So thankful and grateful to Jessica A Miller for this incredible informative book:

“REIKI’S BIRTH PLACE. A GUIDE to Kurama Mountain ” 


Kurama Temple (Kurama-dera 鞍馬寺 ) – The National Treasure of Japan, The Birthplace of the Holistic Healing Art called Reiki.
Kurama Mountain ( Kurama Yama/ 鞍馬山/ Horse Saddle Mountain) is a sacred mountain due north of Japan’s old imperial capital Kyoto. In the twelve centuries of its existence, the temple complex has become a rich tapestry of legend, tradition history and natural unique beauty. Kurama Mountain is extinct volcano.Up until about fifty-five million years ago this area was a shallow , ancient, seabed alive with trilobites, corals and other Cambrian-era creatures.
Kurama has had reputation for over a millennium as a spiritual- energy spot. Reiki, one of the word’s most popular forms of energy healing, began when in 1922 Mikao Usui, the Founder of Reiki Ryoho, mediated for twenty-one days on this mountain at a site called Osugi Gongen, at the site of a sacred tree ( kami) said to be an incarnation of the God Maoson.
Emperors have meditated here, warriors have trained here, Gods have visited here, thousand of people come here to pray meditate or hike, there are flowering trees and foliage, ancient sea fossils from beginning of life on the planet. Kurama Mountain is extinct volcano.
Kurama temple’s religion is based on Sonten, the divine force behind the cosmos. Soften is seen as the being made up of a trinity of three of the deities that have been part of Kurama Mountain since its beginning : Mao-son (the ‘Great King of the Conquerors of Evil and the Spirit of the Earth’), Bishamonten and Kannon are the symbols of the universal soul, forming a Trinity known as “Sonten” or the “Supreme deity”. Sonten is the “Living Soul of the Universe”, the “Glorious Light”, and the “Activity of the Soul”.
These three are the symbols of power, light and love. “We trust in Sonten for all things.” Sonten is the creator of the Universe, and cultivates the development of everything all over the earth. It rests deep in our individual minds, and causes the “great Self” or “Atman” to wake up within our hearts, it gives us new power and glorious light.
Kurama philosophy book: ”The energy and understanding of Sonten that people have received on Kurama has led some people to start new religions, both recently and during early times. Others founded big enterprises…Without knowing they are doing so, many people come to Kurama for pilgrimage and are given the energy. From Kurama Mountain this wonderful power radiated and you should take this power without hesitation.”
Regarding Mt. Kurama’s brochure, the story of the Kurama Temple and its Major Deities tells the following story:
“ In the first year of Hoki (A.D. 770), Gantei, who was the best pupil of Hight Priest Ganjin, the founder of the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara , led by a white horse, climbed up to this holy place. His soul was enlightened with the realization of Bishamon-ten (the protector of the northern quarter of the Buddhist heaven and the spirit of the sun). Following, the founder the Buddhist Temple on Mt. Kurama. Later, in the 15th year of Enryaku (A.D.796), the chief officer in charge of the construction of Toji temple saw a vision of the Senju-Kannon ( The Thousand- armed Kannon and the spirit of the moon) and build temples and pagodas on the mountain. Further research into the history of the temple has verified the essential details of the story.
Buddhism was first introduced to Japan from Korea around 538 A.D.It took nearly a thousand years to migrate from India, its place of origin. Over successive centuries, Japan sent to China for buddhist priests, to teach and refine Buddhist doctrine.
The “Hight Priest Ganjin” is a famous Chinese historical figure during this period, As a Chinese priest, Ganjin was invited by the Japanese Emperor to ordain priests and legitimize Japanese Buddhism in the eyes of the Buddhist world. Ganjin’s Chinese name was Jian Zhen, also spelling Chien Chen. He tried to reach Japan five times, during which time he became blind. He finally arrived in Japan in 754, and after five years of work, he was granted an imperial decree to build the renowned Toshodaiji Temple in Nara.
There are three documents which discuss the founding of Kurama Temple written between 1150-1712. The stories very slightly and while all mention that Bishamonten was the original deity of the mountain, only one of the accounts mentions Gantei as founding the Temple in 770. The others focus more on rebuilding and expansion of the temple by the famous architect Fujiwara Isedo( some sources say Ishito).
