Utsuro-Bune

Utsuro-bune – Wikipedia Utsuro-bune (虚舟, ‘hollow ship’), also Utsuro-fune, and Urobune, was an unknown object that allegedly washed ashore in 1803 in Hitachi province on the eastern coast of Japan. When defining Utsuro-bune, the bune part means “boat” while Utsuro means empty, or hollow. Accounts of the tale appear in three texts: Toen shōsetsu (1825), Hyōryū kishū (1835) and Ume-no-chiri (1844). According to legend, an attractive young woman aged 18-20 years old, arrived on a local beach aboard the “hollow ship” on February 22, 1803. Fishermen brought her inland to investigate further, but the woman was unable to communicate in Japanese. She was very different from anyone else there. The fishermen then returned her and her vessel to the sea, where it drifted away. Historians, ethnologists and physicists such as Kazuo Tanaka and Yanagita Kunio have evaluated the “legend of the hollow boat” as part of a long-standing tradition within Japanese folklore.[1][2] Alternatively, certain ufologists have claimed that the story represents evidence for a close encounter with extraterrestrial life.[3] Historical sources[edit] The best-known versions of the legend are found in three texts: Toen shōsetsu (兎園小説, “tales from the rabbit garden”), composed in 1825 by Kyokutei Bakin. The manuscript is today…

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Utsuro-Bune

Updated: April 29, 2021 — 10:27 am