My sister in law, who practises Reiki wanted to visit the grave of the founder and to visit Mount Kurama in Kyoto where Reiki started. I had no idea that Reiki started in Japan. When I asked people aound here, they are clueless. No one has even heard of Reiki.
In Tokyo we went to Saitoji Temple to visit the grave of Usui Makao, the founder of Reiki. The temple was in a very quiet neiborhood and besides two little girls playing in the play ground, we met an Australian lady who was a Reiki Master. Julie, my sister in law, paid homage to Usui and meditated at the grave side while I had lunch with Jane and Lucy in the temple yard. The Aussie lady told us that she studied Reiki under William Lee Rand. Of course, Jane and I had never heard of him but apparently he is highly regarded in the reiki world.
In Kyoto, we took a train to Kurama town, passing cherry blossoms and lovely sights, and then hiked up to the top. The climb was not bad at all, hundreds of steps and well laid path took us to the main temple up top. Along the way, we stopped at various points of interest as pointed by Julie’s book “Reiki” by Jessica Miller, another Reiki master. The book was really helpful and made the trip very meaningful/
The day was gorgeous, sunny and warmish. It had rained the day before and the weather man said rain, so of course, we were delighted.
From the main hall, Julie wanted to see the measuring stone and the tree roots and the old tree Usui meditated under in the early 1920s, so we had to hike up more trails and steps. I had been under the weather and so was huffing and puffing a bit. Jane opted to wait for us by the cable car.
We found the measuring stone, which was what a 16 year old Samurai used to measure his height before going to war. It was hardly three feet tall – wondered how short samurais were! The tree roots that this guy used to hop around for his agility endurance were just there and we saw the old tree. It was fenced off but we managed a picture or two. Julie lit an incense and then we hiked back down.
We took the cable car which took us to about halfway down the mountain, hiked down to the train.