A more detailed account of the life of Tempu Nakamura Sensei's life can be found on the Sennin Foundation website: Click Here.
Excerpted from Nakamura Tempu and the Origins of Japanese Yoga by H. E. Davey
Japanese Yoga: The Art of Dynamic Meditation by H. E. Davey is published by Stone Bridge Press. For information about this book (as well as Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind & Body Harmony and The Japanese Way of the Flower: Ikebana as Moving Meditation, works also written by Mr. Davey), go to www.stonebridge.com.
Indian forms of yoga have spread throughout the world due to their objectives of promoting health and harmony. Japan is but one of many countries that have received these age-old teachings. Certain distinctive Japanese versions of Indian spiritual paths have evolved. Perhaps the first of these unique methodologies is the art of Shin-shin-toitsu-do, which was developed by Nakamura Tempu Sensei (1876-1968). In fact, Nakamura Sensei is often considered to be the father of yoga in Japan.
Nakamura Sensei contracted tuberculosis, which in those days was frequently a fatal disease. Despite his knowledge of certain traditional Japanese healing methods, his condition worsened. As the result, he went to the United States in the early 1900s to receive Western-style medical treatment, which initially seemed to cure him. Impressed with the effectiveness of the treatments he received, Nakamura Sensei attended Columbia University. He was one of the first Japanese to become a medical doctor.