The first UFO sighting in Japan: Utsuro-Bune

What's Utsuro-Bune?

In the Iwase Bunko Library in Japan there is a text from 1835 entitled Hyōryū kishū ("Archives of Castaways"), which tells stories of Japanese sailors in foreign lands and of foreign castaways who landed on the coasts of Japan.
One of the ships that, according to these stories, would have emerged from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to then arrive at Harashagahama in Hitachi-no-kuni (the current prefecture of Ibaraki) in 1803, had a very unique appearance: it was hollow - hence the name Utsuro-bune (or Utsurofune) - 3.3 meters high and 5.4 meters wide, it seemed to be made of a material similar to red sandalwood and iron and was equipped with glass or crystal windows.
The craft is also described in other Japanese texts: Toen shōsetsu (1825) e e Ume-no-chiri (1844).

Utsuro-Bune- legendary_'Utsurofune'_(also_'Utsuro-bune')_from_1825.jpg

Inside were found inscriptions in an unknown language and a young woman, estimated to be between 18 and 20 years old, elegantly dressed but in fabrics that the villagers had never seen before, with a pale face and red eyebrows and hair.
The young woman, known in Western circles as the "White Princess" spoke an unknown language with a metallic tone and held in her arms a wooden chest which seemed to be of great value to her and which she did not want anyone to approach.
The fishermen questioned the woman who, however, by not speaking Japanese was unable to communicate with them, so they accompanied her back to the boat and put her back into the sea so that she could leave the coast.

Legend or proof of alien existence?

Historians, ethnologists and physicists have examined the tale and judged it as a version of an older Japanese folklore legend.
The skeptics, on the other hand, dismiss the fact as a simple shipwreck in the Japanese coasts of a ship from nearby Korea which would explain the unusual shape of the clothes and the ship and the different language but not the strange symbols shown in the representations, completely different from the written Korean.
Others, however, believe that the one described is indeed an encounter with a real extraterrestrial and that it represents a contact with alien technology that took place in the land of the Rising Sun: this is the thesis of Tanaka Kazuo, Professor emeritus at Gifu University, in Tokyo.
From the drawings in the text you can see a clear similarity between this ship and the modern depictions of UFOs and flying saucers, not only that, even the reproductions of the inscriptions recall the characters present on some alleged alien finds.

Utsuro-Bune-Flying_Saucer

On the basis of the iconography of the vessel (whose shape resembles an incense container) the supporters of the ufological thesis have suggested that it could have been a USO (unidentified submerged object) and that both the appearance and the strange clothing of the woman are traceable to those of a creature from other worlds.
Still others have claimed that there is a similarity between the unidentified symbols that adorned the interior of the ship with those that would have been observed on the hull of the boat involved in the Rendlesham Forest accident.

We do not know that Utsuro-Bune describes an encounter with an alien its advanced technology, a real event or just a legend ... but experience has repeatedly reminded us that even in legends there is always a little fund of truth.


“You see a lot of UFOs with closed eyes and opened mind.”

-Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut


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