Mystery of The Man From Taured

Mystery of The Man From Taured

One of the most intriguing stories of a stranger from a strange land is the Mystery of the man from Taured. The story goes that in 1954, a man arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo after disembarking from a plane originating in Europe.

Upon arriving at the customs checkpoint the man presents a passport indicating he is from Taured. The only problem is that officials recognize that no such land exists. The man is insistent that he is from a nation over 1,000 years old situated on the border between Spain and France.

Popular tellings of the story differ with various sources at this point. Some indicate that the man is confused by Andorra and insists that this is not his homeland while the majority have the man identifying the space as Taured though he appears confused that it is being called “Andorra” and claims to have never heard of such a place.

When immigration officials take him to a hotel under guard they are shocked the next morning to find he has disappeared with no discernible means of escape. Complicating matters further is that his confiscated passport is also gone as is virtually every bit of evidence that he ever passed through Tokyo.

The story of the Taured man is a spooky favorite. The idea of a waylaid traveler finding himself in a strange land, seemingly of another world, was constantly used as fodder for mystery and horror stories throughout the last century.

The story itself could easily have been a plot for an episode of The Twilight Zone ( which, incidentally, would have aired less than five years after the Taured man stepped off that plane at Haneda ).

The Taured Man

There are a few possibilities as to what happened to the Taured man ( ordered from least to most likely ):

1. He Was a Time Traveler – Perhaps the name “Taured” was unknown to the people of 1954, as it is unknown to the people of the present year, because the land formerly known as Andorra is to be known as Taured many years in the future.

For this to be the case, a few assumptions would need to be made. First, the boundaries of Andorra and Taured would need to be nearly identical despite a thousand (or more) years difference between their existence. Very few nations have geographic boundaries that have remained completely unchanged for hundreds, let alone thousands, of years.

The Taured Man

One must also consider the impact of rising water levels. In is possible that the Principality of Andorra would be under water in 1,000 years, let alone remaining untouched and renamed along the exact borders.

Second, if the Taured man is from the future, it would be a future where the air travel of 1954 would seem both natural and appropriate. A traveler from just a few decades later would likely not recognize the air travel experience in 1954 so it seems that someone from the future would likely be thrown off by the seemingly primitive means of conveyance afforded to professionals of that year.

2. He Accidentally Passed Through a Parallel Dimension – Perhaps, in a parallel dimension, nearly all of the world as we know it looks and feels exactly the same with technological advances following along a similar course, languages developing in the same fashion and everything, except for the name of Andorra, remaining the same as it is here.

While that might sound like a major stretch, believers in the parallel universe theory would likely be open to the possibility that our reality exists in potentially limitless dimensions. So the idea that one of those dimensions includes a nation of “Taured” in the space known to us as Andorra should not be discounted as a possibility.

3. The Game of Telephone – A woman once met an elderly German man. After attending church together for a few months and periodically having breakfast, he invites her over to his home. There, she sees a shadowbox containing the ribbons and medals of a World War II SS Officer.

He explains they belonged to his now deceased brother. As time goes on, and the woman tells others the story, the story itself begins to evolve. Then, five years later, the woman’s nephew tells the tale of how his aunt found a Nazi war criminal in hiding after uncovering his secret cache of Nazi memorabilia and learning his true identity.

Just like the game of telephone, popular among small children, people add their own embellishment to a story they like. As the story continues forward, it tends to snowball until it is unrecognizable from the original event.

The Game of Telephone

Remember that this allegedly occurred in 1954. That’s less than a decade after Japan surrendered to Allied Forces in the second World War. That’s also only two years after Haneda Airport was actually open to civilian international travel. Prior to 1952, it was still an Army Airfield.

hat means that, at the time of the alleged incident, the immigration officials at Haneda had, at maximum, two years experience in an international airport working as immigration and customs officials. The story has a very certain agent who immediately identifies Taured as being a non-existent entity.

In reality, an agent at this airport at this time would likely have had very little interaction with travelers from many countries. This is years before Dr. Deming revamped the Japanese economy and helped turn it into an industrial powerhouse.

It is very possible that a new ( and likely young ) immigration agent may have encountered a country unknown to him or her and that, as the story was told, it simply snowballed into a mysterious traveler coming from a mysterious and nonexistent place.

It’s also possible that, at this time, someone was earnestly trying to traverse the globe with a fake passport issued from a nonexistent country. Maybe it was an effort to evade the law, seek adventure or perhaps born of some mental illness. Either way, it appears reasonable that a kernel of truth may have been the beginning of this multi-layered story.

4. The Urban Legend – The story can be found in hundreds of places on the internet. Some accounts include intimate details such as the color of the Taured man’s jacket and suitcase to a full accounting of the foreign currencies he had in his wallet at the time. With no documentary evidence one must consider the possibility that the event simply never occurred and was merely a work of fiction within the mind of a creative prankster.