All tree stories emphasize that Fujiwara originally intended to build a shrine to Kannon, and when he was divinely led the mountain (by the house and by the dream), that he discovered Bishamonten (Sanskrit name Vaishravana). This confused him, until he had a dream that Bishamonten and Kannon (Kwan Yin) were somehow two facets of the same being. The modern addition of Ma-son to be a third facet of the same being the people of Kurama Temple call Sonten seems a logical progression.
Ganjin’s student , Gantei, had two visions which led to the founding of Kurama Temple. In the first vision, he was told to leave Nara and search for sacred mountain near to what later became Kyoto. He had his second vision while he was on his journey. In this vision, he saw horse with a saddle, which held treasure, a traditional reference to the white horse that carried the Buddhist Sutras. When he awoke and looked around, he saw the twin-peakes of Kurama Mountain and the saddle between them, and he knew he had been guided there. The name “kurama” comes from combination of two words : “kura”-which means horse saddle, “yama”- which means mountain. Even in the eighth century, Kurama had the reputation go being a powerful energy spot. After having been led to the mountain, Gantei meditatad and “…his soul was enlightened with the realization of Bishamonten.”
Another account of Gantei’s vision describes how he was attacked by she-demon and rescued by Bishamonten at the hour of the tiger on the day the tiger, in the month of the tiger, which is on the first day of the new year.
In the Lotus Sutra , Bishamonten is the guardian of the northern guarantee of Buddhist heaven.He has vowed to protectt the Buddha from harm. In gratitude for his rescue, Gantei ofunded Kurama Temple, dedicating it to the God Bishamonten.
Gannet may have been inspired in part to build a temple to Bishamonten in 770 because of an event related to Bishamonten that happened 4 years prior in the then Imperial Capital of Nara. Since his teacher Ganjin was in Nara, Gantei might well have participated in these events.The imperially – sanctioned history Shoku Nihongi, written in the early Heian period (Heian period 884-1185), notes that in the 10th month of 766, a relic appeared from the body of the Bishamonten statue in Sumidera Temple( now Kairyuoh-ji in Nara). Several hundred people of rank carried the relic in a procession around the city. An imperial order was issued to officials to worship the relic.
Kurama Temple is actually a little older than Kyoto, which was founded in 794. It is interesting that the temple is due not of Kyoto’s imperial palace, as it seems logical for Kurama to be the northern guardian of Kyoto, since Bishamonten guarded the north side of the Buddha. Hoverer, there are no records indicating that the location of kurama Temple played a role in exactly where the imperial palace was located, and thus where Kyoto was located.
By the end of the tenth century Kurama Temple was one of the most widely known and visited Kannon sites of this time were Ishiyama, Kiyomizudera, Hasedera,Tsubosakadera and Kokawader. Other temples were added to this group in the eleventh and twelfth centuries to make a total of thirty-tree.
There are several stories as to how Maoson – a deity unique to the Kurama Temple, became associated with Kurama Mountain. In one legend, told by the famous Kuki Family, Mao-son appeared when a meteorite landed from the Planet Venus. A piece of this meteorite is now enshrined on Kurama Mountain.
Another story refers to the vision of a warrior God from Venus descending to earth in a fiery chariot six millions years ago. He landed at a spot called “Okunoin”.
Mao-son is thought to be a guardian and guide for both the physical and spiritual evolution of mankind. He is seen as the conqueror of evil, whose mission is the salvation of mankind and all living things. All three of Kurama’s deities, Bishamonten, Mao-son, Kannon are emanations from the divine Source called Sonten. This title translates as “RESPECTABLE HEAVEN” or “HONORABLE UNIVERSE”. While Sonten has been at the temple since its beginning, it was not until the Kokyo sect took over Kurama Temple in 1949 that Sonten became the dominant deity of the Temple.
The headquarters of Tendai Buddhism was located on near by Mt. Hiei, (founded in 778 A.D.) and Kurama Temple became a Tendai sub-temple. It remained part of the Tendai sect until Kurama Temple broke away after World War II.Kurama Kokyo Buddhism continues to include with different emphasis the traditional Tendai deities of the Amida Buddha, Bishamonten, Fudo-myo, and the Bodhisattvas Kannon (Kwan Yin) and Jizo…Kurama Kokyo took over Kurama in 1948. The post World War II period in Japan led many to decide that Japan must become new, and Kurama Temple, like many temples all over Japan, broke away from their parent sects and formed its own sect.

