Japanese Uranai, doom, gloom, and sixties-style cults


I was surprised when one of my friends in Japan mentioned this dramatic increase in the Japanese interest in Uranai ( 占い ) or fortunetellers. There are Japanese fortunetellers on television like Hosoki Kazuko (細木 数子 ). Foreign psychics have been turning up in Japan, such as John Croino (there’s a webpage devoted to his predictions here

    but it doesn’t include all of them unfortunately 😦

). He’s supposed to be unusual in some ways not quite human, but is reputedly very accurate. Doom and gloom predictions are making a big comeback. Psychics are often on Japanese TV, and have a huge media presence.

Despite the image of Japan presented in the American media, with the mix of ancient traditions mixed with ultra high technology, the Japanese have long been very pragmatic and cynical people. In my experience, most Japanese were even more sceptical about the spiritual, ghosts, and the supernatural, than the typical Westerner. After the big scare with the Aum Shinrikyo cult and it’s nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subways, most Japanese began avoiding cults and anything that was even slightly cult-like. “New Age” gurus and hippie spiritualism never got a real foothold – until very, very recently. Suddenly the Japanese have started to question their overwhelmingly materialistic society and the cynical attitude that getting rich and getting the latest gizmo consumer goods and staying in fashion is the ultimate goal to strive for. People are looking around for something more, and spooky stories, tales of hauntings, and psychics on TV are now the big interest. I’ve seen a resurgence of this interest especially in the past three years.

Personally, I believe that Japan is going through their own version of the American 1960s. Just look around at the super-short mini-skirts, and the recent fashion for teeny-tiny hotpants.


The doom and gloom is there too, and Christian missionaries have been flocking to Japan in larger numbers, sent by their various churches (in the USA in particular) to take advantage of the times.

– Tuxedo Penguin

One Response to Japanese Uranai, doom, gloom, and sixties-style cults

  1. Frank in Japan says:

    John Croino is definitely one of the more accurate modern-day prophets. Not all of his predictions have come true in their exact details but he is very close most of the time. He predicted a typhoon this year on November 14 in Tokyo, we didn’t get one by the exact definition, but Tokyo and Yokohama had very heavy rain and strong winds. If I’d seen it in a vision, I’m sure that I would have said “typhoon” too.

    Another of his predictions is coming true right now

    He made a related prediction for this in 2003, and now there’s a scientific scandal involving the “man-made global warming” climate scientists. The IPCC and these “global warming” conmen, fraud, and shysters will be held up to the spotlight by January, I’m sure. Their “Big Lie” is now being exposed.

    This fills me with great cheer, for if the other predictions of John Croino come to pass, even though many of them are nightmarish, we will have the satisfation of knowing that these unethical sociopaths and liars who rule our governments in the West (and control the UN agencies) are going to find themselves either in prison or on the run.

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