If one wished to find the most special place in Japan's ancient history it would be the Yamato Sanzan - the 3 sacred hills of Yamato shown above, near the metropolis of Osaka. This is where my research concerning the country led me while looking for the ultimate clues of an ancient star map found all over the world. (source)

On this page I proceed step by step listing each clue and find leading up to the final conclusion – something that is identical to the hidden history of other civilizations.

According to Japan's collection of the legendary ancient events, the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki the first great leader of the country, Emperor Jimmu who directly descended from the Sun Goddess Amaterasu took part in an 'Exodus' similar to the ancient story of Moses. Just like in the Biblical tale a divine object or creature led the migration to their new home. In Moses' story it was a huge fiery pillar in which 'God' was seated, in Jimmu's tale a huge three-legged 'crow' sent by the solar Goddess. After battles and fights the people reached Yamato and founded the new empire and administrative center. (source) It was there where Japan's most ancient capitals were built, one the 'Fujiwara-Kyo', the palace of which stood in the near-symmetrical center of the 3 HILLS and the greater city encompassed all the sacred three. The remains of the core temples were marked with a yellow hue on the above graphic. (source) (Kojiki online)


Taking a look at the greater region of the Yamato Hills reveals even more. It appears the area of the hills had been, in fact, so important that it was there where Japan's earliest keyhole-shaped tombs, known as the keyhole kofuns were built, just to the northeast of the site. (source)

But it was also not far away where the biggest of all keyhole mounds was built visible even from very high altitudes, the Daisen Kofun near the ports of Osaka which marks a high concentration of other kofuns of various size and orientation.

Which makes the site of Yamato Sanzan even more intriguing is the special area to the south of it where one finds some of the most enigmatic and curious-looking megaliths of the country. (source) Indeed, the region of Yamato and Nara (ancient Asuka) hold the greatest number of world heritage sites suggesting something very important in this region. Not only the strange megaliths make it unique but mounds like the Kitora Kofun which displays a precise star chart on the ceiling, its star layout apparently dating it much earlier than the age of the mound, something to be discussed later.

The later royal class of Osaka and the empires in general perhaps had been inspired to copy the earlier megalithic sites or 'even had divine help from the gods' as in the more ancient times to build similar fortresses. Such is the foundation of Osaka's grandiose castle. (source)

The oldest, the biggest, the first... such majestic titles in a single region. And there's more to come. Near the 3 hills we find Mount Miwa, a very sacred place also celebrated as the birthplace of Shinto, Japan's original belief system centered on Kamis - 'nature spirits' but as we'll see there might have been more to them than 'spiritual essence'.


In order to understand Japan's secret we have to adapt a global understanding of cultures. In his research, Wayne Herschel - author of the book the Hidden Records and who first discovered the commonly found star map (to come), he and other writers found there exists a profound connection between the symbols and iconography of civilizations. In light of the evidence many researchers suggested these people have been taught by the same 'gods' or visitors from the stars and their once advanced global culture had been lost but some were able to pass on bits of knowledge.

The Kitora mound is important because of its well preserved beautiful star chart with the stars laid out as golden circles but it also reveals two great secrets for the initiated eyes.

First, the chart seen in full HERE depicts the seven star cluster of the Pleiades much larger than it actually appears in the sky. On the above insert, hourglass-shaped Orion on the right is followed by Taurus, the bull constellation and Pleiades in bottom left. Just like elsewhere in the world it came to be known as 'seven stars'. Enlarging the Pleiades to show its importance is something found by Wayne in his research concerning Ancient Egypt. It's as if it were an instructional tool to help locate it in the night sky, maybe for a more profound reason than its annual risings helping the agricultural cycle.

Second, according to scholars, the map depicts the sky as it would have looked like around 65 BC - some 700 years before the mound was built! It certainly doesn't make sense unless it was a copy of an earlier, borrowed chart for example from China (as historians believe) OR it intentionally recorded an ancient date to suggest something special occurred in that time - what I believe. (source)

Amazingly, nearby Korea's legends record a date, 67 BC as the time when a supernatural event occurred and it might have had to do with the 'descent of the gods' to Yamato in Japan as well - the visitation of the 'gods' or Kamis at multiple places. Page Korea covers the story how the first king of their Silla Empire arrived as a child from the sky by a shining egg through a lightning bolt and a floating white horse founding the kingdom in a city where a star map made up of mounds stands surrounded by a giant crescent monument and it appears to speak of the stars he was sent from.


The star map below is the BLUEPRINT all ancient star maps around the world appear to speak of by placing seven or so sacred monuments in a cluster and 3 other special monuments laid out in a triangle pattern around it. The same theme appears on numerous murals, artifacts and visual depictions too, its message first derived by Wayne who proposed the Ancients venerated 3 stars like our sun in the vicinity of the Pleiades, something that established the later (solar) trinity worship in various cultures.

