(Last Updated On: January 7, 2015)


Date: February 22 1803

Sighting Time:


Location: Harayadori Japan

Urban or Rural: Rural

Entity Type: beautiful young woman

Entity Description: She had pale features and had long shoulder length hair.

Hynek Classification: CE-V (Close Encounter V) Voluntary bilateral contact between humans and extraterrestrials.


No. of Object(s):  1

Size of Object(s): 20 feet in diameter

Distance to Object(s):

Shape of Object(s): having a Saturn like shape with the upper dome apparently made out of glass

Color of Object(s):

Number of Witnesses: Several villagers and anglers

Source: Jenny Randles, Kazuo Tanaka Did a Close Encounter of the Third Kind Occur on a Japanese Beach in 1803? Skeptical Inquirer Volume 24, Number 4 July/August 2000. Masaru Mori, The Female Alien in a Hollow Vessel, Fortean Times No. 48, Spring 1987, 48-50 and The UFO Criticism by J. N. from Japan, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2001. The latter is the English version of a privately published newsletter (UFO Hihyo) written and distributed by Tokyo-based researcher Junji Numakawa.

Summary/Description: Several villagers and anglers gathered on the beach to see an object, which had appeared on the shore. The object was about 20 feet in diameter, having a Saturn like shape with the upper dome apparently made out of glass, and appeared to have transparent sliding doors.

The villagers looked inside the dome and saw some strange lettering and a bottle that appeared to have water inside. A very beautiful young woman was also seen inside the craft. She had pale features and had long shoulder length hair.

She stepped out of the object and spoke in an unknown language; she also carried a small box, which she would not let anyone touch. Eventually she went back inside the craft and the villagers pushed it out to see where it drifted out of sight.

Full Report

A saucer-shaped “ship” of iron and glass floated ashore. It was 6 meters wide and carried a young woman with very white skin. The episode began when a group of fishermen and villagers saw a ‘boat’ just off the shore of Hara-yadori in the territory of Ogasawara etchuu-no-kami. 

People approached the object in their own small boats and managed to tow it to the beach. The object was round. The upper half was composed of glass-fitted windows with lattice, shielded by a kind of putty, and the lower hemisphere consisted of metal plates. Through the glass dome the witnesses could see letters written in an unknown language and a bottle containing a liquid, perhaps water. The villagers arrested the girl and tried to decide what to do with her. One of the villagers, who had heard of a similar case that had happened at another beach not far from there, suggested that the woman was possibly a foreign princess, exiled by her father because of an extramarital love affair.

The box, he said, may even contain her lover’s head. If this was so, it would be a political problem, and that would imply some sort of cost: “We may be ordered to spend a lot of money to investigate this woman and boat. Since there is a precedent for casting this kind of boat back out to sea, we had better put her inside the boat and send it away. From a humanitarian viewpoint, this treatment is cruel for her. However, this treatment would be her destiny.” Backing their decision with such straightforward logic, they forced the visitor back into the domed object, pushed it out, and it drifted out of sight.

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