Heguru Right Brain Education: Ruiko Henmi

For those of you who may not be aware, Ruiko Henmi is one of the founders of Heguru and one of the most inspirational women I have met. I felt it was important to get to know a little more about the Right Brain teacher who has brought out the potential in so many students.

About Ruiko Henmi

Ruiko Henmi

Mrs Ruiko Henmi is the Principal of Henmi Educational General Laboratory. Mrs Henmi is a very popular teacher who is often featured on TV programs. She has developed various right brain educational programs at Tachikawa campus. Her bold and meticulous training system has benefitted thousands of students in the HEGL school program.

Excerpts from the Japan Times

On the discovery of Hado Reading:

Fifteen years ago, Ruiko Henmi, an operator of schools focusing on right-brain development, saw a 7-year-old boy read a paperback in less than a minute and she did not believe it was possible he retained any of the information it contained.

She then saw other children racing through books using the “hado yomi” (literally, “wave-action reading”) ultrafast speed-reading method, which consists of flipping through several hundred pages a few times in less than a minute and understanding the content. Many of the children were her students.

Two years later, she gathered 100 children who claimed they could do the ultra-fast reading and had them do it in front of her eyes. She then gave them 15 minutes to write a summary of the book.

Most of the children got the summary correct, and some of them even filled eight pages of A4-size paper, Henmi said.

“That’s when I was convinced it was real. I thought developing the right brain must have helped,” said Henmi, CEO of HEGL, which stands for Henmi Educational General Laboratory.

On the potential of the right brain:

Henmi said: “This training lets them use a part of the brain they don’t use in their daily lives. It stimulates their brain to enhance its potential.”

Such potential can help some students read 10,000 books a month. Those who do so can enter the “Ichimankai” (literally, “the 10,000 group”) and are eligible to take more advanced courses for right-brain development at Henmi’s school.

Out of 1,000 students in Tachikawa, 250 are in Ichimankai. Altogether, there are more than 1,000 people in the Ichimankai, including alumni of her school, Henmi said, noting Ichimankai members can control the left and right sides of their brain simultaneously.

Adults can learn too:

Henmi stressed that adults can also develop their brain potential. “I want people to know that everybody has hidden abilities,” she said. “And if you develop such abilities, you will be able to live like yourself and have a happy life.”


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