years, researchers have been intrigued by accounts of UFO sightings in the
vicinity of or hovering over bodies of water and man-made water reservoirs in
particular. One of the most recent cases to come to hand is only a
one-witness case and although the observer was afraid, he appears to have
remembered considerable detail.
comes from Mr. Jun' lchi Takanashi, Chairman of the Modern Space Flight
Association, and APRO's Representative for Japan. The witness has been given
a pseudonym because he does not care to be identified at this time.
incident took place in July 1973 and at the time, the witness, whom we shall
call Masaki Kudou, does not recall the exact date. Kudou, who was a sophomore
at a University in the Kantō District, was employed during the summer as
a night watchman at a lumber yard in a small industrial town on the south
coast of Hokkaidō.
incident, recalled to have taken place in July 1973, took place in the lumberyard,
which is a deserted lonely place with only a few dark warehouses and chimneys
in the distance. Kudu notes that the job isn't a particularly pleasant one as
he was the only guard. After making his rounds of the lumberyard, he returned
in his car to his parking place, switched on the car radio, lit a cigarette
and was looking up at the clear night sky through the driver's window, when a
streak of light ran across the sky.
the light went out immediately, he thought it might, have been a
shooting-star, but then the light re-appeared at the very spot where it had
gone out, in the same fashion as a bulb would be switched on, travel some
distance, then be switched off and on again. It looked to be the "size
of a baseball" and orange in color. Kudou admits that he was quite
frightened, but he did watch the light which moved to and fro in all
directions within the limits of one meter (no exact estimates are given - we
don't know if this was at arm's length or what).
Kudou said, the light began a spiraling descent and when it was down to an
altitude just above the dome of a cement factory in the distance, it began to
send out what appeared to be intermittent green light rays in one direction
which he calculated to be north.
point, Kudou noted, the whole episode seemed to be
"science-fiction-like" and he was hoping that what he was watching
would prove to be a dream or his imagination. After it had stopped its' "signaling",
the object or light began to descend over the waters of the bay; describing a
large arc which was executed with startling speed. Because the bay waters
were within his range of vision, Kudou was able to observe what transpired
from that time on.
He said the
light descended to an altitude of about 20 meters (75 feet) above the
surface, of the water and stopped, and then from the underside of the light came what appeared to be a
glass-like transparent tube and when the leading edge of the tube touched the
surface of the water, that part of the tube began to glow and appeared to be
sucking up the bay water. Accompanying the projection of the tube to
the water, was a sound which Kudou described to be like the sound of a cicada
(insect) which emits sound like "min-min-min-min", but the sound accompanying
the tube was not so monotonous and appeared to be lower in pitch.
this point was very puzzled and quite frightened, and dropped his head down,
and when he lifted his head again the object appeared to have finished its
sucking action and was maintaining its position in the same place.
maneuver by the light was to head toward Kudou who became more frightened,
and sat there glued to his seat watching it approach at about 50 meters
altitude, becoming larger until it was "as large as a volleyball".
The intensity of the light had diminished as compared to its light at a
distance. (or, Kudou said, it might have seemed so as the surroundings were
lit up by its light so that it was like daylight) and was white instead of the
original orange. He could now make out more detail and noted that it was as
smooth and round as a ping-pong ball, and he could now see what appeared to
be small windows around the center of the object. In the central one and in
another window two windows to the right, he saw two "eerie, shadow-like
figures" which he said were “too small and deformed to be called the
shadows of men".
that at this point he bowed his head until it rested on the steering wheel
between his hands which had been clutching the wheel all the time. But he was
fascinated also and continued to look at the object and had the feeling that
he was bound hand and foot. As he watched he spotted what appeared to be
three gasoline drums connected together lengthwise, hovering noiselessly in a
blackish-dark-brown silhouette to the left of the lighted object. The lighted
object with the windows began to move toward the elongated object, and then
Kudou spotted three or four more round, white lighted objects, located to his
left and to the right, of the long object. Then the four or five round white
objects appeared to be "sucked" into the long object which then
began to move into the north, at tremendous speed.
recalls that Is the object moved away he began to realize his whole body was
numb, “just as after we sit for a long time for a yogi practice," and
his car radio was emitting "meaningless sounds". His head was
aching severely also.
thought that the experience lasted from 11 to 12 minutes although it felt as
if it was much longer. He also said that he could not sleep that night after
finishing his tour of duty on watch.
This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, Vol. 24, No. 10, April 1976, pp.
1,4 & 5
With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see http://www.larryhatch.net
This sketch is from Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 21, No 3,
November 1975, p. 54
UFOCAT PRN – 86899
UFOCAT URN – 086899 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 21, No. 3
&4, November 1975, p. 54
UFOCAT URN – 089540 APRO Bulletin April 1976, p. 1
UFOCAT URN – 085976 1973-Year of the Humanoids, 73-08E,
by D. Webb CUFOS © 1976
UFOCAT URN – 109641 MUFON UFO Journal, September 1976,
UFOCAT URN – 088709 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 22, No.
1, May 1976, p. 18
UFOCAT URN – 157593 Vehicle Interference Project,
#06504, by Geoffrey Falla BUFORA
UFOCAT URN – 116324 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid
Reports, A1212, by D. Webb
UFOCAT URN – NONE
UFOs & How to See Them by Jenny Randles No © date
Asia – Japan, Hokkaido
Kantō District Latitude 36-15 S, Longitude 139-30 W
44-00 S, Longitude 143-00 E [Territory] (Island)
Tomakomai Latitude 42-38 S, Longitude 141-36 E (From
UFOCAT in another text)
Bay Latitude 42-20 N, Longitude
Reference: Japan Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of
Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963
UFO location (UFOCAT) Latitude 42.65 N, Longitude 141.55