A RARE PIECE OF REIKI-RELATED PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE FROM 1934
[Copyright © 2012 James Deacon]
people who have taken a close interest in the history of Reiki will
probably be familiar with many, if not all, of the following names:
Tenon-in, Yuri in, Takeuchi, Yuji Onuki, Yoshiharu, and
briefly, for those who may not be familiar with
While on holiday in Morocco in the 1970's, so the story
goes, one day on the beach, some (tai chi or chi gung?) students met
a man named Yuji Onuki, who apparently had been a student of
Usui-sensei's close friend Toshihiro Eguchi.
Over several days,
it is said, Onuki taught the students an early form of Usui-sensei's
one of the same group of students claimed to have had another chance
meeting, this time with one of Hayashi-sensei's
students, a Mr
Tatsumi (Tatsumi-san). This encounter would, in time bring access to
many of Hayashi's original notes, and lead to the sharing of a
particular (hitherto unknown?) version of the 'attunement' process,
and much other information concerning Reiki as taught by
Hayashi-sensei and also Usui-sensei.
Yuri-in / Tenon-in:
still, the same lucky individual apparently met a couple of Buddhist
Nuns – Yuri-in, and Tenon-in (AKA Mariko-obaasan), who had also
been among Mikao Usui's early students.
Tenon-in, so we are told, was happy to share additional teachings to
those provided by Yuji Onuki and Tatsumi-san.
is claimed by some people that one of Hayashi-sensei 's students was
a Zen monk named Takeuchi. As part of his Reiki training,
Hayashi-sensei, so the story goes, taught Takeuchi a special and also
very powerful meditation (not shared with other students) which, had
supposedly been practised by Usui-sensei during his retreat on Mount
Kurama. Later, it is claimed, Takeuchi's own student, Seiji Takamori,
would go on a quest to discover the roots of this meditation, in the
process apparently discovering an ancient healing system
to, but far more comprehensive than Reiki.
martial artist and Reiki student claimed to have been introduced to
yet another nun who had apparently also trained with Usui-sensei. Her
name, so he tells us, was, Suzuki-san (Mariko Suzuki) and, according
to him, Suzuki-san became his teacher and shared with him a different
version of the early form of Usui-sensei's system.
Western student claims to have begun his Reiki training in Japan in
1954 (aged 7,) and to still be training - with an
known as Yoshiharu.
Yoshiharu (confusingly referred to as
“Soke-dai”) is claimed to have studied directly with Usui-sensei,
and is, to all intents and purposes, presented as being Usui-sensei's
rare Reiki-related photograph from 1934
few years ago there were rumours on one of the now defunct online
Reiki groups concerning a photo from the 1930's – a group photo in
which all seven of these 'fabled' individuals: Suzuki-san, Tenon-in,
Yuri-in, Takeuchi, Yuji Onuki, Yoshiharu, and Tatsumi-san
It was not long before the picture was being
referred to as the “Magnificent Reiki Seven”, however, no
specific details were forthcoming as to the actual whereabouts of
this important piece of Reiki history.
Eventually, after a
lot of detective work to discover who exactly was in possession of
the picture - and more recently, a good deal of delicate negotiation
(and certain financial inducements) - access was finally granted to
the original photograph.
It was agreed that the photo be
submitted to scientific testing, and that a copy be made for public
display via the internet or other chosen medium.
photograph was recently submitted to a series of tests in a photo lab
in Sapporo, Japan, where technicians reported that they were
satisfied that the photo is indeed genuine; that it has not been 'digitally
manipulated”, or altered in any way. In fact, tests have proved
conclusively that it is printed on the correct paper and with the
correct chemicals which were being used in Japan at the date given.
to the owner's word, copies were permitted to be made so that this
important (in fact unique) piece of Reiki-related history may be
freely shared with the Reiki community.
on the back of the photograph, in old-style Japanese kanji are the names of the seven
people in the photo:
– top row (from left to right):
Tatsumi-san, Takeuchi, Yuji Onuki
– bottom row: Tenon-in,
Yuri-in, Suzuki-san, Yoshiharu.
photograph, dated 1934 , is really quite small, and (as can be seen)
has signs of wear and minor damage only to be expected considering its
Tatsumi-san, Takeuchi, Yuji Onuki, Tenon-in, Yuri-in, Suzuki-san, Yoshiharu
standing in front of an unidentified
Buddhist Temple, 1934
do you mean: “THERE'S NOBODY THERE” ?