Buddhism and Shinto

Buddhism and Shinto are the 2 major religions in Japan. Many spiritual places in Japan such as Kurama Mountain are the combination of Buddhism and Shinto structures. The structure can be identified as being Buddhist or Shinto based on what it is called. If a building is called a Temple- it is Buddhist, if it is called a Shrine- it is Shinto. This designation has to do with the size or a shape o the building.

Shinto Shrines are typically outdoors, with a tore somewhere near the site. The Torii consist of two vertical pillars, and two crossbeams, made of stone or red-painted wood. The Torii comes from legend of the Sun goddess, Amatserasu who had locked her self away in a cave, depriving the world of Light. The word ‘torii’ means ‘bird perch’, and this was the structure from which the rooster crowed to announce the entertainment the gods had planned, to lure Amatserasu from her cave.


Shinto is the native religion of Japan. The term Shinto didn’t appear until the late sixth or early seventh century, after the introduction of Buddhism required the native religion to have a name. Shinto is not a cohesive religion at all, through various efforts over the centuries have tried to codify it, with limited success.

Shinto divided into Great and Little Traditions, which relate to different areas of life. The Great Tradition of Shinto concerns the Emperor and his history as the living descendent of an unbroken chain of emperors, originating from the offspring of the Great Sun Goddess, Amaterasu Omnikami. Japan’s sense of itself as a divine land under a divine ruler came from legend. The Great Tradition of Shinto was used by the state starting in the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912), to unify Japan under the divine rule of the Emperor, as both spiritual and worldly leader.

Great Tradition Shinto’s hold on Japan was broken after World War II,when the defeated emperor was forced to renounce his divinity. On May 2000, the Prime Minister Yoshiko Mori made a statement in which he used the phrase: ”Tenno o chushin to suru kami no kuni” ( the nation with the Emperor at its heart in the land of deities). There was such a firestorm of protest he was forced to call a press conference to formally apologize for his remark. Outrage was so strong that the Prime Minister and his nearly lost the subsequent election.

The Little Tradition of Shinto refers to all other aspects of this religion that are not part of the Great Tradition. The Little Tradition of Shinto is visible in numerous paces on Kurama. Shinto Little Tradition includes Nature worship, polytheism and shamanism, ancestor worship, and agricultureal and fertility rites.

Shinto derives from the people’s faith and practices that are handed-down over time. There is no unifying structure or theology in Shinto. Many rituals and deities are connected to particular locales. In designating what is worthy of worship, Shinto makes no sharp distinctions between kami ( gods) and people. Anything that excellent, awe – inspiring, impressive or striking can be kami. This can include heroes, emperors, rocks, streams, mountains, buildings. The goal of Shinto is to provide one with appreciation and sense of awe in the face of mysteries of life. Shinto believes that nature is intrinsically good, beautiful and valuable for itself.This belief has strongly influenced much of Japanese Art and Culture.

On Kurama there are a wide variety of kami, a number of very large trees are considered to be kami, as well as springs,and even the stone cover of the crypt which once housed the sacred writings. Kami are considered to be typically good, requiring only proper attention and respect as shown by prayers and offerings rice, sake or other food items, even money. Prayers ask kami to grant petitions ( often good luck or success ) and thank kami for the blessing they have bestowed. Shinto deities are not typically anthropomorphic. The are numerous kami all over Kurama, indicated by spirit ropes. Spirit ropes indicate what areas are scared. The spirit rope dangling rope tassels and folded paper thunderbolts.

