Meaning of the Colors of the Yamashita Old Bottles

You may have already uncovered old bottles used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) soldiers as signs or markers to their hidden Yamashita treasures where they have different types of colors.

One among you guys have actually shared a very interesting and valuable information about the meaning of these old bottles through their colors in relation to the volume of the treasure deposit.

I think that he deserves the credit for this information so I tried asking his permission if he wants his name included in this post. However, he refused which I do understand which is probably due to privacy reasons.

When I tried to analyze the information that he provided by confirming it through all of my treasure hunting experiences related to old bottles, this is the only time that I came to realize that it’s legit info. So this got me interested to share it to all of you guys through this post.

Before I share this valuable information, may I ask the different colors of bottles that you have already uncovered in your diggings?

If you ask me, I have already encountered old bottles that with colors that are;

  • White or colorless
  • Green
  • Brown
  • Violet
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Yellow

Among them, the most common type of colors are the white or colorless, green, and brown bottles. While, rare bottles have colors which are violet, blue, pink and yellow.

Now, here is that part of the discussion that you have been waiting for.

Green and White Bottles – Small Deposits

If you are recovering a lot of green and white bottles in your excavation site, chances are, you are dealing with a small hidden treasure deposit.

In some cases, you will recover purely green color bottles or white bottles all the way down to the hidden item. However, it is more often a mixture of both.

Brown and Violet Bottles – Medium Deposit

Just like the white or colorless bottles, brown is also a very common type of color of old bottles used by the JIA soldiers as markers. Anyway, if the majority of the old bottles that you are recovering do have brown colors with some mixture of violet colors, then you are dealing with medium treasure deposit.

All Rare Colored Bottles – Big Deposit

Rare colored bottles are the best type of objects when you recover them in your excavation site. It’s because they are indicating that you are dealing with a big or large treasure deposit. Unlike the previous common bottles, you only need a few of these rare colored bottles to confirm the volume of the deposit.

Meaning of Broken Bottles as Yamashita Treasure Markers

Aside from the different colors of old bottles used as markers, let’s also add the topic in this post about the meaning of broken pieces of old bottles. 

I am aware that many of you guys have encountered broken pieces of old bottles and they were wondering about what they mean. But before we start discussing the meaning, I would first like to share with you a simple and short story that has some relation to this particular type of marker.

Our story starts with two characters who were brothers who wanted to explore a certain old tunnel found in their place. They were quite curious to know what’s inside the tunnel and how it looks from the inside. Thus, they bravely entered the tunnel and started exploring around.

The younger one was holding a bag of boiled raw peanuts and he was eating them as they were traveling around.

After a few hours of walking, the eldest one had finally decided that they should go back. But when they turned around to go back, they found themselves confused about which passage they originally came from. In short, they got lost.

Instead of panicking, the eldest brother noticed the scattered pieces of trash which were the coatings of the boiled raw peanut being eaten by his young sibling. This gave him the idea on how to find their way out. They carefully followed the peanut coatings until they successfully made it out.

According to my Japanese General friend whom I already mentioned several times here in my blog, they applied the same trick taken from this short story. In one of their treasure deposits that they had hidden, they dug a hole or tunnel that goes around in random direction under the ground. At the very end, they properly placed their treasure and left it behind.

As they left the treasure spot, the broken pieces of bottles came into play. They actually scattered them on their way back out from the surface. Then they covered the entire tunnel by applying a small amount of explo sive.

Many years later, my Japanese friend came back to the location in order to retrieve their treasure deposit. But this time, he was along with a group of Filipino treasure hunters.

When they found the digging spot and recovered the broken pieces of bottles, the rest of the job was simply to dig and follow the broken pieces of bottles until they arrived at the location of the treasure deposit.

It really made me laugh when my old Japanese friend claimed that this method of using broken pieces of bottles were for those lazy soldiers to carve or engrave their treasure signs. However, it is indeed quite effective that many amateur treasure hunters and even some claimed experienced treasure hunters do often fail to interpret it.

Broken Bottles also often Indicate Change of Direction

Let’s assume that you are digging a certain spot and you have recovered broken pieces of bottles. As you go down deeper, you keep on getting broken pieces of bottles. Then at a certain depth, the broken pieces of bottles are suddenly gone.

At this point, what you have to do is to check the corners or sides because there could be a potential “change of direction”. Try expanding or widening all corners and if it happens that you recovered broken pieces of bottles on one of the sides, you should continue your diggings on that portion.

Aside from broken pieces of bottle, another object used by the JIA soldiers are broken pieces of old pottery. So when you happen to come across these objects, follow them the same way as the old broken pieces of bottles. Unless, the broken pot has been reshaped into certain figures such as triangle, square, circle, and etc…

Moreover, whenever it comes to old bottles used as markers, you need to be careful about poison or contaminated layers of ground. You have to know that when you get cut by those sharp broken bottles, the chemicals from the contaminated soil can easily get into your bloodstream which is not good. So if you have protective gears such as gloves and boots, then you should always wear them while digging.

View Comments (4)

  • Anonymous says:

    Hello Sir, kindly help us. We found 3 big rocks in the mountain forming triangle. The rocks is made by man because its like a mix gravel sand. What does it mean Sir? because why they are forming that rock in the forest? Thanks and GODBLESS

    • Try digging at the center of those three triangles until 5 ft. At this depth, you should be able to recover a certain marker but if there is none then try digging the other three corners of the rocks with the same depth and look for markers.

  • Anonymous says:

    Good day sir,
    Appreciate much if you can you help me decipher the meaning of this markers that engraved in both sides of the split stone where it breaks. It looks like question mark, an underscore and a heart arranged in column. On the other side there is a rectangle with a tail that resemble a letter L attached to upper end corner of rectangle. Below it is letter D facing down. This stone is about 100 meters from Japanese bunker.

    Thanks and regards,

    • There is a huge possibility that this is an inside rock treasure deposit or under the rock deposit because of those markers that you have found. Base on my personal analysis about the overall interpretation of your markers, you best digging spot is at the corner or side of the rectangle with a tail.

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