Metal Sphere Washed Up On Beach In Japan
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Metal Sphere Washed Up On Beach In Japan refers to reports of a large, mysterious metal sphere that washed up on a beach in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan in late February 2023. The beach was closed on the day the sphere washed up but officials were initially unable to determine what it was. The news inspired memes online, including photoshops comparing it to things including a Godzilla egg. People also theorized what the ball could be, resulting in viral discussions across social media in the following days.
On February 21st, 2023, the @nhk_shizuoka_ Twitter page posted a video of police investigating a reportedly 5-meter metal sphere that washed up on a beach in Enshuhama in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The tweet claims that there is no threat of explosion, but that police are unsure what the sphere is. The post gained over 9,800 likes and 3,500 retweets in a day (shown below).
— NHK静岡放送局 (@nhk_shizuoka_) February 21, 2023
In the following days, the sphere was reported on worldwide by various media outlets, including Vice, the New York Post and BBC, among many others.
Memes / Theories
As the news spread, people online began posting memes about it, often comparing it to other spherical things like ships from Dragon Ball and Godzilla eggs. Some users also offered theories, such as Twitter user @10P8TRIOT, who suggested it was merely a mooring buoy. On February 22nd, 2023, Twitter user @OursmallecheL posted an edit of the video making the ball appear like a Dragon Ball ship, Vegeta rising from it, garnering over 1,200 likes in a day (shown below).
— L’OursMalLéché 🐻 (@OursmallecheL) February 22, 2023
 Twitter – nhk_shizuoka_
 Vice – Japanese Officials Investigate Mysterious Sphere
 New York Post – Japanese officials investigate mysterious sphere
 BBC – Mystery sphere found on beach perplexes Japan
 Twitter – OursmallecheL
Feb 22, 2023 at 08:10PM EST
Feb 22, 2023 at 07:59PM EST
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