Purification is an essential element of Shinto. Outer purification is symbolized by rinsing the hands and the mouth at the purification shrines. Inner purification is achieved through prayer and meditation. Disease, bleeding and wrongdoing are considered to be pollutants which must be cleansed to restore harmony. This emphasis is visible in Japan’s focus on bathing, and on using purification salt before some wrestling matches and after funerals.There are a number of purification basins on Kurama, some are simple puddle, formed by a spring, and others are elaborate, roofed structures.


Buddhism was intro dusted into Japan from Kore in 552 A.D. It sparked an intense period of cultural borrowing, which lasted until the middle of the ninth century.Buddhist temples inspired Shinto to create shrines. Buddhism’s emphasis on the world as a place where one’s goal is to be released from the cycle of death and rebirth is in sharp contrast to Shinto’s celebration of life.

Buddhism in Japan has evolved out of Mahayana Buddhism and includes many deities from India where Buddhism began, but also includes Hindu deities such as Sarasvati and has been heavily influenced by Korean, Tibetan,Chinese Buddhism.Because of Kyoto’s prominence as the capital of Japan for twelve centuries, many forms of Japanese Buddhism that are important today developed there. (Some schools of Buddhism developed earlier when Nara was he capitulant are called Nara Buddhism).

The tree main groups of Japanese Buddhists schools ar the esoterica schools- the “quick path” schools such as Jodo, and Zen schools. The esoterica Buddhist sects are Shingon and Tendai.Both are fairly eclectic, and include ascetic rituals for attain spiritual or magical power. These rituals often include fasting, meditation and pilgrimage hikes. Kara Mountain was part of Tendai Buddhism for most of its twelve centuries. Tend Buddhism focuses on the book “The Lotus Sutra” as its main text.

Its primary deities are Bishamonten, Kannon and Fudo Myo, which are considered to be aspects of Amida Buddha. Most popular of the “quick path” schools is Jodo – “Pure Land” Buddism. It emphasized the average person could achieve enlightenment easily in the next life, by praying with sincerity to the Amida Buddha, to be reborn into “Pure Land”.Once in the pure land which was free from worldly distractions, enlightenment would be much easier to obtain. Another similar form of Buddhism is Nichiren. Zen Buddhism originated in China.

There were four schools of Zen in Japan, the most popular Rinsai and Soto, both of which focus on meditation practice. The Obaku school – small, knowns for calligraphy. The Fuke sect prayed the bamboo flute as its meditation practice. Luke’s popularity among potentially rebellious samurai during Edo period led to it being banned in 1871 as part of Meiji era’s abolishment go the institutions of shogun and samurai.


For many centuries Shinto and Buddhism were practiced side-by-side. Typically each Buddhist temple had a shrine on its ground and each Shinto shrine similarly had a Buddhist temple on its ground.s. In remote areas, a Shinto priest might even perform Buddhist ceremonies. At the beginning of Meiji Era, from the mod-to-late 1800’s, Japan did its best to modernize.
The Japanese are a very odd blend of secular and sacred.The shifting fates of Buddhism and Shinto have led to an odd sort of ambivalence about religion in the culture. Most Japanese do not consider themselves to be religious, yet many of these people visit shrines and temples as a leisure activities.


So thankful and grateful to Jessica A Miller for this incredible informative book:

“REIKI’S BIRTH PLACE. A guide to Kurama Mountain ” 

In the English brochure of Kurama Mountain main nine festivals are mentioned:


– Traditional New Year Festival.
During 5 days period, people go to the temples to pray for prosperity, happiness, realizations of their dreams.This festival was on the first day of this festival that temple was first founded in the year 770.
The founder Gantei while meditating on Kurama has a vision of being attacked by a she-demon, and rescued by Bishamonten, which led him to build a temple to Bishamonten.Snce this vision occurred at the hour of the tiger, on the day of the tiger and month of the tiger, Kurama’s temple guardians are tigers.


2. SETSUBUN  ( February 3)

This “exorcism” ceremony has been performed at the imperial palace since Kyoto was founded, and is now practiced in homes and temples, all over Japan.
It’s purpose is to expel bad luck and evil demons, and to purify one for the coming planting season and year.The doors and windows of the homes are grown open and toasted soybeans are tossed into the air while saying” fortune in and demons out” (“oni wa soto, fufu wa uchi”). Another ritual involves throwing the toasted soy beans onto a clear part of the floor, then family members pick up and eat one soybean for each year of their age to ensure health and luck in the coming year.