The 3 stars were catalogued as the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary in the sequence of importance. While most Western cultures favored the Primary star in the maps, Eastern cultures like Korean and Chinese appear to have chosen the Secondary and Tertiary stars as their and their 'gods' ultimate place of origin.


The 3 hills of Yamato is the legendary dwelling place of the gods after Emperor Jimmu's appearance and his descent from Amaterasu. Actually, one of the hills - Unebi - bears a number of very significant kofuns at its foot and these have been known as the symbolic tombs of Japan's first emperors, including Jimmu. The artificial kofuns, together with Unebi convincingly copy the Pleiades. (source) (source)

In agreement with the historians the literal 'tomb' interpretation may merely be symbolic - I propose symbolic of the lineage from a certain place of the cosmos that is home to the bloodline of the emperors and all mankind - The 3 hills naturally mimic the position of the 3 suns as sacred landscape features. Choosing landscape monuments, especially hills or mountains was favored by the Japanese and Mesoamerican cultures too, and it was discovered that astronomical alignments and the (dis)appearance of certain stars were part of this connection. (As an example the Devils' Tower in Wyoming is associated with the Pleiades!)

There's further evidence that the hills were associated with the cosmos. The Kagu hill which was deemed the most sacred one was 'of the heaven'. It also suggests that for the Japanese the Secondary star the hill correlated with was the most important sun star, similarly to the Korean and Chinese accounts where I identified the veneration of the same Secondary star in place of the Primary one. Just like in Japan, in Korea's star map the mythical king who descended by the shining egg was (symbolically) buried in one of the mounds, probably for the same reason I suggested above.

Records also state that there once stood more than 70 temples adorning the area of Unebi hill and the imperial kofuns making it an even denser cluster of monuments which adds to the Pleiades reasoning as a compact cluster of stars.


Right at the 3 hills we find Mount Miwa, the very sacred mountain mentioned before.

What may intrigue one is why they chose that mountain and why is it associated with Shinto and Kami worship. Miwa lies in a general eastern direction and as such stars rise 'behind' it from the perspective of the Yamato hills.

One standing on the tallest of the 3 hills, Unebi facing Miwa would witness a magnificent view of the sacred area. Mt Miwa naturally lies in the center between the two other hills and at the end of the axis connecting Unebi and the former palace (yellow line) - perhaps a clue that the royal palace was built there for this reason. From this spot the Pleiades rises exactly above Mt Miwa and on a special day of the year our Sun rises just above the mountain too - this day would be around the 7th of July.
(The above graphic is a combined image that shows both Pleiades and our Sun rising at the same spot with an interval.)

Is it a coincidence that there exists an ancient 'star festival' in Japan called Tanabata which literally means "Evening of the Seventh" and traditionally took place on the 7th day of the 7th month? A lot of obsession with number 7 one would say. (The festival exists in China too and I believe for the same reason incorporating landscape monuments.) (source) Number seven is universally sacred in almost every culture and research suggests it all relates to the Pleiades. Authors Wayne Herschel, Leonard Farra and Munya Andrews all agree. It is not a coincidence either that Japanese tales mention 7 Lucky Gods of good fortune and that 'Subaru' denotes the 7 stars too.

I believe the reason for Mt Miwa being sacred had to do with this astronomical feature - if true that would make it the mountain of Pleiades and shed new light on the Kami association.  If one is to accept that Kami veneration might have evolved from actual sightings of visitors from space (as happened elsewhere) who had technology that seemed 'miraculous' to the untrained eyes then it probably means they came from the area of the 7 stars hence the association and nearby star map on the ground.

The Japanese scriptures also mention strange tales of 'divine births' that happened at or near this mountain, more on that aspect later.


The ultimate shrine that represents the sacred background of Mt Miwa is called Omiwa Jinja and lies at the foot of the mountain. It is very old, was already sacred by the first century BC and has been home to some of the earliest 'religious' traditions in Japan. It is there where one finds a very interesting symbol and its recorded usage goes back to the 12th century - The so-called Borromean rings or three golden rings, seen on the insert image above. (source)

The amazing connection here is that the written form of the name Mi-Wa also means 'THREE RINGS'. Both the name of the mount and the dedicated symbol is in tune with the 3 sun theme found in the Yamato star map! (ref I, ref II) In fact, Christianity used a nearly identical symbol for its own version of the star trinity called Triquetra to celebrate 3 circular suns in the heavens as Wayne pointed it out.

Mentioned before, the nearby region houses enigmatic and meticulously carved giant megaliths like the Masuda No Iwafune (in the bamboo forest above) or the Ishibutai kofun (not pictured). Some of these creations are said to be tombs but I find that an excuse since no one really knows why they were created. However there may be a straightforward explanation, a star visitor with technology might have been advanced enough to create such marvels for unknown purpose, after all the Kamis were frequent visitors to this exact area.

The other image depicts the walls of the Osaka castle, also megalithic in nature and with a polygonal structure.


