A white globe that appeared to many to simply be a large balloon sparked mystery yesterday after many noticed over northern Japan that the object did appear to make some strange movements. Social media in Japan quickly picked up on it and the item soon trended.
Television footage taken in the northeastern city of Sendai showed a balloon-like object above a cross, on which propellers seemed to be turning. Officials in the Sendai Weather Bureau said it had appeared near dawn and hung in the sky for hours, largely unmoving, until obscured by clouds.
To all Japanese folks following this account: the balloon seen a few hours ago near #Sendai is not a #ProjectLoon balloon as many erroneously pointed. #UFO #Balloonhttps://t.co/2Txybmckoh pic.twitter.com/miJlbPrkXo
Theories as to what it was included UFOs and North Korean balloons used to drop leaflets. One user said it could be spreading novel coronavirus, adding, “This gives me a very bad feeling, as if Godzilla might suddenly appear.”