our 4th World Congress in the upcoming year. I will be providing regular updates on our preparations including invited speakers, calls for abstracts, other relevant information and deadlines as well as the status of Covid 19 in Japan as far as it affects our plans.

I am truly looking forward to seeing you amidst the autumn foliage next year in Kyoto!

Warmest regards,

Seiji Kakehata M.D., Ph.D.
Chair of EES 2022


July. 26, 2021

4th World Congress on EES in Kyoto to Move to December 2022

I think that the past year-and-a-half has taught all of us around the world that nothing scheduled is set in stone! When I moved the 4th World Congress on EES in Kyoto to April 2022, I was confident that the challenge of COVID 19 would be overcome by then, and that international travel restrictions would be lifted. However, the last couple of months have made me realize that that timeline was too optimistic. In light of the spread of the delta variant and increasing case numbers around the world, I have made the decision to once again move the date of the 4th World Congress on EES in Kyoto.

Our new date is now December 5th to the 8th of 2022. While I realize that this date is close to the end-of-the-year holiday season, it was the best choice out of the available dates for our venue. The weather in Kyoto in early December is mild and while we will miss the Kyoto cherry blossoms, the city should still be beautifully bathed in the fall foliage including its stunning maple trees.

I thus ask everyone to pencil this new date and cross your fingers that we will have COVID 19 under control by then. While our conference is important to those of us in the field of endoscopic ear surgery, it pales in importance to the good health and well-being of the world community at large. Let us all continue to work together to defeat COVID!

I hope to see you in Kyoto in December 2022!

Seiji Kakehata
Chair of the 4th World Congress on EES in Kyoto 2022

May. 1, 2021
The Chair of the 4th World Congress on Endoscopic Ear Surgery, Dr. Seiji Kakehata, sat down for an interview with Dr. Tatsuya Yamasoba of the University of Tokyo for ENT & Audiology News. They discussed a number of topics including endoscopic ear surgery and preparations for the 4th World Congress. You can read the interview at ( ) or download the PDF here.
April. 30, 2021
Dr. Naoaki Yanagihara, a leader in otology in Japan and the developer of the Yanagihara Scale for evaluating facial nerve palsy, was scheduled to be honored as a pioneer of endoscopic ear surgery during the 4th World Congress. However, we were greatly saddened to be informed that Dr. Yanagihara passed away at the end of 2020. We shall thus be presenting a special memorial tribute in honor of his life and achievements.
Dec. 23, 2019
・Notes from our chair
Greetings to everyone!

We are starting to gear up for the World Congress on Endoscopic Ear Surgery in Kyoto which will be held in less than a year-and-a-half! It was my pleasure to recently welcome Dr. Aaron Remenschneider from Harvard and his lovely wife Emily to Kyoto where he gave a presentation at the 2019 Japan Audiological Society.

We were able to show them around Kyoto and they were kind enough to describe their impressions of the city in a blog posting. For those of you who are thinking about attending the World Congress, I think that their perspective should give you a good idea of what you could expect on a trip to Kyoto.

I thus invite you to read what they have to say and see if you wouldn’t like to follow in their footsteps!?

Seiji Kakehata 
Jun. 13, 2019
Website launched. 

About the 4th World Congress on Endoscopic Ear Surgery

Prof. Seiji Kakehata
Prof. Hiromi Kojima
Prof. Shin-ichi Kanemaru
December 5-8, 2022
ROHM Theater Kyoto & Miyako Messe
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