Junichi Yaoi's otherworldly encounters took place decades ago, but in his memory, it's as if they happened yesterday.

The first one was in 1972. It was about 4 o'clock on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Tokyo's then semi-rural Setagaya Ward.

Yaoi (above, center), an employee at Nippon Television Network, was stretched out on the tatami at home, gazing off into space as he planned his upcoming work schedule.