You need to know that the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) had often used the symbol of the sun in marking their hidden Yamashita treasures in the Philippines. It is actually an interesting type of marker because it provides the distance and direction of the treasure deposit’s location.
As amateur in the field of hunting the Yamashita treasures, the first step in decoding the Sun as a sign is through these two directions. First is the “East Portion” of your site which is the portion where the sun rises early in the morning. Second is the “West Portion” of your site which is the portion where the sun sets in the afternoon. This can be easily done by using a “magnetic compass”.
Common Sign of Sun Used by the JIA
This is the type of sign that is commonly used by the JIA. If this is the marker that you discovered on your site which simply consisted of a circle with spokes of lines around it, it has something to do with the East direction or where the sun rises early in the morning.
This is another slightly different version of the sign above but with similar meaning. It has a half circle with a few spokes around on its top portion. Based on its looks, it clearly illustrates a rising sun from the horizon.
On the other hand, here is a sign that is almost similar to the above but the only difference is that it has no spokes around it. It actually has no spokes because this sign represents the sun setting down. Thus, it has an opposite meaning which refers to the West direction of the site.
In order for me to properly explain the meaning of a sun as a Yamashita treasure sign, let’s have a simple example.
Let’s say that you discovered this sign of a sun engraved on a surface of a large huge rock.
Since that sign has a complete detailed feature, one of its important meanings is the East direction or the direction where the sun rises early in the morning. If you managed to locate this direction on your site, the next step is to follow this direction starting from the sun marker that you found.
Interpreting the Distance of a Sun Marker
After you identify the direction that you need to follow, the next question is “How about the distance?”.
The most interesting part about the sun used as markers by the JIA is that it has this meaning or confirmation that the treasure deposit is nearby. This means that you no longer need to go into further places because somewhere nearby on that place is the buried item.
Based on my own experiences as a treasure hunter, you can determine that distance through the sun marker’s “spokes”.
But what exactly are these spokes?
Spokes are the small short lines surrounding the circular body of the sun marker. In most cases, the JIA often used 9 spokes but in some other cases, they do not. Thus, it is very important for you to know that the number of the sun’s spoke doesn’t necessarily need to be exactly nine. It can be less or more but it still implies the same length of distance which is 9 spokes.
So what exactly is the equivalent distance of 9 spokes?
9 spokes as a distance used by the JIA has an equivalent of 33 feet (11 yards, or 10.06 meters). This means that 1 spoke is equivalent to about 3 feet or 3.67 feet to be exact.
Now that we know how to determine the distance of a sun marker, we can now locate the top surface of the spot where the item has been buried under.
To complete our example, let’s go back into this illustration. We already know that this sun marker is referring to the East direction or the direction where the sun rises early in the morning. And in addition to this is the 9 spoke distance which has an equivalent of 33 feet.
Starting from the sun marker towards the direction where the sun rises is what you need to travel. The distance that you need to cover is 33 feet. Then, at the end of this distance is your digging spot.
But in some other cases, the treasure deposit can be buried within the covered area of the 33 feet distance. Let’s say that while traveling the 33 feet distance towards the East, you discovered an additional marker at a distance of 20 feet. Assuming that this additional marker is already giving the clue that its location is the exact deposit spot then you no longer need to continue covering the 33 feet distance.
How about this type of sun marker?
This sun marker does vary in appearance as compared to the sign that we used in our example. However, they do exactly have the same meaning or interpretation.
Sun Marker in the Opposite Direction
Let’s proceed to the sun markers which refers to the opposite direction and here is one of them. Whenever you encounter this type of marker, it refers to the West direction or portion of your site. As you can see, the symbol is an illustration of the sun setting down.
In this second example, we are going to follow the West direction or towards the direction of the sunset. And just like the marker in our previous example, we are going to use the 9 spoke distance which has an equivalent distance of 33 feet. Once you manage to reach the end of this distance, this is the spot that you need to dig.
But just like in the previous example, the treasure deposit isn’t always buried by the JIA at the end of the 33 feet distance but it can also be within the covered area.
So let’s assume that at the distance of 20 feet, you have discovered an additional marker which finally confirms that on its spot is the buried item. In this situation, there is no longer any need for you to go any further or to reach the end of the 33 feet distance.
Similar Signs of the Sun Marker
You need to know that there are a few number of other signs that are closely similar to the sun marker but they do have different meanings. Let’s start on this first marker. What do you notice about its similarity as compared to the sun marker?
This sign actually has a meaning which refers to the hidden item that is composed of “unprocessed gold”. If you are going to closely observe the difference, this marker has a small circle body but it has long lines of spoke around it. Sun marker must have a larger circular body and smaller lines of spokes. Or, the length of the spokes must not exceed the diameter length of the circular body of the sun.
How about this sign, what difference do you notice?
If you are going to closely observe, it looks closely similar to the sun marker that we used in our first example but the only difference is that the spokes around it aren’t attached to the body. When it comes to its meaning, it refers to the item deposit which is composed of “glittering diamonds”.
What if the spokes are bent?
The meaning of this sign is exactly the same as the sign above which refers to the treasure deposit that is composed of “glittering diamonds”.
But here is the most important part that you need to know when it comes to this sign. If you notice that the bend spokes aren’t connected to the circle, this maker is a warning sign that a trap is lying ahead.
Other than the marker above, we also have this one. We can notice that this marker consists of spokes arranged in circular form similar to the sun marker. The only difference is that it has no circular body. We also notice that it has a long curve line. This long curve line actually represents a long cable wire that is connected to the trap. So if you happen to recklessly pull or cut this cable wire, this will trigger the trap.
Here is another marker that is almost closely similar to the sun marker. It has a meaning interpreted as “Danger sign” which means that waiting ahead is a dangerous trap. But in comparison to the sun marker, it has an arrowhead symbol connected on one of its spokes. What this arrowhead symbolizes is a “trigger” of the trap. If this sort trigger has been moved or disturbed, this will cause the trap to explode.
How about this sign, is this a sun marker or a flower?
If your answer is “flower” then you are absolutely correct. This is clearly a flower marker and not a sun. We have already covered in the previous post that flower markers are warning signs about dangerous traps.
Confirming the Sun as a Treasure Marker
If this is the type of sun marker that you discovered but you are unsure about it then the best way to confirm it is by studying your site. You need to know that the JIA soldiers often used sun as markers on places where you can clearly and visibly view the sunrise or sunset from the site itself.
So if this is the type of sun marker that you found on your site then you should be able to view right from your site the sun rising early in the morning.
On the other hand, if this is the type of sun marker that you discovered on your site then you should be able to visibly view the sun setting down from your site.