Japan is perhaps not the first place to mind when one thinks about ex̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳s. However, Japan has a fascinating and odd history of mysterious visitation. It’s also where a famous story about a USO (Unidentified Submerged Object) and a strange passenger occurred. In addition to pyramids, Japan is home to one of the most bizarre monolithic stones we’ve ever seen. (Doesn’t anyone know where there aren’t any pyramids?)
In 1803 anglers dragged a weird circular USO ashore on the eastern coast of Japan’s Hitachi region. The circular “Utsuro-Bune” (sunken ship) and a female inhabitant found alive were reported in three different manuscripts.
Metal plates and bars with glass windows adorned the sunken ship, which was six meters wide and nearly four meters tall. It was believed to have the appearance of a giant incense burner. A hatch opened, and young women aged 18 and 20 came out. She held an odd quadratic box and was known as “The White Princess” in western circles.
She spoke an unintelligible language and dressed in fabrics that the people had never seen before. Strange writing and other unusual materials were found within the ship,’ compared to bedsheets or carpet. She spoke an unknown language, despite her friendliness.
The following is taken from How Stuff Works:
“The fisherman had never seen anything like the metal bands and thick glass windows before. The lettering on the ship’s hull has been compared to ex̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ symbols discovered on the craft hulls from Roswell, New Mexico, and the Rendlesham Forest incident.”
The woman stood roughly four feet nine inches tall with a pale complexion, red hair, and brows. Her hair had been lengthened artificially with white fur or delicate fabric strands. However, for some unknown reason, her illustrations in the texts depicted a woman who did not match the descriptions.
Yanagida Kunio, a historian, speculated that the woman might have been sent out to sea in a circular boat, which was not uncommon in the period. The thing never flew instead of gliding through the water. According to the Toen sheets scripture, she may have been the daughter of a king in another country. Maybe she’d broken her marital vows, and the object in the box was her lover’s severed head.
Even though her health was described as severe in the book, the villagers chose to restore her to the vessel and push her back out to sea.
“From a humanitarian standpoint, her treatment is inhumane. This therapy, on the other hand, would be her fate.”
From beginning to end, it’s a terrifying, fascinating, and mysterious story.
Further south, in Asuka Park, an 800-ton monolithic granite carving resembles the Utsuro-Bune description. The Masuda-no-Inafune (Masuda’s rock ship) is its name. The monolith is 36 feet long, 26 feet wide, and more than 15 feet tall. Carvings in the shape of lattices at the base are assumed to result from an unknown mechanism that sculpted the rock. Two three-foot square holes have also been drilled into the solid rock.
According to A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ Origins, the structure was built to commemorate the creation of Masuda Lake, which was eventually emptied.
Other ideas include that the monolith was an old astronomical viewing station or a royal family tomb, even though no bodies have been discovered. Isn’t that something we’ve heard before? Egypt, for example.
Takeharu Mikami and Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, theorists of A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ astronauts, visited the site in 2017. Masuda-no-iwan is thought to resemble a Sky Boat from Japanese mythology. Is this supposed to be a U̳F̳O̳ or something else entirely? Nobody knows for sure, but the appearance is unmistakably ex̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳.