A collection of Newspaper articles
on the Pepsi sponsored Japanese Yeti Expedition
From top to bottom: September -July 2003 --- 13 various news articles & Photos
Makoto Nebuka, 56, a senior member of the Japanese Alpine Club, plans to publish the results of his 12 years of research which led him to conclude the mysterious creature, known as the "Yeti," is really the endangered Himalayan Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos).
"Reality is rarely as terrifying as one's fears," a smiling Nebuka said in Tokyo ahead of a visit later this month to Nepal to complete his research. "Fortunately or unfortunately the romantic pursuit of the creature is going to end, but I'm full of satisfaction that I'm turning the unknown into a known fact," he told AFP.
Nebuka's theory rests on a linguistic discovery: Through a series of interviews with local people in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, he has found that "yeti" is a regional dialect word for "meti", meaning bear.
Ethnic Tibetan tribes who are scared of the powerful bears which often attack their villages, worship the meti/yeti as a dreadful, supernatural creature, Nebuka said.
"Combining the deified image with people's imaginations, the figure of the Abominable Snowman has been rooted in people's minds and the apelike monster image has spread too far," Nebuka said.
Six years ago, he took pictures of the head and paws of a meti/yeti - - clearly a bear -- which had been kept by a local sherpa, or a mountain guide, as a talisman.
Nebuka advised another Japanese expedition, now on a two-month trek to find the elusive snowman, to end their futile efforts.
Yoshiteru Takahashi, 60, and his six-member team left Kathmandu for the basecamp at the foot of the Dhaulagiri mountain range in the Himalayas in mid-August to try to prove the existence of the Yeti.
"If they want to go and find it, please go ahead. But let me see what they can find, which cannot be anything but a bear," Nebuka said.
"It's okay to spend their own money to pursue their dream, but it is arguably wrong to collect money from other people knowing that no such creature exists on Earth," he added.
Curious Westerners have put themselves on the track of the Yeti since the 19th century, but the tale of the Abominable Snowman really captured imaginations worldwide in 1951 after large footprints were found on a glacier high in the Himalayas.
Numerous unconfirmed sightings of the beast have since been reported.
Among the most famous Yeti hunters are Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner and Edmund Hillary, who first conquered Everest on May 29, 1953.
Some years after, in 1960, the New Zealander took part in a 10- month expedition to attempt to prove the Yeti's existence in the Khumbu Valley, to the south of Everest.
But it was in vain.
The most convincing evidence was a scalp brought back from a monastery
in Khumjung. But scientific analysis proved it was a forgery, made with
a piece of a Serow Himalayan goat.
Makoto Nebuka, a member of the Japanese Alpine Club, will soon publish the findings of a 12-year study in which he concludes that the mysterious creature, also known as the yeti, is actually the Himalayan brown bear.
The 56-year-old head of the club's Aomori branch has interviewed Himalayan tribes and visited areas in Nepal, Bhutan and elsewhere with the help of Sherpa guides.
While the word "yeti" means "snowman" in the Sherpa language, the mythical creature is also apparently known as "meti," according to Nebuka, who is from Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture.
Aside from the Sherpas, most of the tribes interviewed by Nebuka told him that "meti" refers to the Himalayan brown bear, adding that "meti" and "yeti" are one and the same.
Nebuka's remarks will likely fuel debate over the mystery, with a Japanese expedition team currently conducting a two-month trek in search of the elusive creature.
Led by Yoshiteru Takahashi, the mountaineers are set to roam the Dhaulagiri range through October.
Nebuka said the vivid imaginations of explorers have fueled continuing expeditions in search of the Abominable Snowman, reputed to be a giant apelike biped, leading Sherpas to believe in its existence as well.
The legend has grown in tandem with people's imaginations, apparently reflecting human fears, as well as representing an attempt to lure tourists to the roof of the world.
The myth of the Abominable
Snowman first attracted worldwide attention in 1951, following the discovery
of large footprints. Its image as an apelike monster became fixed when
British media introduced it as such in 1954.
Kazawa Hideke, a "keen
duck watcher" in the Park was adamant that the duck was the creature
that alpinists had been searching for for nearly 95 years. "It depends
on the level of afternoon light," he was quoted as saying, "but
after five cans of Sapporo beer, I can (hic) confirm that the duck is
the much-hunted Abominable Snowman." he said before falling into
Makoto Nebuka, a member
of the Japanese Alpine Club, will soon publish the findings of a study
of over 12 years in which he concludes the mysterious creature, also known
as the yeti, is actually the Himalayan brown bear. (Kyodo News)
is on for Abominable Snowman"
--September 6, 2003
The seven-member expedition, supported by The Asahi Shimbun, is spending 40 days to find the creature, which supposedly is hairy and ape-like.
The team, led by alpinist Yoshiteru Takahashi, 60, is concentrating the search around Nepal's 8,172-meter Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh highest peak. Four members are veteran climbers of the Himalayas.
The adventurers set up their base camp on a grassy plateau about 4,300 meters above sea level, according to reports reaching The Asahi Shimbun on Friday. The camp is just southeast of the 6,273-meter Myagdi Matha peak. The area is dotted with white, blue and yellow alpine plants.
The team set off for base camp with 140 guides and porters on Aug. 17, and initially was scheduled to arrive on Aug. 23. Progress was hampered by continuous rain and steep cliffs in the jungle, adding six days to the journey.
There have been numerous yeti sightings in the area. Some say the creature walks on two legs, has long arms and dark hair, either red or gray. The team has set up 17 infrared cameras at points along trails they believe yeti use. Rather than try to follow a yeti to its lair, team members will lie in wait, hoping to photograph the creature. They also plan to set up two other observation camps, which will be equipped with telescopes.
In Tibetan, the word
yeti means ``magical creature.''
Japanese beverage company Suntory is sponsoring the Yeti Expedition 2003 led by 60-year-old custom-made furniture maker Yoshiteru Takahashi and his six-member team that plans to spend two months among the southeastern peaks of Mt Dhaulagiri.
At a height of 4,700-5,000 metres, they hope to take photographs of the abominable snowman and prove that the creature exists.
The Tokyo entrepreneur, who says a set of footprints in the mountains in 1971 set him on the trail of the yeti, had led an earlier "yeti expedition" in 1994. At that time, he failed to film the creature but came across "evidence" that convinced him the beast, half bearish, half primate, actually exists.
Takahashi, who speaks through an interpreter, says he has been able to narrow down the creature's territory. At those spots, his team will set up six infrared automatic cameras that will go on clicking 24 hours, coming up - God willing - with photographs of the yeti and other Himalayan wildlife.
The cameras come from a second corporate supporter, Nikon, while Suntory is bearing the costs of the expedition which amount to an impressive 10 million yen.
Mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner claimed he had seen the yeti and wrote a book, prompting ridicule. But undaunted, the millionaire climber said this May, during the golden jubilee celebration of the first ascent of Mt Everest, that the beast, locally known as 'banmanchhe', did exist. One day, he would like to hit the yeti trail himself, he said.
At least three expeditions in the 1920s claimed they had sighted the fabulous creature but the only evidence they could produce was photographs of footprints.
Takahashi says there are two types of yeti. The larger, he says, is "a kind of the Himalayan brown bear". His team is on the trail of the smaller, called "miniti", which is about 150 cm tall and resembles a primate.
"When we successfully prove that the yeti really lives in the Himalayas, the next step is protection," he says. "We don't want this precious creature to die out. If the yeti's existence is proved, scientific research and protection schemes can start."
Though not carrying
any weapons, the expedition is carrying something potent to ward off an
attack should they come across the creature and should it turn menacing.
It is a spray containing hot chilli powder. And no, there are no sponsors
Mr. Yoshiteru Takahashi who says a set of footprints in the mountains in 1971 set him on the trail of the yeti, had led an earlier "yeti expedition" in 1994. At that time, he failed to film the creature but came across "evidence" that convinced him the beast, half bearish, half primate, actually exists.
The entrepreneur says
he has been able to narrow down the creature's territory. At those spots,
his team will set up six infrared automatic cameras that will go on clicking
24 hours coming up -- god willing -- with photographs of the yeti and
other Himalayan wildlife. When asked if the team is carrying any weapons
to ward of the wild animals or even the Yeti, in case it attacks them? "No. The team is not carrying any weapons. But we are carrying something
potent enough to ward off any attack, should it be a creature of the wild
or the "Yeti" itself. A spray containing hot chilli powder".
