In an attempt to revitalize their local economy, a rural community in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture is promoting itself as a “home to aliens.”
Iino, a town that was once prosperous due to its silk production and weaving industries, now has a dwindling population of around 5,000 people.
However, residents of Iino believe that their town can still have a bright future, as they consider it to be a hotspot for UFOs, or unidentified flying objects.
Over the past four decades, locals have reported repeated appearances of unknown luminous flying objects near the Senganmori mountain.
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This has led to the opening of the Iino UFO Museum, also known as UFO Fureaikan, which is situated halfway up the 462-meter-high mountain.
The museum boasts around 3,000 books, photos, and other resources related to aliens and UAPs, and attracts around 30,000 visitors annually from both within and outside the prefecture.
In 2020, Iino held a UFO festival to celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary.
Participants dressed up in alien costumes and took part in a parade and contest. In addition to the museum, the town features other extraterrestrial-themed objects such as UAP-shaped streetlights, bus stops, flags, and a statue of an alien.
Iino believes that showcasing its many pieces of UAP paraphernalia and holding events that appeal to enthusiasts will help to build a new future for the town and draw visitors with a passion for the extraterrestrial.
This approach is also expected to breathe life back into the entire area, according to Tetsu Konno, a retired employee of a major chemicals manufacturer who was selected by the government of Fukushima’s eponymous capital city to help revitalize the district.
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