Kaiji Tomita: Amazing Man Who Saved a Dying Cow with Reiki Therapy [Episode 11]

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This is a true story of a Japanese man who saved a dying cow with Reiki therapy.

Kaiji Tomita was a Japanese man living in Osaka in Japan in the Taisho era (1912-1926).

Tomita learned the original Reiki directly from Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki at the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Therapy Society).

If you are interested in the details of the amazing life of Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, please click the link below.

After that, in order to spread Reiki in Japan, Tomita opened his clinic in front of Ichioka Junior High School (the current Ichioka High School) in Minato-ku, Osaka, where he established the “Tomita Hand Healing.”

Source Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work

Amazingly, Tomita gained a miraculous healing power to cure all kinds of diseases in only 10 hours of Reiki training.

If you are interested in the episode of Kaiji Tomita’s Reiki treatment shortly after he learned Reiki, please click the link below.

In this post, I would like to introduce the story of a Japanese man who saved a dying cow with Reiki therapy.

Kaiji Tomita Treated a Dying Cow with Reiki Therapy

In Japan at that time, the price of raw silk was cheap and the price of rice was down.

Vegetables were priced at 2, 3 yen a carload, and the depression of the Japanese farming communities at that time was extremely severe.

Therefore, it was a time when farmers took up various side jobs to increase their income.

One night, past midnight, with the mountain pines rustling in the wind and the sound of waves hitting the shore in the distance, Kaiji Tomita was driving his truck.

He was on his way home from staying late at a friend’s house for summer vacation.

The lights of his truck’s headlights lit up the road as he drove on in the dark night.

And as his truck was about to pass down the front road of Mr. Asai’s house, he saw a man standing in front of a cowshed with his arms folded in thought in darkness.

Mr. Asai mumbled as he gazed at the cowshed.

Three hundred yen!

Three hundred yen!

Tomita stopped his truck and asked Asai.

Asai, what are you thinking about in the dark, this late at night?

Oh, it’s you.

I’m in big trouble.

I have to cry goodbye to my three hundred yen cow in this recession.

The cow we bought at great expense got sick.

So I invited a vet to check it out a while ago.

The vet said,

‘This cow has no chance of surviving.

It will be dead by tomorrow.’

That’s what the vet told me just now.

Oh, I’m in trouble.

My 300 yen cow is sick and dying!

So I just can’t stay in my bed.

Asai rattled off a series of whining words,

Three hundred yen*1 !

300 yen was a considerable amount of money in Japan at the time.
At that time, the starting salary of a college graduate elementary school teacher was 50 yen.

Then Asai asked him for advice.

Tomita-sensei, is there anything we can do to save my cow?

Tomita pondered for a while.

So far he had helped some people with Reiki therapy, but he had yet to help a cow.

Even cows should be able to be healed with Reiki.

Since Reiki is essentially the same for all living things, it should be effective for cows as well!

Thinking this, Tomita said,

Okay, I’ll treat your cow with Reiki!

Asai was pleased.

Tomita wasn’t sure if Asai was pleased from the bottom of his heart or half-heartedly, but Asai was pleased anyway.

Or maybe was Asai pretending to be happy out of obligation to me?

Tomita suspected so because Asai had no way of knowing if he could cure the cow’s disease with Reiki.

Even Tomita himself had never treated a cow with Reiki.

Asai said to Tomita,

Will my cow be saved?

Will Reiki cure it?

The vet told me to give up, assuming my cow was going to die tonight.

But I would really appreciate it if my cow could be cured by your Reiki therapy.

After all, it’s a 300 yen cow!

Asai uttered the amount of “300 yen” again.

Then Tomita and Asai turned on the lamplight and looked at the cowshed.

The sick cow had a weak inhalation but a violent exhalation.

It had a large belly, hung its head, had no appetite, and closed its eyes.

Also, the joints in both of the cow’s legs were thick and swollen, and the cow was in agony.

Even though it was an animal, Tomita felt very sorry for the cow.

