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Originally posted by SteveR
I still wonder why he/she is carrying a box.
Ume no Chiri
Book title: Utsuro-fune no Koto (Concerning An Incident of The Hollow Boat)
On March 24, 1803, a strange boat drifted ashore on a beach named Haratono-hama in Hitachi state in Japan. The boat was hollow and its shape was similar to a rice-cooking pot. It had a kind of rimmed-edge at the center-level part of the boat. In the part above this edge, the boat was painted in black and had four small windows on four sides. All shoji (windows with lattice) were shielded by chan (a kind of waterproof putty made from pine-tree gum). The lower part of the boat was reinforced by steel bars. These bars looked to be made of Western-made iron of the highest quality. The height of the boat was one jyou, two shaku (3.64m) and its diameter was one jyou, eight shaku (5.45m).
A woman (or girl) was found inside this boat and her age appeared around twenty. She was about five shaku (1.5m) tall and her skin was white as snow. Her long hair vividly hung on her back. Her facial features were incomparably beautiful. Her clothes were strange and unrecognizable and her language was not understood by anyone. She held a small box in her hands and prohibited anyone from approaching this box.
In this boat, there were two pieces of a kind of carpet. They were very soft and of an unknown type. There was a kind of cake and a kneaded food. There was also some sort of meat. There was a cup, and its design was very beautiful, though no one recognized the design.
No records of the mysterious incident have been found in official documents in Japan. Hitachi state was not far from the capital Edo (Tokyo) and faced the Pacific Ocean (see figure 4). The beach in this state was very important for national security in the Tokugawa period (1603-1867). Therefore, most parts of eastern border of Hitachi state were occupied by the Mito-Tokugawa family who were the relatives of the Tokugawa (Shogun) family (Kimura 1980). It is unrealistic to believe that an amazing incident involving a strange boat and a woman on a beach in Hitachi state has not been recorded in any official documents of the Tokugawa period
Originally posted by FallenOne
Originally posted by Byrd
That one's genuine. We haven't found any inscriptions that explain the goddess or the cult so we don't know her name or attributes.
That site says some lady did it for some contest...
Originally posted by BrandonK
To the person who made a comment on the Aurora, Texas crash:
I am not too far from the cemetery (8-10 miles). I live outside of Boyd, Texas. I remember when I was in elementary school they showed us this cheesy movie about that crash. www.imdb.com...
I've never felt the need to walk around the cemetery. I believe that the original grave marker was stolen. I'm not sure what is there now. There is a whole to-do about giving the little fellow a proper Christian burial.
To save you time I could just go there and take a lot of pictures for you. Possibly even film it if you like. Unless you just really want to visit the place.
Originally posted by VelvetSplash
Now that reply I did not expect to read.