Fukurai, Tomobichi
President of the Psychical Institute of Japan, professor of
Kohyassan University, and former professor at the Imperial
University of Tokyo. He was obliged to resign because of a book
he published in 1913 on his experiments with Chizuko Mifune
and Ikuko Nagao, declaring clairvoyance to be a fact.
With Nagao’s assistance, Fukurai also conducted experiments
in thought photography. Other mediums with whom he
experimented included three women, Tetsuko Moritake, Sadako
Takahashi, and Tenshin Takeuchi, and one man, Kohichi
Mita. His results were presented in the 1913 book, translated
into English in 1921 under the title Clairvoyance and Thoughtography.
The book was reissued with additional matter in 1931
and again in 1975. The implications of Fukurai’s pioneer work
were not pursued in the West for many years. Jule Eisenbud’s
work with the ‘‘thought photography’’ of Ted Serios in 1964
had parallels to Fukurai’s investigations.
Fukurai, Tomobichi. Clairvoyance and Thoughtography. 1921.
Rev. ed. London Rider, 1930. Reprint, 1975.
Otani, Soji. ‘‘Past and Present Situation of Parapsychology
in Japan.’’ In Parapsychology Today A Geographic View. Edited by
Allan Angoff and Betty Shapin. New York Parapsychology
Foundation, 1973

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