Side of the Tree or Rock Triangle | Yamashita Treasure Codes


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The majority of recovered Yamashita treasures in the Philippines were hidden nearby old trees and rocks. This is the reason why most of the Japanese treasures codes and signs consists of references pertaining to these two common objects.

Why the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) hid most of their war-loot treasures nearby old trees or rocks?

They hid most of their treasures nearby old trees or rocks because these are objects that can “withstand the flow of time”. This makes them the perfect objects for the JIA in marking their signs. Unfortunately, people on this new generation are now endlessly cutting trees and harvesting rocks mostly for construction purposes. Thus, leading to the loss of important signs.

Anyway, aside from the treasures buried nearby old rocks or trees, the JIA also hid them “inside the bodies” of these objects. This ingenious method of hiding really puzzles most amateur THs on how the JIA did it. The JIA actually used some kind of powerful chemicals capable of dissolving various forms of materials.

Treasure Deposit nearby Tree or Rock



Most Yamashita treasure signs pertaining to deposits hidden nearby tree or rocks consist of “triangle symbols”.

Note: In the previous post entitled, Deposit around the Tree… the discussion also covered signs composing of triangle symbols. However, they are only applicable when there are separate trees or rocks around the site that are arranged in “triangular formation”.

Here are some of the following Yamashita treasure signs indicating the presence of hidden deposits nearby a certain tree or rock:



The sign consists of a triangle and a line from the top that goes horizontal then downward vertical at its right side. This means that the item is hidden near a “bended tree”. The bended portion can be the body (trunk) or one of its main branches.


This sign has exact the same meaning above. Although, the symbol consists of a triangle with “emphasis to its top corner”.



This is another sign indicating the presence of the hidden item near the side or corner of a certain tree. The symbol is illustrated by a triangle with horizontal dashed line from the top.



The next sign consist of a triangle with horizontal line at the bottom extending towards its left side. But unlike the three symbols above, this sign specifically refers to the “deposit hidden at the corner of the rock”.



And finally, this sign is applicable for both trees and rocks which literally mean “deposit hidden in the corner”. The dot at the bottom right corner of the triangle represents the buried item.