I have received a permission from Ikuko to make it in to English version !
Ikuko Hirota, is our Jikiden Reiki staff with sweet, caring, intelligent with a great sense of humour. Although, she is not only "a staff" but she is one of the pioneer team of Jikiden Reiki Institute ! She has helped translated Yamaguchi sensei's books "LIght on the Origin of Reiki" and his other book co-published with Frank Arjava Petter "Hayashi Reiki Manual. She is a Jikiden Reiki Dai-Shihan, and one of Chiyoko sensei's favourite student. She is an Aroma therapist, and Mayan Calender reader, and more and more !
She is the perfect example of,
"A good thing comes in a small package."
In her tiny body, she has so many gifts!
If you haven't met her, please visit Kyoto, and I know you will love her instantly !
She writes her blog almost daily, and some time she writes about
"inside of the Jikiden Reiki".
Everytime when I read her blog about Jikiden Reiki, I wished Jikiden Reiki followers
in the world can read it, because it makes me feel so grateful to be a part of
this down to earth, hard working and compassionate Jikiden Reiki family ...
"I have been one of the staff for "Jikiden Reiki". It has been 15 years since the founder,
Tadao Yamaguchi sensei established this institute. It has started small, but now there are nearly 20,000 graduates in the world !
My role is to communicate with non-Japanese Shihan/Shihankaku and take orders
for the certificates and manuals. However, the number of the teachers in the world has
been increasing every year, and I receive many emails, not only about the certificates but also about general questions from all over the world.
I have been sitting in front of the computer in the middle of the night, every night ...
Anyways, in the past few years, many people has been requesting
"Can Jikiden Reiki create its own official Facebook Page?" because of
the development of the Social Network Service.
I have "no" skill to handle the modern technology, even though, I was the only one
who was handling the communication with non-Japanese, thus, I had been put
those request aside....
Amazingly, when we need a help, the perfect person has appeared !
Mr. Jose Sugawara ! An Argentina with Japanese blood, Spanish as his first language, and he speaks Japanese and English. He is a very intelligent person who can handle anything from Law and Regulation, IT, and everything, but very NICE GUY !
He has been working with us as a Jikiden Reiki staff since last spring, and he is the most
needed person for Jikiden Reiki to catch up with this technology world.
Since he joined as a staff, finally the "21 century" has come to Jikiden Reiki ~~ !
Establishing the Facebook page, renewed the website, online payment system, etc etc...
Thanks to Jose, we have been using the Facebook public page
the closed group for Jikiden Reiki graduates.
We now have English, Japanese and Spanish website !
While Jose is doing computer work, I am watching over his computer admiring his work,
"Wow, that's amazing work ! Oh, THAT's how you do it ! "
Although, I don't understand a bit of what he does :)
He has been sitting in front of the computer since this morning.
By the way, we have our new movement !
After long15 years, Yamaguchi sensei has decided to build an official Jikiden Reiki membership group to be able to connect with graduates and teachers.
Yamaguchi sensei has been reluctant to make a membership for a long time,
because he didn't want to make Jikiden Reiki Institute looks like a
"Religious group with a pyramid style"
also it seemed to be too difficult to organize, because, thankfully non-Japanese Shihans
has been spreading the Jikiden Reiki to the world, and it seems too wide spread to be able to handle.
Although, since Jose has appeared to our institute, Yamaguchi sensei finally
took a new step ! (LOTS of work for Jose... )
The membership name is "International Jikiden Reiki Tomono Kai". : Tomono kai -- sounds like a membership for the neighbourhood grocery store, like "join a costco membership!"
When Yamaguchi sensei chose the name "Tomono kai", I thought he was joking,
but apparently, he was serious, and the final decision is "Tomono kai" .
Aw, I guess it fits our Jikiden Reiki style, "Good old time in Japan..." .
I was wondering would this plan really go through, and if there is any people who would pay a fee to be a member ?
Despite my worries, many people already signed up ! I'm the member, too ! :)
Shihankaku or higher level can sign up as a full member ship, and they can have their own
profile page in the website !
The news travel very fast, and I am now receiving email from different countries,
"Can you explain to me something about the membership, please ?"
Anyways, this young man is Mr. Yohei Yamaguchi, Tadao Yamaguchi's son. He has started to work as a Jikiden Reiki staff, and being a helpful assistant for Yamaguchi sensei. The other day, when they went to the library to look for some materials, Yohei was the one who helped Yamaguchi sensei when he couldn't read an article (because of his old eyes :) ) at a library by reading it for him and made a copy for him.
He goes to the oversea seminar with Yamaguchi sensei, and already made many friends with his loveable character .
In this photo, He is being very polite, and doing the paper work by kneeling on the chair. His work is neat and tidy, very different than how I work...
Pasting the address stickers.
I really enjoy this kind of simple paper work !
I enjoy the day of paper work !
In this photo, you can see our hidden big boss, Ms. H, is packing for the German seminar.
And Jose is still in the same position.
The usual seminar room in Kyoto looked like a complete disaster with papers,
preparation and just a messy office, but, but, I am so looking forward to seeing
how Jikiden Reiki continues to flourish !!!
End of Ikuko's blog ( to be continued to the Part 2)