|Issie at Lake Ikeda, Japan|
Issie or Issie-kun is Japan's monster and has supposedly been spotted in Lake Ikeda. He came to prominence in 1978 when Toshiaki Matsubara managed to take a photo of the creature (see below). He is quoted as saying, "Something huge came up from the water and disappeared again in fifteen to twenty seconds. I only managed one shot."
The legend behind the story is that: Once upon a time ...
The story and sighting of Issie by Mr Matsubara started a whole, local tourist industry. There's even a pop song!
Male hump and female hump
Shining in the sun are
Calling each other
In the romantic lake
I want to see Issie again
And also to let you see ...
Going back to Matsabara's sighting he described Issie as having, "Two big humps each 15 feet long, and a couple of feet high, were swimming for about two minutes."
A local builder Yutaka Kawaji also saw Issie: "There was 15 feet between each hump and the skin was very dark," He reckons he's seen the monster three times, the first being nearly sixty years ago when still at school.
As for the sole photo of Issie, here it is, Toshiaki Matsubara's original 1978 photo.
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