ABOUT REIKI WITH JOTARO
Welcome to the internet home of Jotaro Kashihara, my cleverly titled website, Reiki with Jotaro. Located in Rochester, Minnesota I provide Reiki treatment sessions, Reiki practice opportunities and training seminars in Jikiden Reiki, the only known source for the original, unchanged style of Reiki as it was practiced by the founder, Mikao Usui and his prominent student Chujiro Hayashi.
Reiki with Jotaro is one of only a few locations in Minnesota to learn Jikiden Reiki. We are fully authorized to conduct training seminars as an official branch of the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai (Institute) of Kyoto Japan. My seminars follow the curriculum that was established by the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai (Institute) and uphold the extremely high standards that the Institute is known for. Studying with us provides you with the exact same experience and information as if you would study at the Institute in Japan.
My own Jikiden Reiki training has been with both Frank Arjava Petter (Vice-Representative of the Institute) and Tadao Yamaguchi (Representative of the Institute). I regularly re-sit Jikiden Reiki seminars in an effort to ensure that I maintain a good relationship with the Institute and stays up-to-date on the latest historical research. I take great efforts to preserve the trust of my teachers and honor the legacy of Chiyoko Yamaguchi.
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WHAT IS MEANT WHEN WE SAY 'AUTHENTIC JAPANESE REIKI'
You might be curious about this. You may even be thinking something like - "Doesn't ALL Reiki come from Japan?" The simple answer is of course 'YES'. A deeper, more detailed explanation would be to point out that what is commonly referred to as simply 'Reiki' today does ORIGINATE from Japan. However it should be understood that since Reiki left Japan in the mid 1930s, the manner in how it is practiced has changed a great deal. Techniques, concepts and approaches were brought into the practice and the original ideas and attitudes - as practiced by the Founder, Mikao Usui and his early students- were discarded and lost. The influence of different spiritual systems and other healing modalities brought significant changes to how Reiki was practiced in the West and created a lot of misunderstandings and a sense of cultural disconnect. Today there are literally thousands of Reiki styles available. Originally there was just one.
At Reiki with Jotaro, we practice JIKIDEN REIKI which is a style of practice that has preserved the original teachings of 心身改善臼井靈氣療法 - Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho (Usui Reiki Method For Improvement Of The Body & Mind) which is the original name used for Reiki by the Founder. Jikiden Reiki is 100% the original teachings, passed down completely unchanged and free from any non-Japanese influences. Unlike many other styles of practice, Jikiden Reiki did not leave Japan until the first foreign seminar was taught in 2003. This means that Jikiden Reiki has maintained a unique cultural connection to Japan that is considered an essential element to how we practice Reiki.
It is for that reason, that we say we teach and practice 'authentic Japanese Reiki'. This is not an issue of elitism. We do not say this to speak poorly of the other styles of Reiki that are being practiced. We are not in a competition with other teachers or practitioners. It is just a fact and is stated as such to inform others of what sets our practice apart from other systems of Reiki practice.