Meifu Shinkage Ryū was developed by Chikatoshi Someya throughout the 1960's and 1970's. Previously he studied Katori Shintō Ryū under Sugino Yoshio, particularly enjoying shurikenjutsu. After researching various other schools of shuriken, Someya Sensei developed his own shuriken and associated technique leading to the formation of Meifu Shinkage Ryū.
In 1995 Yasuyuki Ōtsuka was appointed as the grand master of Meifu Shinkage Ryū. In 2009 the Someya family granted Ōtsuka Sensei the title of Sōke. Sōke Ōtsuka teaches regularly at his dōjō in Tōkyō as well as holding classes and seminars at various dōjō and keikokai in Japan and overseas.
With a history in shuriken research, Meifu Shinkage Ryū studies the techniques of other schools as well as its own. Shurikenjutsu is recognised as a part of kenjutsu (sword technique).