Due to your recent comments, I saw a growing demand of request about how to interpret the meaning of fish signs as Yamashita treasure markers. So finally, here it is.
Before we start with some of the fish signs, I would like to ask you a question. What exactly comes into your mind when you hear or see a fish?
Based on the majority’s feedback, there are two things that immediately come into their mind.
One is “food”. And two, fishes are sea creatures that live or can only survive in the water. So what exactly is the relationship of this to the fish signs?
Let’s first explain the part about the fish being viewed by many as a food. You have to know that aside from the fish, the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) also used other markers that symbolizes edible foods such as pigs, frogs, turtles, carabaos, and etc… When it comes to the Yamashita treasures, markers such as these are a representation of the hidden treasure deposit.
As for the part where fish is viewed as a water creature, the marker is indicating that the location of the hidden item is at a certain water area. In most common cases, these areas can be an old creek, river, waterfalls, or deepwell.
To make it short and simple, fish signs indicate that the treasure deposit is hidden in a place with water. But the next question that you may ask is, “Is it hidden under the water or buried under the ground?”
The answer can be “yes” or “no” because it all depends with the fish sign marker that you have found so as the other additional markers around the site. This part is best explained by discussing some of the fish sign markers.
Before we start with some examples of fish sign markers, I would like to say that fish signs can be compared to arrow signs. The head of the fish symbol can be viewed as an arrowhead pointing to a certain direction.
The only difference between fish signs from the arrow signs is that fish signs intend pin-point location with presence of water. Again, such locations include old creeks, rivers, deep well, and waterfalls.
Pointing Towards the Water Site
As the very first featured fish sign on this post, we simply have here a symbol of an ordinary fish. This is actually one of the most common types of fish sign used by the JIA.
If this is the type of fish sign marker that you found in your site then what you have to do is to follow the direction being indicated by its head. This direction should lead you into a location with a water area.
Let’s say for example that you followed the direction being indicated by the fish sign marker that you found which brought you into a site with an old creek. The next step is for you to carefully inspect the entire area for any additional markers around. Through these additional signs, you should be able to locate the exact digging spot of the buried item.
Treasure Deposit is Hidden at the Curve
How about if this is the type of fish sign that you discovered on your site? Unlike the other sign above, this one has a curve body. So what does it exactly mean?
This fish sign marker is actually a lot more interesting than the previous one. The main reason why this marker has a curved body has something to do with the actual site itself.
Let’s have another example for this particular sign. Assuming that you have found this marker on your site. Just like the previous steps, you followed its indicated direction until you came across an old creek.
Now, pay close attention to this part. The curve body of the fish actually illustrates the part of the creek where it has a curve portion. It’s because at this curve portion of the old creek, this is the part where the item is hidden.
Your follow up question might be, “At which side of the creek is the item hidden?”
To answer this question, this is actually the reason why the JIA soldiers often use dots as an additional symbol to represent the item deposit. So in most cases, the fish sign that you will most likely encounter is accompanied by a dot similar to what is shown in this image.
However, if the fish sign that you discovered really does not have any dots around it then it is best to assume that the item is at the outside portion of the curve. But before you come up into this decision, it is still best to check both opposite sides of the curve. Try searching for markers which could help in confirming the correct side.
Underwater Treasure Deposit with Trap
Shown in this next image is another fish sign which is pointing directly at a downward direction. So is it still trying to say that you should look for a site with a water area?
To best explain this sign, let’s have an example. Let’s say that you dug a hole and you found this marker engraved onto the surface of a rock. Since it is pointing downward like an arrow sign, it actually has a good meaning.
It indicates that you should continue digging downwards where it should lead you into the treasure deposit. However, you need to be extra careful because there is a trap involved that is waiting ahead. If you carelessly triggered this trap then recovering the item will become impossible to be recovered.
If you are a long time loyal reader of my blog then you are probably already aware about this kind of trap. But for those who are new here, this is actually the “water traps”. This topic has already been covered in the previous post so I suggest that you should go read it as well.
Object is Underneath
There can also be some situation where you may encounter fish signs that are composed of more than one fish symbol. Interpreting them can be quite complicated because the positions or arrangement of the fishes influences their meanings.
We have here a fish sign that is composed of two fish symbols. If you are going to take a close look, both of their heads meet together on one spot. Anyway, it is best to interpret this marker by imagining the fishes as arrow signs.
You may probably think of it this way.
However, this fish sign is best interpreted as completely similar to an “arrowhead”. Thus, it is pointing into the digging spot which is the good part. But the bad part is that the item is under the water.
You have to know that when it comes to markers that are composed of more than one fish symbol, chances are, the items are under the water.