Chujiro Hayashi – was born in Tokyo 15th September 1880. He graduated from 30th Naval Academy of Japan in 1902 serving in the Port Patrolling Division during the Russo Japanese war from 4th January 1902 until a peace treaty was signed on 5th September 1906.
In 1918 he was appointed director of Ominato Port Defence Station where Kanichi Taketomi was chief of staff. (He was to later become 3rd Chairman of Usui Ryôhô Gakkai.
Mr. Hayashi was married to Chie (born in 1887) and had two children. Tadayoshi was born in 1903 went on to major in economics at Kiyoe University. Kiyoe their daughter was born in 1910 and went on to study at Shizuoka Women’s High School as her mother had.
In May, 1925 Chujiro Hayashi became a student of Mikao Usui. By this time Chujiro Hayashi was a retired naval officer and surgeon. It was early in 1926 that Mikao Usui died of a stroke. Upon Mikao Usui’s death, Chujiro Hayashi and a number of other naval officers who had joined Usui’s school, stayed on and continued studying the Usui Reiki Ryôhô Gakkai method. When Hayashi left this school in 1931, he developed his own clinic and school which he called the Hayashi Reiki Kenkyû Kai of Hayashi Spiritual Energy Research Society.
In 1935 Chujiro Hayashi met Chiyoko Yamaguchi who became one of his new students and who studied Shoden and Okuden under Mr Hayashi. At Mr Hayashi’s residential address in Tokyo, he operated his Reiki clinic which consisted of ten tables on which each patient would be treated by two practitioners.
Chujiro Hayashi actively promoted Reiki throughout Japan and founded the Hayashi Reiki Kenkyû-kai. He held seminars and taught Reiki to a great number of people including Hawaya Takata, (who was attuned to Reiki Master in 1938) – an American Japanese woman who would be largely responsible for bringing Reiki to the West.
On 11th May, 1940 Chujiro Hayashi ended his life, fearing that he would be called to fight in the Japanese Army during World War II. He was reported to have died of a self induced stroke (by stopping an artery in his brain) in his country house in Atami. His wife Chie became president of her husband’s school. He had attuned only 13 Reiki Masters.