"Japanese climber leaves for Himalayas on hunt for Yeti" -- August 18, 2003
A Japanese mountaineer
has left Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, on an expedition to prove the existence
of the legendary Yeti. Yoshiteru Takahashi, 60, and his six-member team
left for a base camp at the foot of the Dhaulagiri mountain range in the
Himalayas. "I am very much confident of finding strong evidence of
the existence of Yeti this time," Takahashi said before boarding
a flight to Pokhara Valley. From there, the team will spend seven days
trekking to Dhaulagiri. He said he was confident the mysterious creature
existed, after having seen footprints in the snow on a previous search
expedition in 1994.
A Japanese expedition equipped with sensor-activated cameras and led by an amateur cryptozoologist is heading to the Himalayas hoping to track down the abominable snowman.
Seven climbers will spend six weeks in Nepal trying to capture images of the legendary humanlike creature also known as the yeti, more than 10,000 feet up the world's seventh-tallest mountain.
the expedition leader, who climbs as a hobby, is on his second yeti hunt.
"I want to find out what made those footprints." Takahashi said. "They definitely didn't belong to a bear."
The expedition, which leaves Sunday, plans to "ambush" the elusive creature which Takahashi believes is some kind of primate by setting up about 15 cameras that are automatically activated by infrared sensors.
Takahashi, 60, described his expedition, which has no backing from Japan's academic community, as "just bunch of climbers" who had all seen unfamiliar footprints on past ascents of the Dhaulagiri range.
"I don't consider
this a mystery," he said. "The yeti exists I just want to figure
out what kind of animal it is," he said.
Seven climbers will spend six weeks in Nepal trying to capture images of the legendary humanlike creature also known as the yeti, more than 10,000 feet up the world's seventh-tallest mountain, the expedition's leader, Yoshiteru Takahashi, told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Takahashi, a 60-year-old construction company employee who climbs as a hobby, is on his second yeti hunt. He says he found humanlike footprints made by a "rather large animal" in a cave about 15,000 feet up Mt.Dhaulagiri on a previous expedition in 1994.
[Mt. Dhaulagiri, whose name means White Mountain, is the seventh highest mountain in the world. It is an enormous Himalayan massif, located in north central Nepal. It is the highest mountain located entirely within Nepal.]
"I want to find out what made those footprints." Takahashi said. "They definitely didn't belong to a bear."
The expedition, which leaves Sunday, plans to "ambush" the elusive creature, which Takahashi believes is some kind of primate by setting up about 15 cameras that are automatically activated by infrared sensors.
Takahashi described his expedition, which has no backing from Japan's academic community, as "just bunch of climbers" who had all seen unfamiliar footprints on past ascents of Nepal's Dhaulagiri range.
"I don't consider
this a mystery," he said. "The yeti exists, I just want to figure
out what kind of animal it is."
to scour Himalayas for mystery yeti
Some call it the Abominable Snowman, some call it a myth, but these Japanese adventurers say the truth is out there. While climbing Mount Everest may have become almost commonplace-as much a matter of money as skill-there is still one unsolved mystery in this area known as the ``roof of the world.''
With few routes left unexplored 50 years after Everest was conquered, adventurers are pinning their hopes on finding a yeti, the legendary Abominable Snowman some say is out there waiting to be discovered.
This summer, seven Japanese alpinists will depart for the Himalayas to search for the animal true believers say lives high up in the mountains.
The expedition led by alpinist Yoshiteru Takahashi, 60, will conduct its search around Dhaulagiri mountain in Nepal, the seventh highest peak in the world.
Four members of the team are veteran climbers who have scaled peaks in the Himalayas. Since the beginning of the 20th century there have been many yeti ``sightings'' in the Himalayas.
In 1951, a photograph taken by a British alpinist Eric Shipton caused a sensation. The picture showed a large footprint, apparently made by an unknown creature, in the snow at the foot of Everest on the Nepal side.
Three years later, an expedition sponsored by the British newspaper Daily Mail explored the mountain but failed to find any trace of the elusive snowman.
Witnesses say the creature walks on two legs, has long arms and dark hair, either red or gray.
Nobody has been able to say definitively what this creature is, or if it is anything more than a high-altitude myth.
