ヒバゴン (Hibagon)
Japanese book cover depicting the Hibagon
Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Hominid
Similar creatures Bigfoot, Yeti
Other name(s) ヒナゴン (Hinagon)
Country Japan
Region Mount Hiba, Hiroshima Prefecture
Habitat Forest

The Hibagon (ヒバゴン) or Hinagon (ヒナゴン) is the Japanese equivalent of the North American Bigfoot or the Himalayan Yeti. Sightings have been reported since the 1970s[1] in "forested, mountainous areas of the country" around Mount Hiba in the Hiroshima Prefecture.[2]

History of the Hibagon

The Hibagon is described as a "black creature with white hands and large white feet, standing about five feet tall.", and has been said to resemble a gorilla.[3]

"The Hibagon has a large nose, large deep glaring eyes and is covered with bristles. Theories to account for this cryptid range from a gorilla, a wild man, or a deserter from the Japanese chefs, to an individual ravaged by atomic radiation from the nuclear attack on Hiroshimaa."

A sighting from 1972 reports that the creature "has a chocolate brown face and is covered with brown hair ... [and] is said to have 'deep glaring eyes', in two reports by a Mr. Sazawa and a Mrs. Harada, the creature took no hostile action and fled from four armed residents intent on hunting it."

Japanese Boy Scouts, "claim to find footprints 25 cm (10 in) long and 15 cm (6 in) wide."

As with "most hominid cryptids, the Hibagon is said to have a most unpleasant stench, like a dead human body."[4][5]

See also


  1. see entry ヒバゴン in Digital Daijisen
  2. Coleman, Loren; Huyghe, Patrick. "Hibagon". Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 2005-10-25.
  3. Newton, Michael (2005). "Hibagon". Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 195. ISBN 0-7864-2036-7.
  4. Bord, Janet; Bord, Colin (1981). Alien Animals. Stackpole Books. p. 258. ISBN 0-8117-2181-7.
  5. Metropolis, "Fortean Japan", 27 June 2008, p. 12.

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