3. HANA KUYO ( mid April)

Purification ceremonies are held to honor Bishamonten, the Temple’s protecting deity. Offering of flowers are given to him in appreciation for the abundance of flora and fauna on Kurama.



This festival is described in the Kurama brochure as “A mysterious festival with an international flavor celebrating the protector deity” Bishamonten. Ue-May, Saku means full moon, as the holiday Wesak. It comemorates the birth of the historical Buddha, his reaching enlightenment and his physical death.



This ceremony connected to one of the legends of Kurama. The story takes place at the Akai-goho-zenjin Shrine next to the main temple. A priest killed the giant snake that guarded the well. The snake’s mate agreed to protect the water in exchange for its own life. In modern times, two groups of priests compete in cutting up large bamboo poles, which represent the snakes.


6. NYOHO SHAKYO ( August 1-3)

This is traditional observance that has been held annualyy for over eight hundred years.Individuals sit among the singing birds and cool breezes while contemplating the origin of the “true self”.


7. YOSHITSUNE FESTIVAL ( September 15)

This festival commemorates Yoshitsune. Young Kendo students test their skill in dedicatory matches. Yoshitsune was one of the Japan’s most honored samurai warriors, whose legend said he was trained be the mythical Kurama Tengu. The festival consist of a memorial prayer service honoring Yoshitsune, followed by a display of swordsmanship.



This festival commemorates the establishment of the Kurama Kokyo sect as an independent sect of Buddhism in 1949.



The best-known festival on Kurama Mountain – is the Kurama Fire Festival. In this evening festival, the man Kurama village carry torches and portable shrines through the streets. The torches are carried to guide the spirits go hell through the human realms. This festival began when the Emperor first began the annual tradition of sending torch-bearers to the village, back in 794.

Prayer for Happiness to the Sonten of Kuramayama
The Sonten of Kuramayama  –   The Triune Deity
The Spirit of the Moon, The Spirit of the Sun, The Spirit of the Earth

Oh, Sonten,
Beautiful as the Moon,
Warm as the Sun,
Powerful as the Earth,
Bestow your blessing upon us to uplift mankind and increase our riches and glory.
In this holy place, grant that peace may defeat discord, unselfishness may conquer greed, sincere words may overcome deceit, and that respect may surmount insults. Fill our hearts with joy, uplift our spirits, and fill our bodies with glory.
Sonten, Great Lord of the Universe, Great Light, Great Mover, bestow upon us who gather to worship you, upon those who strive to touch your heart, a new strength and glorious light.
We trust in Sonten for all things.

(We are grateful to  Tenko Matsushita for Sonten prayer translation )

How to visit Kurama from JR Kyoto station

|  JR Nara Line (For Anywhere, All the train are OK) 1.1km
|  2~3 min.
|  140 yen
|  Keihan Line (For Demachiyanagi) 5.5km
|  16 min.
|  270 yen
|  Eizan Line (For Kurama) 12.6km
|  about 30 min.
|  420 yen
|  Walk 2~3min.
★鞍馬寺Kurama-dera temple 仁王門 Nio-mon gate

First, if you have JR PASS, you can take JR Nara line from Kyoto station to Tofuku-ji 東福寺 station
It takes 2~3 minutes
Tofuku-ji station is next to Kyoto station

Next you change trains at Tofuku-ji station
You get off JR train and buy the connection ticket (from Keihan Line to Eizan Line) from ticket machine, and go through ticket gate for Keihan Line
You ride Keihan Line train for Demachiyanagi 出町柳 station
It takes 16 minutes from Tofuku-ji station to Demachiyanagi station

Then you change trains and station at Demachiyanagi station
You get off Keihan line train and go out from Demachiyanagi station of Keihan Line, and you enter Demachiyanagi station of Eizan Line
You enter the ticket gate
You ride Eizan line train for Kurama
Don’t ride a train for Yasehiezanguchi八瀬比叡山口
They have two lines :One is for Kurama, The other is for Yasehiezanguchi
You get off the train at Kurama station
It takes about 30 minutes from Demachiyanagi station to Kurama station

Then you walk from Kurama station to Nio-mon gate of Kurama-dera temple
It takes 2 or 3 minutes

“Demachiyanagi Station” Operated by Eizan Electric Railway (abbreviated as Eiden (叡電 ) and Keihan Railway.
The station is separated into two sections: the ground-level Eiden station and the underground Keihan station. Tracks of the two lines are not connected.

