Majority of you my fellow TH (treasure hunter) friends have recently been asking about the meaning of a foot or feet sign that you encountered on your treasure hunting projects. When it comes to this particular symbol, you have to know that it can have varied meanings depending on some circumstances.
Foot sign is actually one of the most common markings used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) that they left as clues on the treasures that they had hidden. It can be encountered in two different forms. First, it is engraved on surfaces of old objects such as old trees and rocks. Second, strange rocks that takes the form of a foot. The first form is actually more reliable than the second. It is because there are many rocks around that naturally resembles the shape of a foot. I have to admit that even I can hardly determine such sign if it is authentic or not.
Engrave foot signs are often discovered out from the surface and rarely buried or hidden. The JIA actually intended to make it visible because it is a marking that plays an important part in pinpointing the exact location of the item. Without this sign, even a professional TH may have a hard time or even fail to figure out what to do next.
Rocks that strangely resemble the shape of a foot are more commonly encountered buried under the ground. Unlike the engrave counterpart, this sign has something to do with the distance or measurement.
Meaning of a Foot or Feet Yamashita Treasure Sign
It is really quite complicated to interpret the meaning of a foot sign especially when there are other symbols along with it. You have to know that these other symbols can influence its basic meaning to give different interpretations. But before we proceed on this part, let us first discuss the basic meaning of a foot sign.
1. End of Trail or Trail to Treasure
Most copies of Yamashita Treasure Signs interprets the foot sign as “End of Trail” or “Trail to Treasure”. It is a very clear meaning telling you that at the end of the trail, that is where the exact location of the hidden object. However, the main issue here is all about the trail. The trail that is being referred here is the “old trail”. Most amateurs actually tends to follow recently made trails that no longer follow the original paths. As a result, they end up digging the wrong spot.
2. Five Steps Away
The JIA did not used exact measurements because that will be time consuming and they were at the brink of being chased by the Allied Forces. They actually used their body parts for estimates such as the number of their steps. Common number of steps used by the JIA are 5, 10, 15 and 20. Five steps is applicable for the foot symbol while the higher number of steps are for those signs with “spokes”.
In order for you to confirm that the sign is interpreted this way, another sign near it must be found particularly a sign that gives direction such as an arrow. Let us assume that you have found an engrave arrow symbol near the foot sign that is pointing towards the East, it means that from that point, you have to do five steps towards the East direction. On that fifth steps, that will be the digging spot unless you discovered another sign that tells you to go to another different direction.
3. Five Feet Depth
The best interpretation for those strange rocks resembling a foot shape that are uncovered under the ground is “five feet depth”. You have to know that it is not really an exact five feet deep. As stated above, the JIA used estimates on their measurements which are not accurate. What they did was that, once they dug a hole having a depth of a height of a man standing then that is considered as five feet deep to them. Thus, it is always a good practice to extend your diggings deeper.
4. Dig at the Center Spot
Another meaning of a buried strange rock that resemble a foot shape is to dig only at the center spot. This is very important because it is actually a warning sign. Digging at the wrong portion can lead into traps being triggered such as water traps, gas and etc… Once the trap is triggered, it may be impossible to recover the treasure.
Aside from giving you the instruction to dig only the middle portion and as a warning sign, it also has a motivational meaning indicating that the treasure is closely buried right under that spot.
Buried Treasure Indicated by a Foot Sign
A foot sign does not only give clues or hints about directions, distances and spots to dig but it also tell something about the hidden treasure. This is the reason why the JIA commonly used this particular sign because it tends to confuse individuals who does not have deep understanding about this symbol.
Those foot signs that are interpreted as “End of Trail/Trail to Treasure” and “Five Steps Away” have small to medium deposits only. Such deposits include old coins, jewelries and gold bars. The best part is that, they are easy to recover. Most of them are buried at a shallow depth while some are simply hidden underneath an old rock or it can also be inside a hole or its large crack. The same applies for old trees specifically an old tree with a large hole. Thus, a good and reliable metal detector does the job a lot much easier.
As for the foot sign that involve serious digging work, it is expected a “volume of hidden deposit”. It contains a large deposit but it is not so easy to recover. Dangerous traps are also cleverly setup which makes it even a bit risky. Other than that, this kind of project requires a large sum of financing and a lot of time to be spent.
Moreover, what I discussed on this post are just still the basic interpretation of a foot sign. As I stated above, it can be interpreted differently when there are other signs near it. The same actually applies for most of the other Yamashita Treasure signs.