The world is full of fascinating and mysterious phenomena that have long intrigued experts. Japan is home to one of the world’s oldest cultures, which has preserved the greatest secrets of past civilizations. Many legends surrounding the undersea vessel (USOs), abound in Japan. They are often linked to Masuda-no-Iwafune in Asuka Park, an 800-ton monolith.
The story starts in 1803, during the Edo period when Japanese fisherman hauled an Underwater Submerged Object off the coast of Hitachi province’s eastern coast. Legend has it that the fisherman discovered a Utsurobune, an ornamented hollow-ship with a living foreign lady within. It was six meters in width and almost four meters high. The interior walls of the ship were decorated with symbols that resembled ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
This is an example for Hyryki-sh women who are described as between 18-20 years old and well-dressed, attractive and well-attuned. (Photo courtesy of Nishio, Aichi Prefecture’s Iwase Bunko Library) A lady with red hair and light skin was found inside the ship. She held a box and spoke in an obscure language that the fisherman couldn’t understand. The account of her and the ship is recounted in three distinct manuscripts: Hyry kish (1835), Toen shsetsu (1825), and Ume no-chiri (1844).
Initial speculation was that the account was an edited account of the sinking of a Russian whaling vessel, but official documents do not mention wrecks. Professor Kazuo Takaca claims to have found Utsuro Bune after reading American UFO sightings as well as Japanese mythology, in which he witnessed flying saucer photos in Edo period texts.
Yashiro Hirokata (Essays of Hirokata; 1825), was a calligrapher, retainer, and shogunate member. (Photo courtesy of Japan’s National Archives)
Tanaka initially assumed it was an edited narrative about the sinking of a Russian whaling ship, but he couldn’t find any evidence to back up his theory in the official documentation. As he dug deeper, he found more information and resources about Utsuro-Bune. He claims that he has found 11 manuscripts which recount the story Utsuro-Bune’s life as a Hitachi provincial resident. Zwei of them, Mito bunsho (or Banke bunsho), are related legends that were allegedly told in 1803. Tanaka discovered an illustration of a woman dressed similarly to a Buddhist statue of Shofukuji at the Shfukuji temple in Kamisu in “Mito bunsho.” The paper mentions a legend about Princess Konjiki (Golden Princess), who arrived in Hitachi province via sea in a cocoon-shaped boat. She was helped by her family to regain her health and she then returned the favor by learning sericulture.
The Utsurobune symbols can be compared to those of Roswell and RAF Bentwaters.
Banke bunsh also details the exact location where the ship was at the time of arrival. According to In Tadataka, a legendary cartographer, the ship landed at Hitachihara Sharihama. “This ship was likened to the shape of a Japanese incense burner,” claimed Nick Pope, a former employee of the British Government’s Ministry of Defence and UFO researcher. It looks like a flying disc or a flying saucer. There were many little metal plates on the outside of this vessel, comparable to heatresistant tiles found on a space shuttle.”
Sources claim that the Masuda-no-iwafune, an 800-ton monolithic carved from a single block, at Asuka Park in Japan is the Masuda-no-iwafune. It was created from a single block granite and follows the Utsuro-Bune description. It is 36 feet in length, 26 feet wide and 15 feet high. Two three-foot square holes are also found in the rock. The monolith could be caved in “commemoration of the building of Masuda Lake, which was originally located nearby (now drained and part of Kashiwara City),” according to Dr. John Syrigos. Some believe that the monolith was either an antique astronomical observatory (or a royal family mausoleum).
Masuda is the name of a place, and iwafune is the Japanese word for “rock ship.” Some think the rock ship descended from the sky directly to Earth. According to Giorgio A. Tsoukalos (ancient astronaut theorist), the Asuka Park monolith could be a skyboat, as is depicted in Japanese folklore. “I suppose with the combination of those legends of celestial beings, this may be some form of the portrayal of one of those flying vehicles that our ancestors may have witnessed,” he speculated.
There are many legends about the Masuda-no-Iwafune or Utsuro-Bune but their origin story is still a mystery. Is it possible that the Japanese had encountered extraterrestrials? Is Masuda no Iwafune a realistic model of a flying vessel?