The name “Demachiyanagi” is the combined name of “Demachi” in Kawaramachi Imadegawa, the west side of Kamo River, and “Yanagi” around the station, the east side of that.

The Kurama Line was built by the jointly owned company Kurama Electric Railway (鞍馬電気鉄道 Kurama Denki Tetsudō) in order to provide access to Kurama temple and Kibune shrine in the hills north of Kyoto, from present-day Takaragaike (up into the mountain) to Kurama.

Train from Demachiyanagi station by “Eizan Densha Line”


Kurama Station


Kurama Station


Kurama Station


Kurama Station


Kurama Station


Kurama Station


Kusama station


Kusama station

Wooden Statue of the legendary Kurama Tengu (kind of Japanese goblin with red skin and a long nose, famed for martial Arts proweness and magic.


Kurama village (pickled daikon radishes, eggplant, leaves..)


Kurama village (pickled daikon radishes, eggplant, leaves..)


Kurama village


Main Entrance


Main Entrance




Main Entrance

The temple’s Guardian Tigers


The temple’s Guardian Tigers, called “Komainu” which mean Korean Dog.The open mouth is “AH”( birth) and the closed mouth “UMM”(death).  Together they make  a sacred Buddhist mantra “OM” – considered to be the sound of the Universe. AHUMM means the whole life of the person from the birth to the death.




The temple’s Guardian Tigers, called “Komainu”




The temple’s Guardian Tigers, called “Komainu”


NIO GUARDIANS protect the Kurama Temple from evil spirits



Statue of Kannon (Kwan Yin) visitors use the water to purify themselves



Kurama Temple Nursery School for local children, infront of the school is SIX JIZO – six little statues of Buddha – like children. They have real cloth bibs. Japanese poem: “All children are the children of Buddha.Children heavenly gifts.Children are the mirrors which reflect the hearts of parents”.

Jizo is one of the most beloved spiritual beings in Japan – guardian of children, pregnant women, travelers and firemen.Jizo has the keys to the Buddhist Six Realms of Existence, to rescrue lost souls, especially children.




Kurama Mountain’s waterfalls. The upper waterfall is dedicated to Mao-son, whose figure appears at the top. There is an ancient Japanese esoteric ritual of standing under such waterfalls during the winter and letting cold water strike the top of the head, to both toughten the practitioner and to bring on an experience of “Satory” or awakening enlightenment.

Standing near the upper Mao-son waterfall is a powerful meditation experience.


Kami tree, Cryptomeria Japonica, commonly called Japanese Cedar, of in Japanese “hinoki”, 800 years old.


Kami tree, Cryptomeria Japonica, commonly called Japanese Cedar, of in Japanese “hinoki”, 800 years old.


Yuki shrine




Yuki shrine

3 ringer Statue, each ring symbolizes the deities of Kurama and their qualities: power, love, light. The Yoshitsune monument marks the spot where the 11th-century samurai hero once lived.



Shrine to Benzaiten (Benten), The Goddness of Music Art Fortune, eloquence.

Tenporin-Do. Dragon Purification Shrine outside the Buddha Hall.





The Amida Buddha


The Amida Buddha, Infinite Light/ Infinite Life.The Amida Buddha helping all souls reach enlightenment regardless of their levels of intellect or knowledge.Only the head of the Buddha is immediately visible. In front of it is an altar platform that runs the width of the building, with a central access stairways.
The Buddha’s hands are in the Vitarka Mudra , with the thumb touching the first finger of hand.It is permissible to crawl under the stairway and sit directly in front of the Buddha.From this position, the whole statue can be seeing through the vertical rails. A five colored rope ties the hand of the Buddha to the rails training into the alcore, by touching the rope, which tied to the Buddha’s hand, is like touching the hand of the Buddha.




