臼井甕男 - Mikao Usui 
1865, Aug 15-1926, Mar 9.
林忠次郎 - Chijiro Hayashi
1879, Sep 15 - 1940, May 11.

山口千代子 - Chiyoko Yamaguchi

1921, Dec 18 - 2003, Aug 19.

 Founder of Reiki. After a long search of obtaining "the state of complete peace of mind", he had reached the enlightenment of the healing ability in 1922. It was the beginning of "Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho". During his lifetime, he taught Reiki to over 2000 people and 20 of these students reached the Shinpiden level. One of them is Hayashi Chujiro.

A disciple of Mikao Usui. Became Shihan in 1925. As a former naval physician, he employed Reiki to treat his patients. He made his branch, "Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu-kai" at his master Usui's suggestion, but kept the way of teaching as "Usui Reiki Ryoho". He played a major role in bringing Reiki oversea by teaching Mrs. Hawayo Takata, the grandmother of Western Reiki. 

Learned Usui Reiki Ryoho from Chujiro Hayashi in 1938. Since then, she practices Reiki on a daily basis with her relatives and friends for 65 years. In 1995, she realized Reiki has spread to the world for the first time. In 1999, she established the Jikiden Reiki Institute with her son, Tadao Yamaguchi, and taught Reiki in the same way she had been taught, based on the old materials, notes, photos, and memories.

Founder of Jikiden Reiki Institute.

Tadao had been receiving Reiki even before his birth and received his first Reiju (attunement) at the age of 5. He started to help to do Reiki for his mother's clients at the age of 15. He started to research more about many other healing methods include religious healings from the age of 18. In 1995, he had met Western Reiki for the first time, and 1999, he established the Jikiden Reiki Institute with Chiyoko Yamaguchi.  He has continued to teach Jikiden Reiki in Japan, and also over 10 other countries.  Tadao comes to Vancouver every spring and travels to Halifax in a fall to conduct seminars.

Pascale Leon
 Joseph Stein