Japanese Psychic VS Newspaper Reporter

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This is a true story written by a Japanese famous politician of the Liberal Democratic Party and a writer, Tōkō Kon.


Tōkō Kon (1898-1977) was  a politician of the Liberal Democratic Party. 

Tōkō Kon (1898-1977).

Kon was also a writer and he wrote a novel “Ogin-sama” in 1956, for which he received the 36th Naoki Prize, a Japanese famous literary award.


In 1967, Kon wrote an interesting story about a famous Japanese psychic, Onisaburo Deguchi as an introductory sentence of the book, “A Giant, Onisaburo Deguchi” written by Onisaburo’s grandchild Kyotaro Deguchi.

Man Possessed by a Fox Spirit

One day, one of the Kon’s friends, Mitsuzo Sasaki came to his home.


Sasaki was a famous Japanese novelist in the early 1900s in Japan.


He was best known for samurai novels, including “Umon’s Detective Story” and “Taikutsu otoko Hatamoto.”


These novels gained such popularity that each of their volumes were cinematized in Japan.


Sasaki was crazy about literary from his early days and he always wore a red turkish cap.


Thus, Sasaki was known as a famous figure of Meji University in Tokyo.

Mitsuzo Sasaki (1896-1934)

Sasaki said to Kon.

Why don’t we see Mr. Onisaburo Deguchi?


I was very surprised by Onisaburo!

Sasaki was very mature for his age and thus normally nothing could surprise him.


However, at that day, Sasaki was unusually very excited.


So, Kon was sure that Onisaburo must be a really amazing man.


Onisaburo Deguchi (1871-1948) was the greatest psychic in Japan.

Deguchi Onisaburo (1871-1948) left a voluminous amount of prophetic writings and made a lot of predictions of the future. It is said that more than 95% of his predictions came true.

He was a spiritual leader of religious movement in Japan in the early 1900s.


Onisaburo had a great ability to foretell the future.


He left a voluminous amount of prophetic writings and enormous number of predictions.


Amazingly, most of his predictions came true.


According to his followers.

Onisaburo’s prediction has an accuracy of more than 95%

Actually, Onisaburo showed a great talent in reading the future.


He was a marvelous prophet and thus he received a great response in Japan in the early 1900s.


Even today, his predictions are coming true, such as Apple Watch.


If you are interested in Onisaburo’s amazing prediction of the release of Apple Watch, please click the link below.

Therefore, Onisaburo has great influence on Japanese spiritual culture even now.


Sasaki said to Kon with excitement,

The other day, I went with my friend to see Mr. Onisaburo.


We sat in front of Mr. Onisaburo to exchange courtesies with him.


Suddenly, he breathed on my shoulders and fluttered his hands as if he drove away something invisible.

Sasaki was wondering why Onisaburo was doing such a strange thing.


So, he asked Onisaburo,

Excuse me, Sir.


 What are you doing?

 Onisaburo smiled at Sasaki,

I saw an old fox that possessed you sat on your shoulders.


So, I just drove it away now.

A depiction of a woman possessed by a fox, by a Japanese artist, Okada Gyokuzan. This state of possession by a fox was called  “Kitsune-tsuki ” in Japan.

Then Onisaburo added,

Your life must have been full of cares and worries.


It is because that old fox possessed you. 

Onisaburo’s words came home to Sasaki’s heart.


Actually, Sasaki’s life was really full of cares and worries, because he was burdened with huge debts after his brother’s death and he took care of all his brother’s family.


In addition, Sasaki also took care of the family of the boarding house that he had lived during his young days, because the family had helped him in deep trouble.


Therefore, no matter how much money he earned, it wasn’t enough.


So, Onisaburo’s words hit the nail on the head.


Sasaki could not restrain his excitement.

Mr. Onisaburo told me an old fox had possessed me and it was because why I have lived a hard life, so far.


So, you should also see Mr. Onisaburo, because I think something like a fox may possess you, too!

In this way, Sasaki urged Kon to see Onisaburo.

Clairvoyance Psychic VS Newspaper Reporter

Later, Sasaki also told his amazing experience to a newspaper reporter.


But the newspaper reporter did not believe him.


On the contrary, he mocked Sasaki,



A fox spirit possessed you?


That’s absolute nonsense!


You are being deceived by a crazy man!

I think Onisaburo uses a cold reading!


It’s a conventional technique used by psychics, fortune-tellers, mediums and scam artists to imply the reader knows much more about the person than the reader actually does.


I bet you are deceived by such a cunning fraud!


Take me to Onisaburo immediately!


I will catch the fraud out!

Thus, Sasaki took the newspaper reporter to Onisaburo.


Sasaki told Onisaburo that the reporter was skeptical about Onisaburo’s psychic power.


Onisaburo nodded with a grin.

I got it.


Most people are suspicious of my psychic power.


In particular, people today believe that skeptics are so cool.


Well, I will make him believe so that he cannot doubt enough.

Thus, Onisaburo turned to the newspaper reporter, and said,

I will tell you how much money do you have in your wallet.


Do you know how much money you have now, to the small coins?

The newspaper reporter answered diffidently.

Umm, I don’t know that exactly. 

That’s how it is with most people.


Well, I will tell you how much money you have now.


You have a 10 yen bill, a 5 yen bill, three 1 yen bill and the loose coins are 38 sen.


Thus, the total amount of your money is 18 yen and 38 sen.


Now, let’s see money in your wallet!

Then, the newspaper reporter took out his leather wallet and coin purse out of his pocket.

Amazingly, the total amount was exactly 18 yen and 38 sen, just as Onisaburo told.


The reporter’s jaw dropped to the floor.

No way!


How did you know?


I can’t think you are a mindreader, because even I didn’t know exactly how much money I had in my pocket!


How is it possible?

After all, the newspaper reporter had to admit Onisaburo’s spiritual power.

I’m sorry, Sir.


I got to hand it to you.

He apologized for suspecting Onisaburo’s psychic power.

Everyone can use their psychic power

Onisaburo told him with a smile.

It’s quite simple.


Today, there are quite a few people who call them as leaders of new religions.


But, they can’t even do something as simple as this.


However, everyone can do this, if they have enough psychic power.


This psychic power is called as Houriki in Buddhism.

Onisaburo added, 

So, it’s no wonder Christ performed many miracles.

Christ Walks on Water, by Ivan Aivazovsky, 1888. To many Christians and Muslims, it is believed that the miracles of Jesus are actual historical events. According to Onisaburo, it is no wonder that Jesus performed many miracles. 

The above Onisaburo’s episode may be unbelievable to you, but it is the true story written by a Japanese politician of established reputation.


Some day, you may also gain an amazing psychic power.


Published on June 3, 2018

Updated on March 12, 2019 

Written by OTAKUPAPA


  1. Kyotaro Deguchi (August 30, 2001). “A Giant, Onisaburo Deguchi.”
  2. Tōkō Kon
  3. Mitsuzo Sasaki
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