We will likely never know the truth about the mystery of the man from Taured. But sometimes it is the fact that we will never know the answer that makes the mystery itself so enticing.

9 comments on “Mystery of The Man From Taured

  1. If there really was such a case, there should be more recorded details, such as the man’s name, his age, the city he claimed to live in, an address…Has someone seen a file of this man created by Japanese Customs Officials at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan? If there were so many people involved as the story claims, there still must be living eye-witnesses.

    1. Yep, the real mystery is where this story originally came from – it’s what makes it one of the most talked about ‘geek’ subjects on the internet ( and it’s also why we decided to do an article on it! ) πŸ™‚

    2. That was my thinking was as well. So I asked a friend who worked for Japanese customs at Haneda during the 50’s. He’s not only aware of the story he was involved!
      Before I go in to his version of events I’ll give a little background on him, it helps to fill in a couple of large gaps in the well known version. He was born in July 1935. Maps have always fascinated him. He took the job with customs to augment his finances during college and had been on the job about 6 months when the “Taurad” incident occurred. I’ve known him for 23 years and he is as sharp today as the day I met him.
      Names of the Japanese involved have been redacted at his request.
      Here’s his version of events:
      “On January 18th 1955 it had been normal day for the most part. As I was doing visa checks for some gaijin a very strange passport came across my desk. Rather than the normal red or blue, or even the occasional black or green, it was yellow. This gave me pause. Examination of the documents inside was even more confusing. He came from a nonexistent nation, Taurad, yet had entered Japan seventeen times prior, mainly through Haneda. I asked him to stay a moment while I had my supervisor come over to verify his documentation. My supervisor had never heard of a yellow passport so we asked for a little additional identification and he produced a drivers license that was also from Taurad and also contained the name Albi Blai Toset. At this point my supervisor asked the man and I to come with him. My supervisor made the call to his superiors and they dispatched a set of agents to interrogate him. I was asked to witness the interrogation of this man since I was the first to come in to contact with him. The agents interrogated the man for five or six hours and he kept giving the exact same answers that he was a textile salesman there to meet with a client about increasing his orders of fine Tauradian cloth. They called his client and the client had never heard of the man. When the agents finally took a break from interrogation I asked to speak with the man for a moment before they continued their interrogation. I had a book of maps with me and I was curious as to where Taurad was. I showed him the map of Europe that was in there and he pointed to Andorra region but became concerned and distressed by Andorra but no Taurad. Before I had the time to inquire about it further I was asked to leave by the interrogation agents. After filling out the required paperwork about the incident I was allowed to leave for the day and had no more interaction with the man. I was told by my supervisor the next day that he had been taken to a nearby hotel and put under guard. I continued on with my work and studies for the next few days, up until I was called to my supervisor’s office. I was asked if I had seen him or another of his strange passports recently. I had not so I replied as such. I was informed he disappeared from his room and that no trace of him could be found save for the photographs taken of his passport, drivers license, and mugshot.”
      That’s where he left it, there’s probably more but he isn’t willing to talk about it too much. The only other information I was able to get out of him was a description of the guy. The man was tall, thin, olive skinned, with black eyes, and dressed in a black Fedora, black suit, trench coat, and black gloves. I’m going to see if I can petition the Japanese government to release those records, assuming they still exist.

      1. Thank you for your post, itΒ΄s a very interesting history, i living in Andorra, and there lights and espherical beans which sometimes i can record with my camera, i think this country is very special like the man who come from here.
        I hope, you can tell us more information about this from the japanese government.

  2. Seeing the photos of the passport, drivers license, mugshot, etc. plus any other official documents that the Japanese government is the only way that this will move from myth to a real mystery for most people.

  3. Is it possible that he was a nazi?

    Hypothese:

    He fled after the war was to an end. He was afraid to be killed because of his war crimes. So he fled to Andorra, a place no one would bother search as it’s so remote. After some years they got track of him so he had to flee again. He was helped by the old regime. He got his story wright and got on a plane (in Spain) to Japan.

    There he met the rest of the old regime (allies in the war) and they helped him with his hoax. The only thing that was alter in his story was Taured, the rest he had European currency and the company he was to visited also existed…..

    In the night they got hin from his hotel (paid of some guards) and someone at the airport got al the evidence that he was ever there..

    And he lived long and happy in a remote village with al his German friends

    1. That’s a pretty good call Euro – never thought about that angle before but it’s very interesting. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  4. One must also consider the impact of rising water levels. In is possible that the Principality of Andorra would be under water in 1,000 years, let alone remaining untouched and renamed along the exact borders.

    What rising water levels? I’m not sure to what this comment is referring. Andorra is situated in the Pyrenees Mountains, average elevation 2 to 3,000 metres, so flooding would be the least of their worries.

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