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Amazing Near-Death Experience of a Man Who Suffered Full Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Brain Death

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This is a true story of a man who suffered full cardiopulmonary arrest and brain death, but came back to life again 30 minutes after being confirmed dead.


His name is Tsuruhiko Kiuchi (1954 -), a Japanese comet hunter who had an amazing near-death experience.

Tsuruhiko Kiuchi (1954 -), a Japanese comet hunter and a writer. Kiuchi discovered Comet Cernis-Kiuchi-Nakamura (1990b) and Comet Tsuchiya-Kiuchi (1990i) and rediscovered Comet Metcalf-Brewington (1906VI=97P/1906 V2) and Comet Swift-Tuttle (109P/Swift-Tuttle). Kiuchi is also well-known for his near-death experience.

A Comet Hunter Who Had a Near-Death Experience

Kiuchi was born in 1954 in Koumi town, Minamisaku District, Nagano, Japan.


When he was in his fifth year of elementary school, he saw Comet Iketani-Seki (C/1965 S1) which sparked his lifelong interesting in comets.

Comet Ikeya-Seki, 30 October 1965. Photo by James W. Young (TMO/JPL/NASA)

Kiuchi worked for Japan Air Self-Defense Force as a flight dispatcher of aeronautical operational control in Hyakuri Air Base in Omitama, Ibaraki, Japan.


At the age of 22, when he finished a night work in the airport control tower of the air base, Kiuchi was struck down with excruciating pain in his abdomen.


Then, he was taken to a hospital.


He was diagnosed with superior mesenteric artery duodenal obstruction which was a very rare case, because only 120 cases as to the disease were reported in the world.


Unfortunately, it was also known as a critical illness.


Actually, no one had ever survived the disease at that time.

However, 30 minutes after being pronounced dead, Kiuchi miraculously revived.


It is the only example in Japan that the resuscitation after being confirmed dead was recorded in the medical chart.


Therefore, the Kiuchi’s case was reported as a rare instance in the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences.


After that, Kiuchi published books about his amazing near-death experience and the books hit the bestseller list in Japan.


This near-death experience made him think, 

What is this universe?

What am I?

Thus, the above question became the source of his drive for comet-hunting.


After recovery from illness, Kiuchi retired from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and began comet hunting.

Then, he made outstanding achievements in comet hunting.


On March 16, 1990, he discovered Comet Cernis-Kiuchi-Nakamura (1990b).


On July 16, 1990, he discovered Comet Tsuchiya-Kiuchi (1990i).


On January 7, 1991, he rediscovered Comet Metcalf-Brewington (1906VI=97P/1906 V2).


On September 27, 1992, he rediscovered the Comet Swift-Tuttle (109P/Swift-Tuttle).

Perseid meteor, originating from Comet Swift-Tuttle, from the ISS

Before the rediscovery, it was predicted that the Comet Swift-Tuttle would return between 1979 and 1983, but it didn’t show up.


In 1990-1992, comet hunters around the world usually calculated cometary orbits using a computer and spotted a comet on a photographic plate.


However, Kiuchi calculated cometary orbits using a handy calculator and then spotted comets with a large binocular telescope in Mt. Yatsugatake.

Kiuchi hunting for a comet through a large binocular telescope in Mt. Yatsugatake

Thus, Kiuchi became famous as an amateur astronomer to hunt comets in Japan.

Amazing Near-Death Experience

Kiuchi is also famous as a person who had near-death experience.


As described above, at the age of 22, Kiuchi was on the verge of life and death.


He felt foggy lying a hospital bed and heard his doctor saying to his family,

I think he has just a week to live.

Then, Kiuchi suddenly slipped into critical condition.


He abruptly lost consciousness as if a blind was closed.

A Tunnel Covered with Mud

Kiuchi found himself in the darkness.


He did not know where he was.


When he looked around, he found a light in the distance.

So, he began to move towards to the light.


He felt as if he crept through mud in a rice field.


After a while, he crept out of mud.


When he looked back, he saw a cave-like tunnel, through which he had crept.


Outside the tunnel, it was gloomy as if during sunset.

Before him, he saw a dim light like a camp fire in the distance.

Styx and a Wooden Boat

After he walked for some time, he got to a mighty river.


Then, he walked along the reedy riverside looking for a way to the other side of the river.


He found a wooden boat.

Unfortunately, the boat was half broken and it had no oar.


However, he pushed the boat into the river and jumped in it.


Then, he ploughed through the river swing his arms in water.


The boat drifted from left to right along the course of the river.


Strangely, he found that the position of the light before him did not change at all, though the boat drifted from left to right..


When he got to the other side, he fell flat on his face on the grass from exhaustion.

