In most cases, the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) soldiers often hid their Yamashita treasures right under the sign or marker that they had left behind as clues. However, this is not always the case. It’s because the JIA soldiers had also commonly hid their treasures right on the side or certain corner. This is often the case when the treasure deposit is hidden on a location with old huge rocks or trees.
Basing it on my personal experience as a treasure hunter, majority of treasure deposits that we had uncovered from an old tree was hidden or buried somewhere on the side. As a common question by many amateur treasures, “Where exactly at the side of the old tree do you dig?” Well, it’s simple. You need to look for signs or markers around particularly on the body of the old tree itself. When it comes to old trees, the JIA soldiers had commonly used foreign objects where they embedded them on the old tree. Such foreign objects include large nails, rods, pipes, ammunition, and etc…
Side of an Old Tree
In one of our projects in the past, we had discovered a huge and old mango tree. On it, we found an embedded large old nail which had a size of about 6 to 8 inches in length and a thickness of about 1 to 1.5 cm. But when we found it, only 2 inches was visible from the surface of the old tree. The tree had probably grown larger in size where it had engulfed more portion of the nail. On some other cases, I already encountered nails as markers that were completely engulfed by the body of the tree. Anyway, you can easily find them by using a metal detector particularly a “pin-pointer”.
Going back to the 2 inches old nail, we chopped a layer portion of the tree to make half of the old nail more visible. As a result, the old nail was bent slightly at a downward direction. By using a long string of wire, we attached it at the tip or head of the old nail and then we pull the other end of the nail towards the direction being pointed by the nail. In case you do not know, old nails are commonly interpreted to give directions.
The other end of the string landed on the spot which was 10 ft away from the old tree. This spot was the portion that we dug.
Side of an Old Huge Rock
The JIA soldiers commonly left signs or markers on huge old rocks by engraving symbols on their surfaces. In relation to this topic, there are actually several signs which confirm that the treasure deposit is hidden on the side. But on this post, we are only going to cover one of them which is this sign shown on the illustration below.
Recently, I had received some photos sent to me by a group of amateur treasure hunters. The engrave sign that they had shown me exactly look like this one. Thus, I decided to write a post about it to better explain its meaning.
So what do you notice on the figure of this sign? Is it a Kanji symbol? To make it more revealing, let’s try to add some additional sketches. Now, what do you see? Yes, the figure turned into some kind of a bird creature.
If you want to ask what type or specie is it then I do not know. Anyway, what’s more important is its meaning which means, “Treasure Hidden on this Side”. Basically, it means that you look or search for the treasure somewhere on the side. So you might ask the question, “Which side?” To answer this question, look closely and observe the head of the bird then follow the direction being pointed by the tip of its beak.
You next question is probably, “At what distance?” Let’s go back to the meaning of this sign and I want you to take note of the words “on this side”. It is literally referring to the huge rock itself as the location. Thus, there is no need for you to know the distance because it is completely understood that the side being referred is right exactly at the edge portion of the old rock.
This illustration is a complete example about what I mean.
Base on my other experiences with regards to this particular sign, I noticed that it is more commonly paired with other common signs such as dots, hearts, arrows, and etc… The best sign paired on this sign are the dot or X especially when they are placed exactly at the tip of the beak. It’s because the dot or X actually gives more confirmation that hidden on that spot is a sure deposit. Without the dot or X, you have to know that you may encounter a sign indicating a “change of direction”.
Moreover, another interesting situation where I encountered this type of sign was when it was paired with multiple dots. I already have a discussion about the meaning of multiple dots, so if you have not read it yet then you should read it perhaps after you are done with this post.
The multiple dots paired on the sign that I found referred to distance. It was composed of 10 dots aligned on a straight going towards the direction indicated by the beak. Since there were 10 dots, we dug 10 feet away from the huge rock towards the direction hinted by the bird sign. And at that spot, we dug it.
Overall, if you happen to encounter this bird like figure Yamashita treasure then you should be happy because of these three reasons. One, it confirms that you location is “positive” with hidden Yamashita treasure deposit. Two, it gives an interesting clue that the item is hidden nearby its location. And three, if gives you the exact spot where you should dig to uncover the buried object. Thus, you may consider yourself lucky if found this particular sign around your site.