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About Jikiden Reiki

Traditional Japanese "Reiki"  treatment.

"Jikiden" means "directly passed down" in Japanese.

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​​History of Jikiden Reiki

Benefit of Jikiden Reiki

Become Jikiden Reiki

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​​History of Jikiden Reiki


"Jikiden" means "directly passed down" in Japanese.

Jikiden Reiki Institute was established in Japan, founded by Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her son Tadao Yamaguchi. It is an authentic Japanese Reiki that hasn't been influenced by other healing modality nor other culture. This means that nothing has been added or amended. It is taught in the same way that Chujiro Hayashi taught Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her family in 1930s. 


Jikide Reiki Lineage

The traditional path to me..

Mikao Usui 臼井甕男

1865, Aug 15 ~ 1926, Mar 9.

Founder of Reiki. After a long search of obtaining "the state of complete peace of mind", he had reached to the enlightment of the healing ability in 1922. It was the begining of "Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho". During his life time, he taught Reiki to over 2000 people and 20 of these students reached the Shinpiden level. One of them is Hayashi Chujiro.

Chijiro Hayashi 林忠次郎

1879, Sep 15 ~ 1940, May 11.

A disciple of Mikao Usui. Became Shihan in 1925. As a former naval physician, he employed Reiki to treat his patients. He made his branch, "Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu-kai" at his master Usui's suggestion, but kept the way of teaching as "Usui Reiki Ryoho". He played a major role in bringing Reiki oversea by teaching Mrs. Hawayo Takata, the grand mother of Western Reiki. 

Chiyoko Yamaguchi 山口千代子

1921, Dec 18 ~ 2003, Aug 19.

Learned Usui Reiki Ryoho from Chujiro Hayashi in 1938. Since then, she practice Reiki on a daily basis with her relatives and friends for 65 years. In 1995, she realized Reiki has spread to the world for the first time. In 1999, she established the Jikiden Reiki Institute with her son, Tadao Yamaguchi, and taught Reiki in the same way she had been taught, based on the old materials, notes, photos, and memories.

Tadao Yamaguchi 山口忠夫

1952, Nov 28 ~ .

Founder of Jikiden Reiki Institute.

Tadao had been receiving Reiki even before his birth, and received his first Reiju (Attunement) at the age of 5. He started to help doing Reiki for his mother's clients at the age of 15. He started to research more about many other healing methods include religious healings from the age of 18. In 1995, he had met Western Reiki for the first time, and 1999, he established the Jikiden Reiki Institute with Chiyoko Yamaguchi.  He has continued to teach Jikiden Reiki in Japan, and also over 10 other countries.  

Jan Mizushima 水島ジャン

Jikiden Reiki Shihan teacher since 2016

Founder of Hypnoheart

What is Reiki?

 Reiki Ryoho (therapy) is the art of hands on healing originating in Japan in 1922, established by Mikao Usui (臼井甕男1865-1926). Reiki itself can be described as the universal energy of existence, which flows through all life and matter. It is completely natural and non-invasive, and when a Reiki therapy is received from a trained practitioner, it can assist in the healing of both body and mind. Treatments are carried out by the practitioner placing their hands directly on the recipient, who remains fully dressed throughout the session, normally laying on a treatment couch. By doing this hands on, the practitioner effectively acts as a conduit for Reiki energy to pass through him or her in greater abundance, assisting and  boosting the natural healing ability of the recipient’s body. Reiki works not only on physical issues but can also improve mental health and outlook, and over the past few decades has become increasingly popular throughout the world especially in Europe and the USA, becoming recognized as an effective and important holistic health treatment. Trials and studies are now being held in hospitals and front-line medical staff.

In Japan however, despite being the home of Reiki, the situation has been strikingly different. Although Reiki in Japan has, in recent years, been slowly growing in popularity, the majority of Japanese people still do not know or accept this wonderful non-religious healing practice. Before WWII Reiki had become very popular in Japan and was widely practiced, but from 1945, partly because of connections to the Japanese Navy and also because of medical laws instituted by the occupying forces, the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (the organisation established by Usui sensei) was obliged to stop openly practicing Reiki in order to avoid being shut down. Despite this however some individuals quietly continued to use Reiki from their homes, for friends and family. 

How Jikiden Reiki came to be?

Jikiden Reiki is Reiki without modern influence or modification, the way it was originally taught. The Kenkyukai was started by Chiyoko Yamaguchi, someone  who continued to practice quietly throughout the war and post war years. She learned Reiki in 1938 from one of Usui sensei’s Dai Shihan (teacher of teachers), Chujiro Hayashi. She had been initiated to Reiki at the age of 17 and continued to practice throughout her life until she passed away in 2003. Chiyoko’s practice was discovered in the late 1990s and once people recognized that she held such a deep knowledge of Reiki from the early years, many in the Reiki community requested that she teach them what she had learned from Hayashi. She was reluctant at first but after seeing the differences between those original teachings and what was being currently taught and practiced that she started to give group workshops in order that the new generation of students would have access to those teachings. As a consequence, in 1999 together with her son Tadao Yamaguchi, they founded an institute incorporating the name “Jikiden Reiki” (Jikiden meaning “directly passed down” as in the passing down of the original teachings.