Outside the main Temple

SACRED STONE – The name is “Flying cloud base” (Sho un dai), or a rock where Mao-son landed on Earth.This stone was originally the cover to a storage crypt for more than 200 sacred writings (sutras) located behind the main temple.The name of a large flat stone, overlooking the mountains at the edge of Plaza, is an area cordoned off with a sacred rope (Shinenawa).


Outside the main Temple, Guardian Tigers.


Outside the main Temple, Guardian Tigers.


Outside the main Temple, Guardian Tigers.

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Central Mandala




Central Mandala


THE CENTERPIECE OF THE MANDALA , inset in the courtyard between the Sacred Stone and the Main Temple. This mandala marks the spot where the temple’s main spirit deity came down from heaven to look towards the Capital of Kyoto, just on the other side of the hills to the south.

Mandala about 6 meters in diameter.At its center is triangle within hexagon,this is surrounded be three concentric circles, made up of triangle , within a larger square with triangles in the corner. A tiny double triangle at the edge of the outer circle points to true north.


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The Flying Saucer symbolizes the “heavenly vehicle” that Mao-son used to get to Kurama from Venus.

The area outside of Kurama museum is dedicated to famous poets Akiko and Tekkan Yosano wrote poems about Kurama.
“I feel like meeting you so I come up in this field of flowers (cherry blossom), Then I found an evening moon here”. Akiko Yosano (1868-1942)
“I found the rock which Yoshitsune used to compare his heigh on this mountain.My heart is still waiting for tomorroe.” Tekkan.

Kurama Temple Bell.

The bell was cast for the Temple in 1670. All over Japan on New Year’s day, such bells rung 108 times to clean the 108 sins.
Visitors are welcome to strike the bell by pilling back the wooden lo-striker and release it. A Buddhist Temple bell has 108 little projecting knobs called chichi near the top, representing the 108 sins recognized by Buddhism. Ringing the bell drives out these evil desires.

Jizo Shrine.


Jizo Shrine has spring purification shrine called Ikitsugi – no Mizu, Water to Breathe.
The altar cloths adorn this Temple the original clockwise version of the swastika or Man-ji.This symbol has represented the creative forces of  the Universe in Buddhism for millennia.(The nazis used the counter-clockwise version to represent their beliefs in destruction).


(Thank you to Sachi Shiomi for this picture)



Cedar trees at the summit of Kurama mountain.


Cedar trees at the summit of Kurama mountain.


Osugi Gongen tree – incarnation of the God Mao-son.


(Thank you to Sachi Shiomi for this picture)


(Thank you to Sachi Shiomi for this picture)


Osugi Gongen area  (so thankful to Sachi Shiomy for this beautiful picture)

Osugi Gongen Temple


Osugi Gongen Temple



Osugi Gongen Temple (so thankful to Sachi Shiomy for this beautiful picture)



Osugi Gongen area, sacred tree, powerful energy.


The samurai hero, Yoshitsune, measured himself here before leaving Kurama.



Cedar trees at the summit of Kurama Mountain



Osugi Gongen area


(Thank you to Sachi Shiomi for this picture)



(Thank you to Sachi Shiomi for this picture)



(Thank you to Sachi Shiomi for this picture)



“Traditionally Reiju 靈授 (initiation) is given in person; face to face.

“Touch” (the laying-on of hands) plays a pivotal role in Reiju process; a series of things we do in order to achieve a particular result. Touch in the form of the laying-on of hands is to impart the healing energy and information to Reiki Ryoho students. There is an unbroken succession of Teachers and Shihans, linked by the sacred touch of Reiju ritual, right back to the founder, Usui Sensei.

Reiju with “touch” — a visual symbol of an unseen transmission of not just of the healing energy but also of the information. Touch is a means of communication, an expression of unity, a bonding of people. It is a key to giving and receiving information and to help us bond.

Is “distant (online) Reiju “possible?

