UFO学から見た『武江年表』の空中現象 : 妖怪研究の国際化に向けて [in Japanese] Aerial Phenomena in "Chronology of the Edo Period" from the Perspective of Ufology : Toward the Internationalization of Yokai Studies [in Japanese]
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In my 2015 paper, I recommended that Yōkai Studies could benefit from international research into paranormal phenomena. This paper is a companion to that one. "Chronology of the Edo Period" is a chronology of events in Edo from 1590 to 1873. Many mysterious aerial phenomena were recorded in this chronology. This paper attempts to internationalize Yōkai Studies. It examines the aerial phenomena mentioned in "Chronology of the Edo Period" from the viewpoint of Ufology. The descriptions in the chronology are fragmentary, but, by applying Ufology, it is possible to compare cases. Now more than ever, Yōkai Studies should make use of Ufology, not keep its distance from it. For example, a picture of many UFOs flying over a nuclear power plant in Fukushima at the time of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami was covered by overseas media. Judging this information from the viewpoint of Ufology, it is possible to understand such a phenomenon.
現代民俗学研究 (8), 73-82, 2016
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