A Reunion with the Departed People

After a while, Kiuchi raised his head and he saw a bonfire-like light about 15 to 20 meters away from him.


Near the light, the shadows of four or five people were wavering like heat haze.


Then, one of the shadows came close to him.

It was a middle-aged woman in a mourning dress.


At that time, he did not know she was, but he later found that she looked exactly the same as his aunt who died young soon after he was born.


She asked him,

What brings you here, Tsuruhiko?

He could not come up with the right words to say.


Then, the woman took him to the bonfire.


Around the bonfire, there were two old women, an old man and a young man.


Kiuchi was surprised see the young man, because the young man was his cousin who died several years before.


Actually, he died in his 20s after getting stuck in a bulldozer.


Kiuchi was happy to see him again and had a great conversation about their relatives and his uncle.

A Hill and a Field of Flowers

Some time after that, his deceased aunt said to him,

Follow me.

Then, Kiuchi followed her.


He saw a hill with a gentle slope ahead of him.


The hill was grassy, but it had no trees.


They reached to the top of the hill.


The opposite side of the hill was full of flowers.

The flowers smelled sweet.

The Golden Sun and an Angel

When Kiuchi looked up at the sky, he saw a big golden light there.


Thus, everything glowed gold in the light.

He and his deceased aunt walked through the field of flowers.


Suddenly, Kiuchi saw a ball of light popped up from the golden light in the sky.


The ball moved about freely in the sky leaving a trail of light behind it like a dragon.


Amazingly, it came down in front of his eyes.


Kiuchi saw the face of a person in the ball of light.


It seemed that the person looked into his face.


It was a noble and beautiful woman.

According to Koichi, the woman looked like the Queen of Grace.

A Miraculous Return from the Dead

After that, they went down the hill.


On the way, Kiuchi realized that his deceased aunt had disappeared.

Where did she go?

He got worried about her and thus, he looked about him.


At that time, he woke up suddenly.

Kiuchi found that he stood by a hospital bed.


He was amazed to find that his dead body was lying on the bed.

In the room, a doctor and nurses scrambled to revive his body.


No one seemed to have been aware of Kiuchi standing by the bed.


Suddenly, he desired to return to life again.

He wanted to confirm whether what he saw through his near-death experience was true or hallucinations.


He also wanted to confirm his near-death experience on his own after he revived.


Thus, Kiuchi moved in closer to his dead body lying on the bed.


Surprisingly, the next moment, he found that his mind went back in his body.


At the same time, the pain came back, too.


His consciousness was also clouded as soon as he went back in his body.


He lost consciousness again.


When he came again to himself, he found that his another aunt sat at the bedside.


She tried to bring a spoon to his mouth.


In a foggy daze, Kiuchi took a sip of rice water in the spoon.

Oh, yummy.

He said without thinking.

He returned!

His aunt cried out.


Then, the doctor and nurses gathered at the room.


It was about 10 hours after he was out of critical condition that he was pulled back to consciousness.

After the Near-Death Experience

After that, he rapidly recovered.


Kiuchi took a duodenum bypass surgery and the operation was a success.


Then, he was discharged from hospital.


His case was so rare that a lot of medical professionals asked him for an interview not only in hospital but also after discharge from the hospital.


One day, an anesthetist reviewed a record of brain wave and an electrocardiogram of Kiuchi at the critical condition.

He asked Kiuch eagerly

Did you see something then?

The anesthetist seems to have interested in his near-death experience.


Thus, Kiuchi told him the details of his near-death experience, such as the tunnel like cave, the huge river, the field of flowers and reunion with the deceased relatives.


Amazingly, it was well known to hospital staffs that critically ill patients saw a tunnel, a light and a field of flowers.


More surprisingly, the doctor confirmed the full cardiopulmonary arrest and absence of brain waves of Kiuchi.

In other words, it was confirmed in the medical record that he was stone dead.


Nevertheless, he miraculously returned from the dead.


Kiuchi began to tell people around him an amazing near-death experience.


After he revived, Kiuchi has been actively involved in giving a speech and releasing a book to prove the existence of the spirit world through his own near-death experience.


Someday, the time may come when the existence of the spirit world will be confirmed scientifically.


As a result, the New Age of Exploration of the Unknown Spirit World may come in the future.

December 2, 2018



  1. Tsuruhiko Kiuchi (November 1995). “The memory of the space.”
  2. Tsuruhiko Kiuchi (April 2003). "The starry heavens teach our way of living."
  3. Tsuruhiko Kiuchi (May 23, 2014). "My near-death experience teach the structure of the universe."
  4. Tsuruhiko Kiuchi In Wikipedia.



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