Japanese book cover depicting the Hibagon
|Similar creatures||Bigfoot, Yeti|
|Other name(s)||ヒナゴン (Hinagon)|
|Region||Mount Hiba, Hiroshima Prefecture|
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 around Mount Hiba in the Hiroshima Prefecture.
History of the Hibagon
"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."
- In Dragon Quest the monsters known as "brainy badboons" are called ヒババンゴ (Hibabango) in japanese, referencing this creature.
- List of topics characterized as pseudoscience
- Bigfoot, a similar creature reported from North America
- Yeti, a similar creature reported from the Himalayas
- see entry ヒバゴン in Digital Daijisen