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Further research led him 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, Jotaro found the International House of Reiki. He 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, Jotaro studied Dento (traditional) Usui Reiki Ryoho with Mary Jackobson. He 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, Jotaro's continuing research into the traditional methods of Reiki Ryoho led him to Jikiden Reiki. After a few unsuccessful attempts to learn Jikiden Reiki, in October of 2011, he was given the chance to study the shoden level of Jikiden Reiki. Another two years later he was then able to study with Frank Arjava Petter, who is a "Reiki Hero" of his 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, Jotaro 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 he saw from treatment sessions that he gave that made Jotaro decide to focus exclusively of the practice of Jikiden Reiki and work towards becoming a teacher of Jikiden Reiki.


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


Jotaro currently makes his home in Rochester, Minnesota where he offers Reiki treatment sessions, teaches training courses in Jikiden Reiki while trying to raise awareness about Reiki practice and its benefits. When he is not teaching or practicing Reiki, Jotaro can be found either studying traditional Japanese martial arts, reading or sharing time with his beautiful wife, Nhung and their two cats.


Jikiden Reiki Shihan

Dento Usui Reiki Ryoho Shihan

Jotaro's journey in the practice of Reiki began as a skeptic who became convinced by the results he experienced after receiving a couple of treatment sessions in early 1996. He was so impressed that when the opportunity came he enrolled in a training course held by the teacher who had treated him.


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

Jotaro 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, he continued to ask questions and uncover more information from sources in Japan, and 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 Jotaro to approach his Reiki practice in a more traditional manner. In 2001 he sought training from teachers who had learned Reiki from the Japanese sources and incorporate those traditional techniques into his practice. By late 2004, Jotaro was teaching Reiki across the United States and in Canada.


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.


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