I have noticed that many of you guys are just new in the field of hunting for the hidden Yamashita treasures. So it came into my own mind that this is probably just the right time for me to share the treasure hunting method that we use. It’s going to be a long topic but let’s discuss them one at time through a series of posts.
In this first part, the process is gathering information about the site with possible hidden treasure deposit. So before we intend to work on a certain site, we really have to conduct a research about it and learn its history particularly at the time of the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) occupation.
It is indeed really hard to find such information especially when you just intend to rely on those that are written in the history books or what you can find here on the internet. So in this kind of situation, what we often do is to socialize with the local residents especially the elderly people. We intend to communicate to them and talk about the events that they’ve seen with their own eyes.
Through all of my experience in doing this, I came to realize that there were so many events that were not written in the history books. Unfortunately, most of the elderly people who witnessed the actual events that occurred during the time of the Japanese Imperial Army were no longer alive today. But don’t you worry because they often passed down their stories to their children and grandchildren.
The information that you need to gather doesn’t really need to be something that is quite interesting such as an encounter between the Allied Forces and Japanese Imperial Army. A simple detail such as a group of Japanese soldiers that passed by or spent their night on the site is already good enough. But it is still better if there is information confirming that they stayed longer on the site since this has a higher possibility that they had hidden a large volume of treasure deposit.
Search for Markers Around the Site
Considering that you have acquired reliable information that a certain group of Japanese soldiers had spent their time on the site, the next step is to search for markers around. What I noticed to most amateurs is that when they find one marker, they will immediately ask for it to be interpreted. This is actually a wrong practice. You need to know that a one single marker often does have general meaning. So you really need more than one marker before you can derive a much clearer definition in trying to pin-point the exact location of the hidden item.
Let’s say for example that you have found an engraved heart sign onto a surface of an old huge rock. If you think that through this one marker alone, you can locate the item, then sad to say that I am unsure about it. Now let’s say that you found another marker which is an arrow sign and it is pointing back into the spot where the heart sign is engraved.
Due to this arrow sign, it is giving importance to the huge rock with the engraved heart. So at this point, there is a much huge possibility that the item is either inside the huge rock or underneath it. In other words, with more markers around, the better you can locate the deposit spot of the item.
Widen Your Search
When searching for markers around, it would be much better if you can explore a wider portion of the site. You need to know that there are situations where there are markers that are really far apart from one another.
There are also markers that are really hard to be seen or noticed. This is the reason we really have to take our time in searching for every possible marker. In one of my own experiences, there is this one situation where we had to climb up to the top of the mountain just to take a good grasp of the view of any possible markers.
Classify Legit Markers
Aside from searching every possible marker, it is also very important that you should be able to classify legit markers that were made and left behind by the Japanese soldiers. Many amateurs are actually having trouble in this aspect which is the main reason that often led into their failure.
So as a piece of advice, take your time in studying the marker that you found. As an amateur, you can take a photo of the marker that you found and when you have the free-time then you can continue trying to analyze it. You can also send it to my eMail and if it happens that it got lucky that I am able to check it then I can confirm it for you.
Sketch Your Site Along with the Markers you Found
As we continue, you should also bring with you a piece of paper and pencil. What you have to do is to draw or sketch your entire site, so as the locations of all the markers that you have found. You do not need to sketch it artistically. What matters most is that you can understand the way how you sketched it. It’s because through your sketch, you will find it a lot much easier to decode the meanings of what all the markers are trying to tell you.
Again, I would like to repeat especially to all complete beginners that markers found on the surface are quite important. It’s because these markers are what dictates or gives instructions as to where you are going to start digging. Although, some of you are complaining that they have sites but their markers no longer exist due to some varied reasons. Don’t you worry because there is still hope for such sites which is another method. Although, this is an advance method which we are going to tackle sometime in the future.