The Risk of Digging Japanese Treasures

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Philippines is an agricultural country rich in natural resources with the majority of people planting crops as their primary method of livelihood. However, many Filipinos seem to have already forgotten the mystery of hidden Japanese treasures in their country. Most of them including the government even often dismiss the existence of the Japanese treasures as a mere legend or myth.

Most Japanese treasures that were actually hidden in the Philippines includes valuable golden Buddhas, gold bars, jewelries and antiques. Can you just imagine yourself being able to recover any of these items? It would really be a "life-changing" achievement.

But to tell you, treasure hunting isn't an easy type of activity it's because it requires a lot of preparation such as the following:

- Calculating your budget
- Tools and equipment
- Recruiting trusted members
- Permissions to the land owners

Aside from the preparations, the most important part that you need to keep in mind are the risks of digging Japanese treasures. You have to know that the Japanese Imperial Army didn't just buried or hid their treasures in a way that they can be easily recovered. Large deposits were the once that are often equipped with dangerous traps such as poisonous gas, chemicals and vintage bombs.

How to Avoid the Risk of Digging Japanese Treasures


In order for you to avoid the risk of digging Japanese treasures, you have to rely on your tools and equipment. What are these tools and equipment?

1. Metal Detectors

- The purpose of metal detectors isn't just actually for detecting the hidden deposit of your hunting ground but to detect vintage bombs setup as traps. Thus, if it happens that your metal detector had detected something then don't get aggressive to uncover it right away. You have to take caution because of the risk that it can be an active vintage bomb.

2. Gloves and Boots

- The soil can be contaminated with poisonous chemical substance. A contaminated soil often emit strong odor which can either be a good or bad smell. And if you are digging with your bare hand and foot in which you made direct contact to the contaminated soil, you will surely suffer the symptoms which are commonly itchiness and dizziness. If the symptoms continuous, you will be paralyzed then followed by death. As they say, it's a very slow process of dying.

3. Gas Mask

- Deadly gas can be encountered at a deep portion underground. There were already numerous reports of individuals who were unfortunately killed by this deadly gas particularly miners. Due to this reason, it is advised that you need to wear a gas mask when you have reached a very deep depth of your diggings.

Gas Mask

Other than the traps that were intentionally setup by the Japanese soldiers, you also need to be aware of natural causes. An unexpected earth-quake aftershocks might occur causing the walls of the hole you dug to collapse. If not, rocks from above could fall right into the hole and accidentally hit the diggers inside. In addition to sudden earth-quake aftershocks are heavy rains or thunderstorms. It's best to stop your operation once you notice that this natural event is about to occur.

You might also encounter reptiles particularly snakes. There are many varieties of snakes but most of them are poisonous. Just to let you know, snakes in the Philippines prefers to live inside holes and cracks underground. Thus, there are some good chances that you may come across on one of them.

Moreover, you should always be prepared with the risks of digging Japanese treasures because it's a part of the activity that can never be avoided. If you do not want to risk yourself into such kind of dangerous situation then it only means that treasure hunting activity is not for you.