About Us

Our History

Emi founded Rikyu in 2009 in Wembley, north west London. She started from scratch by hiring a small room in a fitness club, building up a loyal clientele and refining the Rikyu philosophy.

In 2012 she relocated the salon to its present location high above the city in leafy, tranquil Muswell Hill, refurbishing a period mews building in authentic Japanese style and expanding the range of treatments on offer.

Hugely popular in the local area, Rikyu also continues to bring in people from far and wide with our bespoke range. We have found that 8 out of 10 people who come to us return with positive feedback, so please get in touch to find your inner serenity and experience London’s best kept secret!

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Our Philosophy

Our salon is named after the 15th century Japanese tea ceremony master ”Sen no Rikyu”. His vision was to incorporate the ancient Japanese aesthetic of “Wabi-Sabi” into the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Wabi-Sabi represents that true, authentic beauty appears through simplicity, modesty and tranquillity.

In the same way that he modified this conception towards his art, our philosophy at Rikyu is to bring out your elegance and serenity through our hospitality and simple yet high quality services.

Owner / Therapist


Emi Hojo


Emi has been working as a beauty and complementary therapist for over 15 years in both the UK and her native Japan. She is fully qualified for the practice of Aromatherapy, Reiki, Bowen Technique, Reflexology, La Stone Therapy and many more.

Her considerable experience has given her the insight and knowledge to meet any demands with her unique massage technique, based on a mixture of traditional Oriental methods and modern Western styles. She believes that this holistic approach gives the client both a pleasurable, relaxing experience and the satisfaction of seeing definite results!

Emi has worked with a wide range of clients, including Premiership footballers and media celebrities as well as business executives and members of the local community.

Therapists at Rikyu


Rika Manabe

Rika is an experienced complementary therapist with over 18 years experience of work both in the UK and Japan.

Rika began her career as an Aromatherapist and trainer working for one of the largest aromatherapy companies in Japan, and she has played an active part in embedding practice of this relatively new discipline in Japan.

Her professional repertoire of treatments includes Sports massage, Manual lymphatic drainage, Hot Stone massage and many more. Rika has also trained on Elemis facial massage techniques, and provides training and consultancy to management and staff in spas across Japan.

Haruka Thwaits

Becoming a beauty therapist who incorporates human anatomy and physiology was a case of fate for Haruka, which she first showed an interest in while learning human dissection, anatomy and physiology in the dentistry college in Japan. This keen interest in the subjects prompted a change in direction for her and after discontinuing the dentistry college she immediately enrolled in prestigious hair dressing school. She received a Japanese National Hair Dresser Licence and also acquired various sought after qualifications within the beauty industry such as nails and make-up etc.

After coming to the UK, she studied Beauty and Spa Management at the London College of Fashion. Whilst studying there she received one award for massage and another for aromatherapy which only one student is able to receive. When she was an intern in a five star hotel’s spa, she implemented high class treatments coupled with first class hospitality.
She graduated from Westminster university Herbal Medicine course and she introduces herbal treatments into health and beauty.


Our clients say: 

Thank you for finding the best version of me!

The results speak for themselves, my skin and general wellbeing have been profoundly impacted by Emi and her healing hands. Judi, Belsize Park
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