When it comes to old trees used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) soldiers as markers to their hidden Yamashita treasures, not many treasure hunters are aware about their branches giving clues to the exact location of the hidden treasure deposit.
We have already covered in the other previous posts that common markers on old trees do include engrave signs and embedded objects like old nails and bullets. But apart from them, it is very important that you should also analyze the shape of the old tree, its branches, and check its entire figure.
As for the branches of the old tree marker, you should pay attention to its branches, particularly the largest one. Now, the main secret in interpreting it is to analyze the way it forms and follow the direction where its end is pointing at.
Let’s say for example that the old tree marker that you found on your site has one large branch that is extending itself straight similar to this illustration below, it means that the treasure deposit is hidden from a far distance.
Just like the way old nails are interpreted, you have to follow the direction of its end. Follow it until you should be able to find the next marker.
If the branch is somewhat bent then this has a much better meaning as compared to the straight one. What it means is that the treasure deposit is buried right underneath this particular branch. In short, underneath this branch is your digging spot.
I actually did know a Japanese Imperial Army General before who told me that they often bend the branches of the trees they used as markers. Of course, they bent them in a way that the branches still continued to grow but on the direction that they intended.
In some cases, the JIA soldiers had also embedded foreign objects on the branches of the old tree marker. This confirms that the branch indicates an important clue to the location of the hidden item. Based on one of my experiences as a treasure hunter, I have already recovered old coins and small-sized gold bars as give-away markers.
What if the old tree marker on your site has two branches that are bent downward?
If this is the case then you should be happy because there are two separate treasure deposits. These two separate treasure deposits are buried right underneath the two branches of the old tree marker.
How about if the branch of the old tree marker had been cut a long time ago?
It’s still easy to determine if an old tree has a branch that has been cut. You can easily distinguish it by simply taking a close look at the old tree’s body. And when you find the portion, you can still use it as a basis. However, you have to perform a few trial-and-errors to find the exact digging spot of the buried item.