Medium to large Yamashita treasure deposits were placed on different types of containers such as wooden boxes, cylindrical drums, ceramic bowls and even inside human or animal bones. As for small deposits, they do not usually have containers because they consists of only few number of items such as one or two pieces of gold bars.
In most cases, majority of the hidden Yamashita treasures were stored in boxes. In fact, the large deposit uncovered by “Roger Rogelio Roxas” in Baguio City, Philippines were composed of several “large piles of boxes” known to contain precious gold bars.
When it comes to Yamashita treasure signs, there are plenty of “boxes related signs” on the list. Thus, we should cover only those that are commonly encountered by most THs (treasure hunters).
Boxes of Gold Bars
The JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) used the sign above to indicate the contents of their buried treasure deposit. It means that the item consist of “boxes containing gold bars”. As you can see, the symbol consists of “four boxes”. The three boxes are aligned vertically but one is at the middle positioned at a different direction. Regardless of their arrangement, they represent “gold bars” as deposits.
On the left side of the symbol are two inverted “Cs”. This means that the items are “enclosed or contained” within two or more boxes.
The above symbol are also interpreted exactly the same by these following signs:
Treasure Deposits in the Box or Chest
The above treasure sign is interpreted as “treasure deposits in the box or chest”. As shown in the image above, the sign consists of a rectangle with a dot at the center. The dot represent the item while the rectangle as the container box.
Other signs with similar meanings to the sign above are the following:
Box of Gold
This is another Yamashita treasure sign which means, “Box of gold”. It is simply illustrated by a big letter C engulfing the smaller size letter B.
Moreover, you might have noticed the differences of the signs with one another. They actually have slight similarities. On the first four sets of signs above, the two inverted Cs are represented by the next three signs with 3, B and 8 accordingly. On the second set of signs, they all consists of rectangular boxes.
The reason about their slight similarities is due to different individuals who illustrated those signs. Just for information purposes, these treasure symbols used by the JIA are “Kungi” symbols which was a long forgotten ancient form of writing from Japan. Thus, even the JIA themselves were not quite familiar with them which explains those differences.
Above all, encountering any of the signs above ensures the presence of the hidden deposit in the area.