Tomita had assured Asai that he would treat his cow, but when he actually saw the condition of the sick cow, he was a bit confused.

He had no idea where to start treating the cow.

Since he could not sit still in the cowshed, nor could he treat the cow in a standing posture, he had no choice but to treat it in a half-sitting posture.

Tomita didn’t know how to cure the cow with Reiki, so he decided to give it a Reiki treatment anyway, even if it was bullshit.

First, he put his hand on the cow’s forehead near its hair whorl patterns and treated it with Reiki for about ten minutes.

Next, he put his hands all over the cow’s big belly.

That took about 30 minutes.

Then he treated the cow with both hands around the swollen part of its front leg.

In the end, Tomita finished the cow’s Reiki treatment in about an hour of total time.

When Tomita finished his Reiki treatment, it occurred to him.

It’s hard to believe that putting my tiny palm here and there on this large area of the cow’s body will have any therapeutic effect.

So Tomita wondered if Reiki therapy would really work on the sick cow or not.

I can’t perform metabolic promotion method*2 on the sick cow.

The cow’s belly is bloated, but I can’t even perform the diuretic method on the cow.

However, there is nothing else that I can do to cure the sick cow.

So I’ll just have to wait and see what happens to the cow.

The “metabolism promotion method” was often used by practitioners of Reiki therapy in Japan in the early Showa period (the 1920s-1930s) and was regarded as a highly effective method.

Asai held a lamp and watched Tomita’s Reiki treatment while he swatted away the swarming mosquitoes with his hand.

Okay, will this treatment cure the cow?

That’s going to cure it, isn’t it?

It should be cured!

Tomita murmured in a powerless voice.

And Asai, also in a powerless voice, thanked him,

Thank you for that…

However, Tomita, who was treating the cow, actually had doubts about the effectiveness of Reiki treatment on the cow.

Asai also thought that Tomita had only put a spell of dubious effect on his cow.

Kaiji Tomita Saved the Dying Cow with Reiki Therapy

Then they separated and went back to their respective homes to sleep.

But they were worried about the cow, so they waited for dawn to fall.

The next morning Tomita and Asai gathered in line in front of the cowshed, as if they had arranged it in advance.

They laughed and tilted their heads.

Asai clapped his hands three or four times and looked at the cow as he discussed it with Tomita in amusement.

The cow was eating the straw laid on its bed and the green grass.

Also, the tub of special feed for the cow was empty.

Apparently you saved my 300-yen cow.

Thanks to you, I’m very grateful!

Asai thanked Tomita.

The effects of Reiki therapy are truly remarkable.

It’s a wonder to me!

Tomita was also proud and pleased.

Asai was happy that he didn’t lose three hundred yen, and Tomita was thrilled with the spiritual effects of Reiki therapy.

So their hearts must have been filled with joy.

Inside the cowshed, the cow was completely indifferent to the pleasure of the two men, and it was eating raw grass without reservation.

Then Asai said,

I’m sorry, would you mind treating my cow with Reiki again?

Okay, I’ll treat your cow!

Tomita replied graciously.

They felt several times more energetic than they were last night.

After that, Tomita treated the cow only three times in all, but it was kept healthy with no problems until a full year later.

It is a wonder that putting a small palm on a huge cow of more than 100 kan (about 830 pounds or 375 kilograms) was enough to make the cow recover fully in this way.

After only three Reiki treatments, the taut cow’s belly became smaller, and the swelling in its forelimbs went down.

Amazingly, the cow recovered completely from its illness, even though the vet had diagnosed it as dying the next day!

Tomita realized that despite the animal’s large bodyweight, Reiki had an ideal therapeutic effect on the animal, which made him truly appreciate Reiki from the bottom of his heart.

When Tomita was leaving, Asai kindly gave him some of the glossy, red-ripened tomatoes that had been in his field.

If you are interested in the next episode of Kaiji Tomita’s Reiki treatment, please click the link below.


  1. Kaiji Tomita (February 1933). “Reiki To Jinjutsu: Tomita-Style Hand Therapy.”

Published on September 26, 2020

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