Frank 'Arjava' Petter
Arjava (his spiritual name) is German. He married a Japanese woman, and after living a while in Germany decided to move to Japan. It seemed logical to open a language school, and they decided, why not teach Reiki here as well. Because of this they were in the right place at the right time to start hearing stories from their students students of people who had been doing Reiki for 60-70 years. Following up on these, he 'discovered' the Usui Memorial, the original Reiki Ryoho Gakkai organization, and Dr Usui's original handbook. Arjava has done a great deal of original on the ground research in Japan, and helped other teachers, notably Tadao Yamaguchi, bring the information he knew into the Reiki world.
I met Arjava when he first taught the Japanese Reiki Techniques in the United States in 1999 at the Reiki Retreat in Watervliet, Michigan. I adapted much of the material (with permission) to create a Japanese Reiki Techniques workbook for my students, which I have since added to with information from other sources. In one of those truly bizarre synchronicites that happens a lot to me when I am in Japan, I was teaching for the first time in Japan, a Reiki 1&2 class in october 2001, and who should i see but Arjava? He was helping someone teach a non-Reiki workshop the same weekend, in the same hotel. Considering Arjava lived in an entirely different part of Japan this was remarkable. I also ended up meeting a number of the people that attended this 'family constellation' workshop, and the following year several even took classes with me.