With the dramatic change of ideology in post-war Japan, people gradually lost interest and belief in traditional Eastern healing arts and it is only over the last thirty years, following its journey from pre-war Japan, first to Hawaii and then throughout the West, that Reiki has been reintroduced to Japan and is now once again being openly practiced. This Reiki practice however was a Western version of Reiki with varying degrees of change and influence in the way it is practiced, and many of the teachings are therefore either missing important, essential elements from the original system or have been changed completely. It was thought that Reiki had died out in Japan and from the time Western Reiki first reappeared all those years ago, many students had been trying to find the original teachings free from Western influence, and this lead to the door of Chiyoko Yamaguchi…

Jikiden Reiki: Traditional Japanese Reiki

The Jikiden Reiki Institute is based in Kyoto, Japan. It is in the former family home of current head, Tadao Yamaguchi. These days it is an office, training centre and treatment clinic. The traditional Japanese style wooden house is a very appropriate setting for an authentic Japanese Reiki school.  Jikiden means 'directly taught' in Japanese.

This name was chosen by the founder of the School, Chiyoko Yamaguchi. It refers to her being taught Reiki by Dr Chujiro Hayashi. Doctor Hayashi was a prominent student of the founder - Mikao Usui.  Find out all about Jikiden Reiki and Japanese Reiki practice below.

Jikiden Reiki is unique as it has not been influenced by Western Reiki practice. It is it has a history of success helping people with chronic illness. Many people are discovering this amazing yet simple method to improve body and mind. Jikiden Reiki is a school of "Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho". This means the "Usui treatment method for improving body and mind". This is the original name for Usui's Reiki Method as described on his memorial stone in Sai Hoji, Tokyo, which was erected by his students.

The address is 92 Ayanokoji-Aburanokoji Nishiiru Shimogyo-ku Kyoto. Please don't just drop by - make an appointment. Also be aware that there may be no one that speaks English available full-time. It runs Reiki training seminars including in English sometimes. Other functions include supporting students and teachers of Jikiden Reiki. All Jikiden Reiki certificates of training are issued centrally from the head office in Kyoto. All Jikiden Reiki practitioners are therefore registered with the Jikiden Reiki Institute.

Jikiden Reiki is growing at a very fast rate. It has only been available outside of Japan since 2004. People learning about Jikiden Reiki are quickly discovering it's benefits, simplicity and effectiveness. It is currently practiced in at least 21 countries around the world and the number is increasing all the time. There are now hundreds of teachers worldwide.

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Benefit of Jikiden Reiki

"Jikiden" means "directly passed down" in Japanese.

Jikiden Reiki Institute was established in Japan, founded by Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her son Tadao Yamaguchi. It is an authentic Japanese Reiki that hasn't been influenced by other healing modality nor other culture. This means that nothing has been added or amended. It is taught in the same way that Chujiro Hayashi taught Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her family in 1930s. 

Focusing primarily on treatment and with a deep Japanese history and culture. It feels pure, simple and grounded and it is extremely effective.

What is Jikiden Reiki?

Sensei Usui explained that his Reiki is more of a practical treatment, rather than a spiritual discipline, although it could be considered a form of spiritual healing. So the emphasis is on treatment to improve your own body and mind and help others do the same. We try to live according to the 5 principles of created by Mikao Usui. The five principles of Reiki are regarded to be a key part of Reiki practice. Being kind to others is one of the 5 principles and the best way to do it is to give treatment. The Jikiden Reiki school has a 75 year history.

How is Jikiden Reiki different to other styles of Reiki?

Jikiden Reiki has a different approach to other Usui Reiki schools outside of Japan. This reflects the difference in Japanese and Western thought and how much Reiki changed after leaving Japan. There is no reliance on formal hand positions. We teach and recognise the hand positions given to us by the founder Mikao Usui and Dr Hayashi used in Western Reiki. But the idea is not to rely on them. Beginners may not yet sense Reiki easily to begin with so hand positions are useful for them. They also covers areas you will frequently find problems.
Jikiden Reiki Practitioners cultivate their ability to search for “Byosen”. Byosen is a word unique to Reiki and refers to build ups of toxins in the body. The idea is to locate areas of byosen and treat those according to severity. But at the same time there is recommendation for a structured approach to treatment. Frequently, Jikiden Reiki treatments will vary each time according to the situation. The concept of Byosen is a unique feature of Usui Reiki and a key part of his teaching as important as the five principles (gokai).

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