Jikiden Reiki Shihan

I'm Jotaro, my journey in the practice of Reiki began as a skeptic who became convinced by the results I experienced after receiving a couple of treatment sessions in early 1996. I was so impressed that when the opportunity came I immediately enrolled in a seminar held by the teacher who had originally treated me.


Over the next few years, I started to seek answers for the questions that I had about the practice and history of Reiki. I had learned a style of practice that was said to be unchanged, yet many of the things I was told in class did not sit well with me and my knowledge of Japanese culture and history. This led to me questioning the origins of what I was taught and seeking to understand how the system of Reiki came to be as it is practiced today.

I enrolled in many more training courses eventually studying to the Master/Teacher level in multiple styles of what is now refered to as 'Western Reiki'. While doing this, I continued to ask questions and uncover more information from sources in Japan, and I also read the many books which contained information that was being discovered by Reiki researchers who were living and teaching in Japan.

This new information led me to approach my Reiki practice in a more traditional manner. In 2001 I sought training from teachers who had learned Reiki from the Japanese sources and incorporate those traditional techniques into my practice. By late 2004, I was teaching Reiki across the United States and in Canada.

Further research led me to information from Hiroshi Doi, a Japanese Reiki practitioner who is a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai and founder of his own Reiki style - Gendai Reiki-ho. After a few years of trying to find a teacher in Gendai Reiki-ho, I found the International House of Reiki. I studied the IHR style Usui Reiki Ryoho shoden level on the 7th of February 2009, the okuden level on the 23rd of November 2009 and finally the shinpiden level with Frans Stiene on the 25th of July 2010. With the desire to learn more about the teachings of Hiroshi Doi, I studied Dento (traditional) Usui Reiki Ryoho with Mary Jackobson. I completed the shinpiden level and was granted the title of Dai-Shihan (Senior Teacher) on the 8th of June 2013.


While engaged in the study of the Hiroshi Doi lineages, I continued my research into the traditional methods of Reiki Ryoho. This led me to Jikiden Reiki. After a few unsuccessful attempts to learn Jikiden Reiki, in October of 2011, I was given the chance to study the shoden level of Jikiden Reiki. Another two years later I was able to study with Frank Arjava Petter, who is a 'Reiki Hero' of mine since he had first read the books that Arjava wrote about the discoveries he had made while living and teaching Reiki in Japan. On the 26th of September 2013, I completed the training of both the shoden and okuden levels of Jikiden Reiki with Frank Arjava Petter. It was that training with Arjava, along with the amazing results that I saw from treatment sessions that I was giving that made me decide to focus towards becoming a teacher of Jikiden Reiki.


On the 11th of November 2014, I traveled to Halifax Nova Scotia to review the shoden and okuden levels of Jikiden Reiki and to study the shihan-kaku (assistant teacher) level with Tadao Yamaguchi, the co-founder of Jikiden Reiki and Daihyo (Representative) of the JIkiden Reiki Kenkyukai (Institute). After completing the Shihan-kaku level and being granted the authorization to teach the shoden level of Jikiden Reiki by Yamaguchi sensei, I started Reiki with Jotaro to share the teachings of Jikiden Reiki. On the 16th of February 2017, I traveled to Vancouver BC, Canada to once again study with Yamaguchi sensei. I completed the training for the Shihan (full teacher) level of Jikiden Reiki on the 21st of February 2017. After returning home, I fully dedicated Reiki with Jotaro as a means to continue sharing authentic Japanese Reiki with the people of Minnesota and beyond.


I currently make my home in Rochester, Minnesota where I offer Reiki treatment sessions, teach Jikiden Reiki training seminars and try to raise awareness about Reiki practice and its benefits. When I am not teaching or practicing Reiki, I can be found either studying traditional Japanese martial arts, reading or sharing time with my beautiful wife, our amazing daughter and their two cats.


In an effort to comply with Minnesota laws, we provide a listing of the Reiki training undertaken by Jotaro Kashihara.  The Reiki lineages listed below are a small sampling of the training Jotaro has completed and represent only the primary Reiki styles in which he has completed teacher training levels. Jotaro has also engaged in Reiki training under several other teachers for the lesser levels of Reiki practice (i.e. Reiki levels 1 & 2), which he took in order to gain insights into the history and practice of Reiki and to experience the way some well-known teachers taught their training seminars.


Jikiden Reiki (Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho)


Dento Usui Reiki Ryoho (Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho)

USUI Mikao | TAKETOMI Kenichi | KOYAMA Kimiko | DOI Hiroshi | ADONEA | JACKOBSON Mary | KASHIHARA Jotaro

International House Of Reiki Style Usui Reiki Ryoho

USUI Mikao | TAKETOMI Kenichi | KOYAMA Kimiko | DOI Hiroshi | STEINE Frans | KASHIHARA Jotaro

Usui  Shiki Reiki Ryoho (Western Style Reiki - Hawayo Takata Lineage)

USUI Mikao | HAYASHI Chujiro | TAKATA Hawayo | FURUMOTO Phyllis | HOFFMAN Claudia | SHAW Mary | HENDERSON Christine | WAY Bruce | MCMINN Ariane | KHALAF Mona | DAHLAUS Allison | SMOLINSKI Mina | HORTON Linda | KENT Melissa | KASHIHARA Jotaro