The Lady and the Box: A UFO Story from 1803 JapanPosted: December 11, 2013
One of Japan’s most famous UFO stories focuses on a mysterious craft that washed ashore in 1803 on a beach in the Hitachi province. The craft was described as a circular, saucer-shaped boat; drawings of the object from that time period look very similar to modern-day UFO descriptions.
It’s either a UFO or a bedazzled mushroom – your call.
The ship’s interior featured mysterious symbols and its sole inhabitant was described as an incredibly beautiful young woman.
Beauty standards were subjective in those days, as Little Miss Perry Mason up there clearly demonstrates.
The girl spoke in an unknown language and cradled a wooden box that she guarded tenaciously. The fishermen assumed that the box held the severed head of her lover, but modern UFO scholars discount this theory because the box depicted is not the right shape. The fishermen eventually pushed the girl and the mysterious ship back into the ocean.
And my takeaway from this unusual story was not “Wow, could those be the earliest illustrations of UFOs ever made?” but rather “So they had boxes in feudal Japan specifically designed for severed head storage?”
Glad Zip Lock Head Boxes: No more freezer burn on those sideburns.