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The Usui Family Grave Markers

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Last Updated: June 24, 2009
Translations are by Japanese Reiki Masters Shiya Fleming and Emiko Arai
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The Usui Family Gravestone is on the same 10 by 10 plot as the Usui memorial. It was erected in 1927 in a Tendai Buddhist graveyard, which was moved to Saihoji graveyard in 1960-61 when a subway line was extended near it.  It contains some of the ashes of Mikao Usui, his wife Sadako, his son Fuji, and his daughter Toshiko. 

Note that there is another private shrine elsewhere in Tokyo dedicated to Mikao Usui and where his ashes were originally placed.  It is the same shrine that has the original Usui Precepts and his famous portrait.

The front of the marker translates to "Usui Family's Tomb" implying that his anscestors are there as well.
The right side essentially had titles for Usui and his wife, Sadako, either bestowed upon them by the temple priest or possibly chosen before death. The length of a name/title can suggests importance (or donations to the temple). 

Mikao Usui's reads: 
"Rei zan ing shu ho ten shin ko ji" which translates roughly to "Spirit mountain title - outstanding praised heavenly heart (mind) layman"
(Note: I am told the true Japanese meaning is much more gracious but we wanted to give you an idea of the literal. )

This was the best we could get, so it seems to be more a string of adjectives to describe him. The "ko ji" or layman denotes he was an ordinary man, as opposed to a priest, monk, etc. 
The wording of this is typical Jodo Shu (Pure Land) Buddhism.   However, Usui Sensei was a devout Tendai Buddhist all his life (according to 2 of his students still alive in 2002).

In small print beside this it reads: 
"In life - Mikao Usui - died third month ninth day first year Showa (March 9, 1926)"

Also on the right side, Usui's wife's read:"Te shin ing on ho jo ning dai shi" which again is a descriptive honoring her. 

It translates to "faithful  warm honorable pure patient lay woman". The "dai shi" denotes a common woman (as opposed to nobility, etc.).

(Note: I am told the true Japanese meaning is much more gracious but we wanted to give you an idea of the literal. )

Then in small text it reads: "In life - wife - died tenth month seventeenth day twenty-first year Showa (October 17, 1946)".

The back of the tombstone tells when it was erected: "Built third month ninth day second year Showa (March 9, 1927)" ... exactly one year after Usui's death.

It also says that the tombstone was erected by MikaoUsui's son, Fuji Usui

On the left side of the tombstone, the inscription tells of the passing of Toshiko Usui, daughter of Mikao and Sadako.  She died September 23, 1935 at the age of 22 (21 in Western counting).

According to Arjava Petter in his book "Reiki Fire":

"At the beginning of 1993, my wife Chetna interviewed one of Dr. Usui's relatives, the wife of his grandson, who told us that her mother-in-law, Dr. Usui's daughter, had left a clause in her will stating that his name should never be mentioned in her house."

It is curious that Toshiko was not laid to rest with her husband's family. 

It's interesting that no-one has paid much attention to this additional marker on the family plot.  It is the grave stone of Fuji Usui, Mikao Usui's son. 

The heading reads "Boshi" or"Epitaph"
On the right side of the stone, it reads:

"Sei shin in ken ho bu zan koji
Showa nij ichinen shichi gatsu tka
Usui Fuji guonen sanjukyu sai"

"Truthful honorable sincere warrior mountain layman
Died seventh month tenth day twenty-first year Showa (July 10th, 1946)
Fuji Usui -  age 39 years old"

(Note: I am told the true Japanese meaning is much more gracious but we wanted to give you an idea of the literal. )

Again, as on his father's stone, the second line is a descriptive of the deceased.

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