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Japan's Bigfoot mystery endures 50 years on

By T.K. Randall
August 13, 2020 · Comment icon 4 comments

Was Hibagon an unknown species of ape ? Image Credit: Steve Bexter / Pexels
Japan's answer to the legendary cryptid was first sighted during a mountain drive one night 50 years ago.
Although encounters with large bipedal hominids are mostly associated with North America and the Himalayas, stories of such creatures have been reported for years in countries all over the world including Russia, China and even Japan where it is known locally as Hibagon.

The story began on July 20th, 1970, when a man driving a pick-up truck near Saijo, Hiroshima Prefecture, came across what appeared to be a large ape-like creature on the mountainside.

When word of his sighting to out, other locals came forward to share their own stories.

Described as around 1.6 meters tall, gorilla-like and with a face like an inverted triangle, the beast, which became known as Hibagon, soon became a national phenomenon.
Even today, the area continues to be associated with the legend of the creature.

It still remains unclear what, if anything, people had seen that day, with some having come to regard Hibagon as a symbol of disapproval for the large construction projects happening in the region.

Others, meanwhile, believe that it may have been a gorilla that escaped from a nearby zoo.

"We were scared of Hibagon, but it was all in good fun," said Seiko Fujikawa, who had been an elementary school pupil at the time of the sightings.

"It's a sweet memory, indeed."

Source: Asahi.com | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Humbled Hypocrite83 4 years ago
Wow? Really!?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Abramelin 4 years ago
https://mythology.wikia.org/wiki/Kapre The Philippines have their cryptid too, and it is called "kapre". It is some hairy ape-like creature hanging out in trees. I learned about that, when my then Philippina girlfriend saw me on her webcam, while I was squatting (Yes!) on my bureau chair, smoking a cigarette, and typed, "Kapre". When she staid here, she never forgot to mention my - to her - hairy chest, lol.
Comment icon #3 Posted by docyabut2 4 years ago
but anyone find the bones of the big foots in the Americans? the hominids of the gigantopithecus would never have made to the Americans
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Japan... we all know they are in America and for long !      

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