It’s not really something representing Japan, of course, but the original experiments with water crystals that are now known as “Messages from Water” were conducted by Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese national.  As the Wikipedia article thoroughly summarizes, Emoto’s experiments with water and his claims that positive changes to water crystals can be achieved through prayer, music or by attaching written words to a container of water, have been dismissed by the scientific community as pseudoscience.

I have nothing to refute the scientific community.  Nevertheless, I find Emoto’s mysterious experiments to be fascinating and, even, delightful.  After all, I do believe that the whole of what we “know” in the universe amounts to a very small part; that is, most of the universe and “science” is still unknown and undiscovered.  This, I believe to be true even if we look at our past.  But if we are looking at the present or the future, then all but a small fraction is a mystery.

Thus, while I don’t generally subscribe to New Age explanations or theories about how our world is organized or the direction it is heading, I find the “discovery” of mysterious crystals in water to be comforting and, at least, entertaining.  And, while I find the commercialism of Office Masaru Emoto to be rather disappointing – selling bottles of water that has been prayed upon (people who buy it have been preyed upon) – it is not really all that surprising or unusual in our world.

On the other hand, if Masaru Emoto’s findings can be used to get more people to appreciate beautiful music, be helpful and kind, and to promote goodness, fairness, and justice in our world, then it is a wonderful discovery!

In any case, I think the story is well worth exploring.  While there are a great many sites and YouTube channels devoted to the topic, here are two that I find to be worth viewing.  The first one is about Masaru Emoto’s research.  The second is about other research on water that uncovers some additional mysteries.

I’m off to the pool for a swim…

The Mystery of Water

Water Has Memory