Mikao Usui

1865 - 1926

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Mikao Usui (臼井甕男, 15 August 1865 – 9 March 1926, commonly Usui Mikao in Japanese) was the father of a form of spiritual practice known as Reiki,: 108–10  used as an alternative therapy for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental diseases. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikao Usui has received more than 320,233 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Mikao Usui is the 757th most popular religious figure (down from 733rd in 2019), the 161st most popular biography from Japan (down from 137th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Religious Figure.

Mikao Usui is most famous for being the founder of the Usui Reiki Ryoho.

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Among religious figures, Mikao Usui ranks 757 out of 2,238Before him are Mary of Bethany, Lucile Randon, Saint Susanna, Bruno of Querfurt, Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia, and Gemma Galgani. After him are Abdullah ibn Saba', Sun Myung Moon, William of Gellone, Hans Egede, Agabus, and Eugen Sandow.

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Among people born in 1865, Mikao Usui ranks 29Before him are Arthur Harden, Amélie of Orléans, Benjamin Guggenheim, Jacques Hadamard, John Mott, and L'Inconnue de la Seine. After him are Wilfrid Voynich, Valentin Serov, Rashid Rida, Gabriel Narutowicz, Gérard Encausse, and Frederick Cook. Among people deceased in 1926, Mikao Usui ranks 26Before him are John Browning, Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Nikola Pašić, Karl Harrer, Viktor Vasnetsov, and Kim Hyong-jik. After him are Victor, Prince Napoléon, William Bateson, Constantin Fehrenbach, Ellen Key, Friedrich von Wieser, and Knut Wicksell.

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Among people born in Japan, Mikao Usui ranks 161 out of 6,048Before him are Arata Isozaki (1931), Emperor Sujin (-147), Shigeru Miyamoto (1952), Shigeru Yoshida (1878), Fujiko Fujio (1934), and Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604). After him are Emperor Ōjin (210), Kitarō (1953), Yasuhiro Nakasone (1918), Honda Tadakatsu (1548), Satoshi Ōmura (1935), and Emperor Tenji (626).


Among religious figures born in Japan, Mikao Usui ranks 6Before him are Kane Tanaka (1903), Nichiren (1222), Dōgen (1200), Benkei (1155), and Paulo Miki (1564). After him are Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659), Sen no Rikyū (1522), Ikkyū (1394), Dom Justo Takayama (1552), Eisai (1141), and Saichō (767).