Somebody had asked a question if the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) had used plants in marking their hidden Yamashita treasures. My response is, “Yes”.

It was known that the Japanese soldiers had with them some special kinds of seeds which they took from different parts of the countries that they were able to occupy. Through these foreign types of seeds, they used them as marker by planting them on sites where they had hidden their treasure deposits.

So when the seeds had grown into plants, they are quite different from any other common plants around. Thus, this makes them strange and different because they are meant to be markers indicating that the site is positive.

Based on my own personal experience as a treasure hunter, the Japanese soldiers did not just use one type of plants in marking their treasure deposits. They seem to have gathered different types of seeds that when they grow into plants and bear flowers, they usually have strong or vivid types of colors.

You cannot Easily Get Rid of Plant Markers

One of you guys had asked if the plants used by the Japanese soldiers as markers aren’t easy to get rid of. And my response to this concern is “yes, it’s possible”. Based on my own personal research about the plants used by the Japanese soldiers as markers, they are considered as “wild flowers”.

It isn’t easy to get rid of wild flowers and most species used by the Japanese soldiers were the kinds that can adapt to any kind of new environment. Majority of them have roots that can go deep down the ground which explains the mystery why they don’t easily die. As long the roots remain under the ground, it will continue to re-grow over-and-over again.

Aside from the roots, most species of wild flowers can quickly pollinate where they can expand to different places. Thus, they are more commonly referred to as “invasive types of plants”. So despite their attractiveness as a plant that bears beautiful flowers, they are still considered as invasive or unwanted kinds of plants.

Advantage of Plants as Markers

Wild plants used by the Japanese soldiers in marking their treasure deposits are more effective than any other markers around. As compared to old trees, they can be cut either intentionally by man or nature. As for large rocks, we have already covered about this that rocks do degrade in time. This also goes the same thing with the concrete which results into these markers getting lost at some certain point of time.

But when it comes to these invasive plants used by the Japanese soldiers as markers, they have higher chances of being preserved. As already stated above, they will keep on growing even if someone had cut and cleaned them out from the surface. Unless they are going to use chemicals known as “herbicides”.

Strange Flower Indicate Positive Site

Can you immediately conclude that your site is positive when you find a certain strange plant growing on it?

My response to this question is that, “it isn’t good enough”. It is still much better if you can find some markers or signs around your site. So explore further and when it happens that you managed to discover some legit signs then this is the time that you can consider your site as positive.

Aside from the markers that you can find around your site are the information that you have gathered. This information must have something to do with the JIA and their activities in that particular place. So if they had setup their camps or settled for some certain period of time, there is a high chance that they did buried a treasure deposit.

Location of the Deposit with Plant as Markers

There is a very high chance that the treasure deposit is buried right under the plants. However, you have to consider that this won’t always be the case. The markers that you can find around still holds the most reliable direction in confirming the treasure deposit spot.

But if it happens that you just can’t find any markers around, your best chance is to dig under the plants. The only problem here is that the plants may have already grown thick and spread apart at a wider area. So in this kind of situation, you really have to pin-point the exact original portion where the plant had started to grow. It’s because this is the exact spot that you should dig.

One way to distinguish the original spot is to determine the portion where the plants had grown the thickest. Aside from the plants are their roots. So look for the portion with the thickest plants and roots and that’s going to be your digging spot. 


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