Utsuro Bune Japanese Edo Period UFO Evidence

The Iwase Bunko Depository library has in its ownership a record known as the Hyouryuukishuu translated to the ‘Tales of Castaways’. The document was printed during the late Edo period which modern fans of the paranormal understand this vessel to be the ‘Edo-period UFO’. The evidence recorded tells the tales of Japanese mariners who find themselves in unfamiliar nations after becoming lost in the ocean, as well as castaway visitors washed shorewards on the seashores of Japan. To the Japanese public, who during this period had existed living in a extended time of national seclusion, these unusual stories must have appeared extremely sensational.

Together with these tales is the report of a damaged ship with a extremely mystifying form. According to the record, this large craft washed shorewards at Harashagahama. The specifications of the craft, specified as 3 meters tall by 5 meters in width, had been built from red sandalwood and metal and was equipped with openings of glass or crystal. [ad#linkunitbox]The mystifying characters of an unfamiliar writing system were discovered etched inside the craft. Aboard the wandering vessel was a delicately decorated young lady with pale face and red eyebrows and locks. She was assessed to be amid Eighteen and Twenty years of age. Considering that she uttered an unfamiliar language, those that chanced upon her were incapable of determining from where she came.

In her arms, she grasped a basic timber case that looked to be of great importance to her, as she would permit nobody to approach it.

Check out the video of the incident below which contains detailed information about the Utsuro Bune UFO.

8 thoughts on “Utsuro Bune Japanese Edo Period UFO Evidence”

  1. This thing NEVER flew. Nothing ever is mentioned about it flying. Ever. This is not evidence of a UFO. IT’s evidence of another culture, probably Russian, exiling a woman with the dismembered head of her adulterous lover in a box in a home-made round watercraft as has been described in other cultural references. This is ridiculous

  2. I dont know Martymart, you shouldent be so quick to judge.
    If what you sugest is trut then wouldent some one have recognized the unfamiliar writings on the craft and asociated them with another culture?

    And if it was an advanced craft, it would have been unnessary and probabley a stuped choice to fly it in front of an undeveloped society. Becides there is the possability of it being a USO, you do know there are advanced under water extraterrestrial bases right.
    the chances of that are high, mutch higher than what you claim. Althow I am not discrediting you at all.

  3. same here. u shouldnt be quick to judge martymart. besides, ive checked, and so have many other people, have checked old records of ships being built around that time period. there are NO ships from ANY country on the WORLD that had been built in that same time period. and, if it was damaged, like many reports say, then it wouldnt be able to fly! or it could be a USO like Gene said. dont be close-minded.

  4. I find the story lacking as it just stops at the point it did . What became of the girl, the box she refused to let anyone touch AND the craft ??? THATS the story ! Not just finding it then the story ends !!!! Perhaps because she looked human ( enough, as they did not call her a creature .. she may have been Korean and simply washed up on shore in a boat built by her own people that was designed to ride the currant VS having any steering capibility

  5. Martymart is a turdsnipper?

    What a shitty assload of frickin?? donkey-feces!!!
    ANYONE who?s ever learned how to use their eyesight,
    probably knows the difference between
    an exiled Russian “gaikokujin”
    and something truly foreign and unknown!!!
    You know that a lion is a lion, and you know what a bear looks like!
    So when you see something “womanlike” coming out from a
    flashing “walnut”, God damn – I think you can tell the difference!!!
    Or are you deliberately ignorant and introverted – much like a troll?!
    Even the simple thought of trying
    to claim something else is just fake and gay – much like two camels in a car!!!
    God damn it, it irritates me so much just to think some
    turdbarrell could write something like that!
    Frickin?debunking douchedud!!

  6. Well, many spirits and creatures in Japanese myths and legends have red hair and/or are female, so the ‘red haired woman’ aspect isn’t so unusual in that light. The shape of the ship reminds me both of Japanese spinning tops and of ancient Japanese coffins. Back before cremation was the standard burial in Japan, people were buried in barrel-like coffins. This practice stopped so long ago, many people don’t even remember the word for ‘traditional Japanese coffin’ (I certainly don’t), but the shape was round. I think it’s possible that the Utsuro-bune is thus a ghost story about very ancient Japanese lovers; with her coming out of the sea, I think it’s likely that she walked out into the ocean to end her life, and she ended up washed back on shore for the story. (Also, with the discovery of the red-haired Chinese mummy, we know that there were people with red hair in Asia; perhaps these red-haired people are the origin of red-haired spirits and demons in Asian folklore?)

    With this story coming out of the Edo period, one has to take into account the enormous number of ghost stories which were made up at the time. A popular form of entertainment was ‘Hyaku Monogatari Kaidankai’, or ‘One Hundred Ghost Stories’, where 100 candles would be lit and a group of people would take turns telling ghost stories. After each story, one candle was blown out, with the act of extinguishing the final candle supposedly summon a supernatural being. There was great demand for ghost stories in light of the popularity of the game (obviously, one wouldn’t want to hear the same story multiple times in a night, and someone who told the same story every time wouldn’t get invited to many parties), so collections of supernatural tales were printed by the truckload in the Edo period.

    As for the ‘unexplainable’ fact that there are many reproductions of the Utsuro-bune story all over Japan, each with similar illustrations and identical text, the Hyaku Monogatari Kaidankai game explains it. Every printer had to make their own woodblock reproductions of various stories to sell. If the Utsuro-bune story became popular, then they would, of course, make their own illustration and sell their own copy of it. It’s no more unexplainable than the fact that many artists made woodblock prints of other stories, like tales of Kappas (each artist drew the Kappa differently, but all had the same behaviors and traits in their descriptions). I don’t think it was a mass sighting of anything, simply the story getting passed from one town to another as a new tale for Hyaku Monogatari.

    As for the strange characters, I cannot so easily explain them, as they are clearly not Japanese. They could, however, be a Japanese person attempting to describe, say, Korean Hangul characters or even Russian Cyrillic characters to someone who has never seen Hangul or Cyrillic writing. If I showed some random guy off the street a Japanese character, and then told them to describe it to someone else, the attempt to describe the character would garble the production of the final piece beyond recognition like a hyper-speed version of Telephone. (Even someone who can read Japanese attempting to reproduce a character they know on sight, but cannot remember how to write can produce a similar effect.)

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