The Dhaulagiri mountain area has had more than its share of yeti reports. Many people, including Takahashi, claim to have seen a yeti here or its tracks.
In 1971, Japanese alpinist Mitsuhiko Yoshino says he ventured across an animal about 1.5 meters tall with a hairy body on Dhaulagiri mountain. He says he was no more than 20 meters away from it.
In July 1975, adventurer Norio Suzuki says he saw five animals that looked like gorillas in the area. Some were big, some were small, he said.
And two months later, Michiko Imai, a doctor and a member of Takahashi's expedition team, found footprints the size of about a 2-year-old child's in the snow. She found bigger footprints higher up in mountain.
Although there has never been any conclusive evidence that yeti exist, Takahashi believes they are real.
In 1994, he led an expedition to search for the creatures. They found some intriguing hints-a cave with the strong smell of animals and some human-like footprints-but didn't come across a yeti.
This time Takahashi plans to set up infrared cameras at four points along a trail he believes yeti use.
``There's a good chance that we'll succeed in taking pictures of the unknown animals this time, because their route is geographically limited,'' he said.
``I'm anticipating the success of Takahashi's expedition because they have compiled a great deal of information,'' said Hiroyoshi Otsuka, a former chairman of the Japanese Alpine Club.
Otsuka was a member of an expedition that searched for the yeti 43 years ago.
``I hope they will bring back scientific evidence to avoid the charge that the exhibition was just for fun,'' Otsuka said.(IHT/Asahi: July 22, 2003)
House fitter Yoshiteru Takahashi, 60, will leave Japan for Nepal on August 10 with five other men, a seventh is to join the party in the capital Kathmandu, Takahashi's wife, Masako, said.
"He has been convinced of the Yeti's existence for three decades and believes searching for it is the last romantic mission left in the Himalayas," she said.
Few have even claimed to have seen the Yeti, but tracks in the snow, rare photos - often fuzzy, excretions, hairs and disputed testimonies are some of the elements that continue to fuel the debate on the "abominable snowman".
Half man, half monkey, it is said to live high up in the thick forests of Nepal and Tibet, where it is known locally by the name "migou."
Takahashi's party, ranging in age from 31 to 60, is to stay at the Dhaulagiri (White Mountain) massif, whose main peak is 8,167 metres (26,950 feet) high.
They hope to track the Yeti down by setting up at least four infra-red cameras.
Takahashi climbed the Dhaulagiri peaks twice in the 1970s and once in 1982.
He returned there in 1994 for the sole purpose of finding the Yeti - in vain.
He failed to film the Yeti although he smelled a strong animal scent and found barefoot footprints that resembled those of a small human child and measured between 10 and 20 centimetres (four and eight inches), his 56-year-old wife said.
"I know I cannot stop him as we have been married for 27 years, and I want people to understand he is serious about the mission," she said.
The party is being provided with logistic support from the major Japanese daily Asahi.
Since the last century, curious westerners have put themselves on the track of the Yeti.
Among the most famous are Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner, and Edmund Hillary, who first conquered Everest on May 29, 1953.
Some years after, in 1960, the New Zealander took part in a ten-month expedition to attempt to prove the existence of the Yeti in the Khumbu Valley, to the south of Everest. But it was in vain.
The most convincing evidence was a scalp brought back from a monastery in Khumjung.
But scientific analysis
proved it was a forgery, made with a piece of a Serow Himalayan goat.
Yoshiteru Takahashi said he had seen footprints on Mount Dhaulagiri during trips to the world's seventh-highest mountain in the 1970s and 1990s which he believed belonged to the Yeti.
"They [the footprints]
were very, very close to human foot-steps," Takahashi, the 60-year-old
who works in a housing firm in Tokyo, told Reuters. "I'll
take pictures and shake hands if I meet him.
The team comprises seven Japanese climbers and seven Nepali sherpas and will take cameras that can detect body temperature. The mysterious Yeti seized the world's imagination during a drive by foreign climbers to scale Mount Everest between the 1920s and 1950s, when Sherpa porters recounted local legends about hairy wild men lurking in the mountains.
Many teams have been
on Yeti hunts since the 1950s to verify the authenticity of tracks left
in the Himalayas. But no conclusive scientific evidence has proved the
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