In the previous post, we covered the different common types of trees that the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) commonly used in marking their hidden Yamashita treasures. Many of you have claimed to encounter these trees in your sites. However, your common question is “How exactly can you distinguish a certain tree if it’s a legit marker or not?”
First of all, there are two ways on how the JIA had hidden their Yamashita treasures by using trees as markers.
One, they were the ones who planted the trees themselves. And they commonly planted right on top of their treasure deposit spot.
Two, they buried their treasures under huge trees that will surely stand and last for a long period of time.
Based on my own personal experiences as a treasure hunter, there are 6 methods on how you can determine if a certain tree has been used by the JIA as markers.
- The Arrangements of the Trees around the Site
If you are a reader of my blog, you are probably already aware about the method called “Triangulation” which is an arrangement of trees. This is where the trees around your site are arranged where they form a triangle when you interconnect them from their respective locations. This legitimacy of the trees in triangulation as marker is further confirmed if the distances between the trees are equal.
So if there are trees in your site and they have some kind of weird arrangement, you have to study them closely and try to figure out if they were intentionally planted by human hand or nature in the past. Anyway, we will cover this topic on a separate post.
- Engrave Marker on the Body of the Tree
Last year, somebody claimed that the JIA never engraved markers on the bodies of trees as markers. This is due to the reason that when the tree grows, the engrave markers will get deformed. I am not saying that his statement is true or false. But based on my own personal experiences, I already encountered a lot of engraved markers on the bodies of trees as markers.
In all of the markers that were engraved on the bodies of trees, they were often simple types of symbols or signs. Such signs include arrow sign, arrowhead, triangle, heart, diamond, square, and etc…
One of my experiences here was a mango tree where on its body was an engraved arrow sign pointing at a downward direction. Throughout the years, this mango tree had grown bigger in size where the engraved arrow sign got slightly deformed. The sign got deformed but not too much where it still provides a clear direction.
However, if the JIA engraved complicated symbols such as Kanji then surely it would be really hard to interpret them. But just like what I stated above, the JIA often carved simple types of symbols on bodies of trees.
- Embedded Objects on the Bodies of the Trees
If not engraved markers are found on the body of the tree, it could be embedded objects like old nails, stones, metals, and bottles. They were intentionally placed there by the JIA as markers which can greatly help in locating the exact deposit spot of the hidden item.
Although, there is some complexity on how you can interpret embedded objects. This actually depends on the arrangement of the objects, shapes, and their numbers. So when it comes to old embedded nails, they commonly have meanings about directions, distances, and depths about the location of the hidden item.
To all new treasure hunters of this generation, it is too sad to say that most of the embedded objects as markers on the bodies of trees may no longer be visible today. This is due to the reason that through all the years that already passed, the bodies of the trees have grown bigger where they most likely swallowed the embedded objects entirely.
Anyway, you can still distinguish these objects from the bodies of the tree where they tend to form bulges.
- Weird Shapes and Sizes of the Trees
The most common way that the JIA often hid their Yamashita treasures were by burying them under the trees. If the tree does have a huge body then they can choose to hide their treasures inside it.
Most Yamashita treasures are actually contaminated with poisons. So if you happen to uncover one of them then it is highly advisable that you wear your protective gears before handling the items.
In relation to the trees, you have to know that these chemicals do have bad effects on the vegetations on the land surface. So if the JIA had planted a tree as a marker on the top of their treasure deposit, this tree may end up growing weird with abnormal shapes or its growth takes a long time.
- Huge Branches of the Trees
I have already covered in the previous post about how you can interpret branches of tree markers.
But as a brief summary, a straight branch gives a straight direction that you need to follow while a curve branch means that the item is below it.
- Markers around the Site
Sometimes, the JIA never placed any makers on the tree where they placed it on the other objects found on the site. They placed it on objects particularly on large old rocks, concretes, and structures.
One of you guys has asked what signs do the JIA often use indicating that the item is buried on a certain old tree.
Based on my own experiences, the JIA often used symbols that gave direction where they rarely used a symbol indicating a tree. However, in all of my experiences as a treasure hunter, there are only two signs that I encountered that directly indicate a tree on the site.
This is the first symbol which is actually a Kanji character. It means “tree”. And the JIA often engraved them on surfaces of old rocks. So if you happen to encounter this sign, you already know what to do which is to look for the closest tree near it.
The second symbol is this one which is actually the same version as the first. It’s only difference is that there is an added short horizontal line on the top. What it is referring to is the largest tree on the site (or particularly a centennial tree).