Theoretically it seems possible, for there exists a distant healing in Reiki Ryoho systems. And yet we need to understand that sending Reiki energy from a distance to someone and passing (imparting) Reiki energy and the information on to another is a different story, and that the distant Reiju does lack an important and pivotal factor, that is, “TOUCH.” The pivotal factor of a good old tradition: “in person Reiju” and “touch” must be maintained.”
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei’s statement from July, 2020.
Komyo ReikiDo© All rights reserved.

Komyo ReikiDo dis-allows on-line Reiki classes with distant Reiju & will not recognise certificates issued by these classes.

Komyo ReikiDo follows, preserves and keeps IN PERSON Reiju tradition alive with the highest respect to the Founder of the Japanese Healing Art, Usui Mikao Sensei.

Online Reiju is not allowed by Inamoto Sensei and is not recognized in the Komyo ReikiDo standards of teaching and practice.

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Victoria Romanova

During Reiki Ryoho (Japanese Healing Art) sessions, some practitioners can be more sensitive than others, some may even feel byosen before a treatment starts. Some have psychic abilities and are able to hear, see or sense things that most people do not. If we experience all that, naturally we are tempted to think that we are doing the healing. We start to analyse what we feel, hear and see. We try to work out where the energy should go and what would be the best way to cure a disease or malfunction of the recipient – all because we sincerely want to help.

Often the question arises: What should we do when we became so sensitive, when we see and hear things, or feel pain in our body or strong hibiki in our hands?

Inamoto Sensei says: “It is all very personal, some people are more gifted than others, more sensitive or skilful. Not everyone has to have such gifts or abilities. It can be very helpful to sense imbalances or health disorders in recipients, but basically, we don’t need anything like that. We are here just to place our hands.”

Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei reminds us that: “Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho is not about doing or thinking. It is about SURRENDER 100% to the Universe. As Reiki Ryoho practitioners, we DO NOTHING and THINK NOTHING in the way of healing. Reiki knows where to go and how to heal for the highest good of the person. We need to be the purer (cleaner) Reiki channel (conduit) possible. Less ego, more room for love — the healing energy of the Universe.”

Inamoto Sensei’s advice to us is: “Do not get attached to your sensations. Your ego and self-clinging are an obstruction in the channel for Reiki healing energy to travel through. Keep your practice simple: Place your hands, surrender and smile. Reiki Ryoho is the art of surrendering.”

Author: Victoria Romanova
Certified Komyo ReikiDo Teacher / Shihan
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Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, people all over the world have been struggling with all kinds of health issues and mental, emotional and spiritual disorders. Naturally, as Reiki Ryoho (Japanese Healing Art) practitioners, we want to do all we can to serve and support others. We may now be offering distant Reiki healing more often, individually or as part of a group.
Questions often arise around permission and distant healing. Are we allowed to do distant healing without permission? Should we inform recipients? Is it appropriate to send Reiki to someone without asking them? Could it cause bad karma?
Actually, the answer might be quite simple. Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei always says: “Reiki is the energy of the Universe. It is Reiki that does the fine job of healing. Reiki always works for the highest good of recipient”.
Inamoto Sensei reminds us that we do nothing in the way of healing. As Reiki Ryoho practitioners, we put our ego aside and just surrender to Reiki.
When asked about his own practice, approach, Inamoto Sensei usually answers: “I do distant Reiki healing with permission and without permission. Sometimes we cannot get it, especially when the person is in a coma or emergency room or just simply uncontactable”.
His advice to us is: “Follow your heart — your kokoro. If you feel more comfortable with permission, please ask for permission. But if it’s not possible to get a permission, remember that Reiki always works for the highest good with permission or without permission. Trust Reiki”.
Author: Victoria Romanova
光明靈氣道 Komyo ReikiDo© Ukraine
To learn more about the Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho or sign up for seminars with Inamoto Sensei, please contact us directly by email:;
and/or mobile: +380683167077 (WhatsApp/ Viber)
Sincerely and Gassho,
Certified Komyo ReikiDo Teacher / Shihan — Victoria Romanova
The Founder of Komyo ReikiDo® Ukraine, official representative of Inamoto Sensei.

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