Justified & Ancient
- May 30, 2009
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Supposed footage of Hibagon. Looks like he has shoes on to me.
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http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13584940SHOBARA, Hiroshima Prefecture—A nighttime drive on a mountain path half a century ago led to a legend that forever changed this community and could now be instrumental in its survival.
On the evening of July 20, 1970, a man in a pickup truck in Saijo, a northern town of Hiroshima Prefecture, came across a rather unsettling sight: an ape-like creature walking on a mountainside.
After word spread about the encounter, other locals came forward with their own reports of an animal walking upright.
Their descriptions were similar. The beast was around 1.6 meters tall, with a gorilla-like body and a face shaped like an inverted triangle.
The locals started calling the creature “Hibagon,” a reference to Hiba mountain in the town.
Did Japan have its own Bigfoot or Sasquatch, the missing link in the evolutionary chain between apes and humans?
News and entertainment media began flooding the small town surrounded by mountains to find out.
The locals’ lives were turned upside-down by the sudden attention. But that was only the beginning of “Hibagon fever.”
Saijo town, today’s Saijocho district in the city of Shobara in Hiroshima Prefecture, became inseparable from the creature.
Residents today still talk about the legend of Hibagon.