On April 24, 2015, Apple Watch was released by Apple Inc.
It is capable of receiving photos, videos, phone calls and sending e-mails via a paired iPhone over Wi-Fi.
Also, WatchOS 4.1 lets you stream Beats 1 Radio, Apple Music or your iCloud Music Library over Wi-Fi or directly from the wrist.
We could not have imagined that a wrist watch has such a variety of functions.
However, 100 years ago, a Japanese psychic predicted the release of Apple Watch.
- 1 Onisaburo Deguchi, a Great Psychic of Japan in the Early 1900s
- 2 Onisaburo Had a Great Influence on Japanese Martial Arts, Aikido
- 3 Amazing Onisaburo’s Predictions of the Future Gadgets
Onisaburo Deguchi, a Great Psychic of Japan in the Early 1900s
Onisaburo Deguchi (1871-1948) was a great psychic of Japan in the early 1900s.
Deguchi Onisaburo (1871-1948).
He was a spiritual leader of Oomoto religious movement that had a great influence on the Japanese spiritual culture in the early 1900s.
He has a great ability to foretell the future and thus he left a voluminous amount of prophetic writings.
According to his followers, Onisaburo’s prediction has an accuracy of more than 95%.
Actually, Onisaburo made a huge number of predictions and many of them came true.
For example, he predicted the outbreaks of the two world wars, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan’s defeat in the WWII and so on.
He was a marvelous prophet and thus he has received a great response in Japan in the early 1900s.
Even today, his predictions are coming true, such as Apple Watch, Multicoptor, Maglev and so on.
Onisaburo Had a Great Influence on Japanese Martial Arts, Aikido
Onisaburo was also a teacher and religious instructor of Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), the founder of aikido (合気道), a modern Japanese martial art.
Ueshiba had various anecdotes.
When Ueshiba was around 60 years old, he met a 19 years old young man, Kenshiro Abe, a Judo champion of all Japan.
Abe told him that Ueshiba did not look strong enough to be a martial arts master because he looked very old.
Then, Ueshiba offered Abe his little finger and said.
But young man, you look very strong indeed.
Please break my finger.
Abe accepted his challenge and he took hold of Ueshiba’s finger and tried to break it.
However, the next moment, Abe found himself on the floor and under the full control of Ueshiba.
Abe was astounded at the technique of Ueshiba and then requested that he become his student.
As this anecdote shows, it is believed in Aikido that
Small Can Beat Big
regardless of body build or strength, through the rational use of the body.
Especially, Aikido is not martial arts to harm others.
Ueshiba denied the act of competing in order to win.
Ueshiba’s martial arts philosophy was to extend love and compassion especially to even those who seek to harm others.
Aikido demonstrates this philosophy in its emphasis on mastering martial arts so that one may receive an attack and harmlessly redirect it.
In an ideal resolution, not only is the receiver unharmed, but so is the attacker.
Therefore, Aikido is also called as,
Martial Art of Harmony
This Ueshiba’s philosophy of harmony was profoundly influenced by Onisaburo.
Actually, Ueshiba was one of the well-known followers of Onisaburo.
Ueshiba’s attachment to pacifism in later years and belief that Aikido should be an
Art of Peace
were inspired by his involvement with Onisaburo.
One of the primary features of Onisaburo’s philosophy is its emphasis on
the Attainment of Utopia during One’s Life
In this way, the philosophy of the Japanese martial arts is greatly influenced by Onisaburo.
Thus, Onisaburo was a great philosopher who led to enhancing Japanese spirituality.
Amazing Onisaburo’s Predictions of the Future Gadgets
Well, I will introduce some of the Onisaburo’s well-known predictions, which have been fulfilled.
Prediction 1: The Emergence of Television
Onisaburo had a prominent ability to foresee the future.
For example, he foretold the emergence of television as follows:
With the push of a button, you will be able to see a play in Edo (a former name of Tokyo) from Tanba (Japanese rural areas).
For your reference, the distance between Edo and Tanba is actually more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) in direct distance.
When Onisaburo made the above prophecy in the 1920s, the study of television has just started.
The first working television system was invented on January 26, 1926 by a Scottish engineer, John Logie Baird.
In his laboratory on October 2, 1925, Baird successfully transmitted the first television picture with a greyscale image using his televisor equipment.
The below is the first known photograph of a moving image produced by Baird’s televisor, which was reported in The Times, January 28, 1926.
The above image was produced in a 30-line vertically scanned image, at five pictures per second.
In this way, the television technique in 1920s was far from seeing a live performance of a play.
However, 30 years after, the television technique has so developed that we could watch a live show in far distance.
Actually, in Japan, the first TV broadcast started in 1953 by NHK, the national broadcasting station.
Then, the first Sharp television set was introduced to the Japanese market in 1953.
That was five years after Onisaburo died.
Thus, Onisaburo’s prediction of TV has been fulfilled.
Prediction 2: The Release of Smartwatch
In the 1920s, Onisaburo also foretold the emergency of smartwatch as follows:
A small wrist watch type gadget showing an image will be developed.
As described above, Apple Watch was released by Apple Inc. in 2015.
Furthermore, Onisaburo foretold that phones will also be miniaturized in the future.
A phone will be as small as a wrist watch.
A portable device for watching television was realized by the development of the transistor in 1970s and early 1980s, which was 20-30 years after Onisaburo died.
Thus, Onisaburo’s prediction of Smartwatch has also been fulfilled.
Prediction 3: The Release of Portable Videophone
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In addition to that, Onisaburo made another prophecy about the wrist type gadget as follows.
(Using the wrist type gadget) you will be able to speak to others anywhere around the world, looking at their faces.
About 100 years ago when Onisaburo foretold the above prophecy, nobody in the world could not have imagined that a small gadget with multifunctions would appear in the future.
However, all of the above Onisaburo’s predictions of small gadgets like Smart watches and Smartphones have been realized.
Therefore, Onisaburo had an outstanding ability to foretell the future.
January 14, 2018 Published
January 16, 2019 Updated
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