In the previous post, we have discussed the risk and danger that are involved about booby traps and how they are still protecting the hidden Yamashita treasures. Now, you have to know that the first step on how to properly deal with them is to be aware about danger signs particularly danger signs about presence of “booby traps”. By being aware of their meanings, you can actually make the necessary preparations on how to properly handle or disable them.

On this post, I would like to introduce some of the booby trap danger signs that are most commonly encountered around.

Flower Symbolizes Big Size Bomb Trap

Let’s first start with the flower symbols. Many of you have already encountered flower symbols engraved on surfaces of concretes and rocks. There are several different designs of these flower symbols but despite their differences, they all have one similar meaning which has something to do with presence of booby traps.

On this first flower danger sign here on our illustration, it consists of eight petals. According to some treasure hunters, the more petals the flower has means, the more dangerous is the booby trap. But for my team, we always consider all flower signs as “equally dangerous”.

Flower Sign Explosive Trap

This is another flower sign but unlike the previous one, it has six petals. Again, despite the less number of petals as compared from the first, it is still best to treat it with extreme caution.

Flower Sign with Many Petals

As you can see, this third flower sign that we have here has a lot of petals. You already know what it means. But the good thing about it is that, it gives confirmation that it is protecting a huge treasure deposit. If you notice, there is the asterisk like symbol in the middle that we have already discussed in the other previous video which is a representation of “million’s worth of deposit”.

Flower Sign Booby Trap

What do you notice on this flower sign? Yes, there are four petals on top and another four petals below. This means that there are two separate booby traps setup on two different layers.

Circle with X sign

What we now have here on this illustration is a circle with an X inside it, but depending on your viewing angle, you may also view it as a cross.

Circle with Cross Sign

When you encounter this sign, you should immediately stop and think of a good strategy on how you are going to proceed. It’s because it also means that the booby trap is very near.

Circle Sign Booby Trap

This is another sign that is composed of a circle with some symbols inside it. What it means is that, there is a presence of booby trap that when something is detached, it will get triggered. Thus, you have to proceed with extra caution because a slight disturbance of the booby trap can cause it to get triggered.

Warning Sign Explosive Point

What do you observe on this sign? It is actually a combination of a flower sign and a circle with an X or cross inside. It means that the booby trap is very near right on that spot.

Explosive Trap Sign

Again, we have here on this sign the circle with an X or cross inside it. However, there seems to be like double arrow heads in the four corners of the circle all pointing at its center point. What it means is exactly the same as the previous sign where the booby trap can be found right on that particular spot.

Explosive Sign Trap

This is another same exact version of the previous sign. However, instead of an X or cross inside the circle, it is replaced with a dot.

Star Sign Bad or Terrible Trap

Star signs were commonly used by Japanese Imperial Army Generals as signs for their hidden treasure deposit. However, it also means that their hidden treasure is equipped with booby trap. What you see on this illustration is a simple star symbol which means, “Bad or Terrible Trap”. Bad or terrible refers how damaging can the booby trap will cause when got triggered.

Star Booby Trap Sign

This is another star sign with similar meaning to the previous one. The only difference with this sign is its dot at the center which confirms that the booby trap is hidden right on that spot.

Bomb Trap Sign

There are two symbols on this illustration. And, they basically mean presence of a booby trap.

Open Fan Bomb Around the Object

What you are seeing on this illustration is an open fan which is also considered as a representation of presence of booby trap. But, what makes it interesting is that, it confirms that the booby trap is currently attached to the item.

Closed Umbrella Bomb Inside the Tunnel

Obviously, what you are seeing now is a figure of a closed umbrella. This sign is often encountered inside tunnels where it warns presence of a booby trap that is lying ahead.

Spring or Coiled Wire Sign

This is another sign about presence of a booby trap that is commonly encountered inside tunnels which is a symbol that looks like a spring or coiled wire. Just like the open fan sign, the booby trap is attached to the object.

We will cover more of the booby traps signs that are commonly encountered inside tunnels in part 2 of this post.

Aside from these booby trap danger signs, I would also like to introduce to you these warning signs. You have to know that some of the booby trap danger signs do not tell you any clue if you are already near them or not. On cases like this, the Japanese Imperial Soldiers often placed separate signs that warn you if you are already pretty close to the location of the booby trap.

Arrow Pointing Spot of the Booby Trap

What you are seeing is a sign that is composed of three arrow heads that are attached together as shown here on the illustration. When you encounter this sign, they are pointing directly into the spot of the booby trap. Thus, it is giving a warning that you should proceed with extreme caution especially when you intend to disable the trap.

Stop Right Away Sign

If you happen to encounter a certain booby trap sign along with this sign or at some certain distance or depth, then you need to immediately stop digging and proceed with extra caution. It’s because you are about to uncover the booby trap and there are chances that it will get triggered when it got accidentally disturbed.

Stop Digging Right Away Sign

This warning sign has similar meaning as the previous one which means, “You have to Stop Digging Right Away”.

Don't Proceed Sign

Another warning sign with similar meaning as the previous booby trap danger sign which means, “Do not proceed or continue”.

Moreover, here are other danger signs that give clues when you are close or near to a certain booby trap danger signs.  

Dangerous Sign Explosive Booby Trap
Danger Trap Explosive Sign
Danger Nearby Sign
Danger Yamashita Treasure Sign

5 Comments to “Bobby Traps Yamashita Treasure Signs – Part 1”

  • Hello Sir Elmo have a nice day to you! Thanks Be to God I found your web or your blog about treasure hunting. Sir Elmo you know, one of my friend he is 62 years old now and he told me that he discovered a wide cement under 3 feet mud pit at the center of rice field. Based on his estimate of it, its size is 4 feet length by 4 feet width by 2 or 3 feet dept. Now, we are planning to dig it next year if God willing.
    Sir Elmo I just want to ask if that thing has a danger or it might be a bomb or poison inside? Please answer my question Sir. Thank you so much Sir Elmo. God bless you always Sir!

    • That’s an interesting site. You should dig it and observe for any possible signs or markers that you may uncover. It’s because through them, you will be able to know if there is a presence of booby trap or poison.

      • Ok Sir thank you so much for your quick response. May we find grace in our treasure hunting. Thank you so much for your blog Sir. This means a lot for me.

  • Hello Sir Elmo,

    What particular object will the JIA put signs on their booby traps? Do they usually carved the sign on the rock/stone? Because we uncovered a black/bluish hard soil mixed with pieces of sea shell at 40 feet under and one part of the soil has a 5 petals flower like shell. Is it a sign or just a piece of sea shell?

    • Yes, they often carved them. But still, since you found such sign then you need to be extra careful as you proceed in your diggings.

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