The mysterious mountain shrouded in a veil of secrecy is once again in the spotlight of the world’s attention (Small Japanese Town as A UFO Hotspot). A tall, cone-shaped mountain that compasses cannot understand. Megaliths shaped like sphinxes arranged in a pattern nearby. Strange ancient ruins of a forgotten civilization surrounded by wilderness.
Mount Senganmori, standing at around 500 meters in Fukushima Prefecture, is shrouded in mystery. Outside of Japan, Fukushima is most famously known as the region worst hit by the devastating Tohoku tsunami in 2011, which caused nuclear reactor meltdowns and spawned many stories of mutant plants and insects throughout the prefecture, writes the Daily Mail.
But for more than 30 years, the isolated village of Iino, on the side of Mount Senganmori, has also been associated with extraterrestrial mysteries, with tens of thousands of travelers making pilgrimages there every year to see for themselves. In an ordinary rural town in Japan, enthusiasts claim to have found 3,000 extraterrestrial objects linked to centuries of mythology surrounding the ancient mountain.
The story begins in 1972 when witnesses reported a large cone-shaped object emitting light near the mysterious Mount Senganmori. At the age of 25, Tsugio Kinoshita was convinced he saw something extraterrestrial while hiking with friends.
After the sighting, Kinoshita would go on to dedicate his life to researching unidentified flying objects.
In the years that followed, the small “town” of Iino (now integrated into the city of Fukushima) steadily grew into a hot spot for alien sightings and enthusiasts. Since 1992, the pink UFO-shaped Fureaikan museum on the mountainside has collected and curated 3,000 artifacts – possible evidence of extraterrestrial life.
This allegedly includes confidential CIA documents containing records of UFO investigations.
Around 30,000 people visit the museum every year, around which the residents have built their community. In a conversation with Fukushima residents in 2020, a journalist for Japan Forward was told, “Senganmori is no joke. They (UFOs) really do appear in that area…”
Enthusiasts believe that the “mysterious pyramidal shape of Senganmori and its strong magnetic field in its underground part are connected,” and that the mountain acts as a kind of antenna for space visitors. Just in 2022, they received 452 reports of sightings in and around Japan. They were able to confirm that the evidence was not fabricated in 149 cases.
Cynics may look at the laboratory and museum and tourist trinkets and laugh at the stories of the mysterious mountain, home to extraterrestrial life.
However, the flourishing tourism industry in Iino exists only because the stories around Senganmori have existed for centuries, leading subsequent generations to establish certain institutions that question what caused so many space anomalies to converge in one place.
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