In 1976, 35-year-old Fumihiko Indei, with no fluency in English, but with confidence and determination in his heart, arrived in Honolulu to bring Namikoshi Shiatsu Therapy to Hawaii. It was an intimidating challenge, but Sensei Indei had the blessing of Tokujiro Namikoshi.
Various types of manual massage were already established in Hawaii, so Sensei Indei diligently worked to secure a foothold for the unknown Namikoshi Shiatsu Therapy. Among his early efforts was conducting a non-credit Shiatsu therapy class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Campus Center. Word quickly spread about the gentle therapy where clients did not have to disrobe and no oil was used. It became so popular that within a year, Sensei Indei opened his own establishment, Aisen Chiryo Doin Inc. to service his growing clientele.
Over the years, his clients have included politicians, business leaders, movie stars, educators, athletes, and homemakers. Still highly regarded in Japan, Sensei Indei is popular with Japanese tourists who seek relief from the aches and pains of traveling.
Just as Tokujiro Namikoshi did in Japan, Sensei Indei established his own school in Honolulu to train Shiatsu therapists. Established in 1977, Aisen Shiatsu School is licensed by the Hawaii Department of Education.