If one is to explore the paintings inside kofuns the best place in Japan would be the island of Kyushu where remains of the paint were greatly preserved and the scenes recreated according to the original mural.

Such is the Chibusan mound which features a stunning mural with 7 orbs (in the sky) above a horned figure with hands pointing upwards (Orans gesture). The inclusion of 7 orbs matches the Mesopotamian theme where the Pleiades had been a constant element associated with the gods. As Wayne found they also revered a star or stars near the Pleiades cluster. A specialty of the paintings is that many include checkered patterns or upward and downward facing triangles in an ordered way, often black and white. This will be reasoned at the end of the article.

Note the detail placed between the horns of the figure, something resembling a keyhole shape. I believe it is a star with beam of light celebrated near the Pleiades matching the star map message. A native Indonesian people the Toraja from Sulawesi produce identical designs of a star with ray placed between a bull's horns and they say they arrived to Earth from the area of the seven stars (!) (source)

Such a tiny detail yet it's able to reason a whole chapter in Japan's history... the keyhole shaped kofuns.


Speaking of the star and horn aspect, the ancient world had been obsessed with having horned gods holding a sun or star between the horns. It was present in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, Scandinavia, Africa and even the Far East and the Americas as it probably all relates to the veneration of suns in constellation Taurus - yes, at the Pleiades. (source - page Denmark)

The star cluster is found on the back of the cosmic bull or cow and this is where Egyptians placed the keyhole-shaped Menat symbol with a star in it.

When it comes to Japan, it was not alone in creating giant keyhole monuments facing the sky like a message to the gods. Such creations were found in the deserts of Saudi Arabia (figure 7) too and some included steps creating a ladder effect. This will be very important in later reasoning as it tells of a cosmic ladder to that star or stars near the Pleiades - connection between our worlds. Unlike the legendary imperial kofuns many of the keyhole mounds probably served as real burials and I believe it was part of a spiritual 'plan' for the soul of the deceased to return to the stars of origins hence the tomb design.

(Alternatively, using these stone monuments, some might have been able to induce spiritual journeys to the cosmic address in their life as part of an 'out of body' experience claimed by several cultures, as in the Shamanic traditions.)


The above one is another kofun from Kyushu. Once again, it shows 7 orbs (black edged) with 7 'tools' or objects. The general layout kind of resembles the 7 of the Pleiades and there's a strange 'orange smoke' coming from the orb on the right. I suggest this may be a directional pointer to find the Primary (and Secondary) stars in relation to the Pleiades.

Such way pointers were drawn in other cultures too, in fact Wayne shows how one of the most important murals of Ancient Egypt uses exactly this kind of symbolism but it appears so does the +10,000 year old cave of Lascaux which has the star maps with bulls painted on its walls in a similar way. It acts like an instructional tool for one to find the 'x' stars invisible to naked eye.

Note the extra small orb in the black triangle facing down which may be one of the three tiny sun stars.


The third mural from Kyushu - this one tells even more. It actually has the 7 larger orbs (as concentric and spiral versions) accompanied by 3 tiny orbs just like the 3 tiny suns on the right, two of which have the proposed beam of light ladder coming down from them.

The mural also shows what appear to be cosmic ships with occupants and visitors coming from the stars drawn just like on the Scandinavian rock paintings or the Egyptian murals. The figures hold their arm upward just like on the earlier mural and resemble the ankhs of Ancient Egypt.

Magenta lines have been added by me to show the similarity of the layout to the Pleiades and the so-called LEG OF THE BULL symbol.

The bull's thigh or leg plays a major part in Wayne's research. Contrary to the academic stance he provides proof this Ancient Egyptian glyph never represented the Big Dipper but Pleiades instead hence it is a BULL's leg as the star cluster resides in Taurus. The bull's leg had been one of the most important symbols in Egypt's life and there's a whole page dedicated to it HERE. But it's something found outside of Egypt too - it found its way in the cult of Mithras and old Eastern European crests too, associated with stars. (source) The need to introduce it is because of the following story.


The story of the 'Hollow ship' or Utsuro Bune is perhaps one of the best known ancient Japanese stories when it comes to otherworldly visitors. The graphic above was pieced together by me based on 5 historical drawings of the bowl shaped special ship that was found washed ashore in the ancient past. While the location of the event is not certain what is known is that a lady emerged from it. According to some of the descriptions she had strange features not considered ethnic Japanese like red hair and eyebrows with white parts in it and a very fair skin complexion. She spoke a language the locals couldn't understand and also held a box no one was allowed to touch. Several other objects were spotted inside the craft too.  (source) (source)

What stands out special in the story which is just like an UFO encounter of the human kind (!) is that the manuscripts vaguely recorded unknown glyphs seen inside the ship. While many are aware of the symbols included in the bottom left column (above) a NEWLY recovered document showed new signs that were omitted from the others - these were included in the upper left column inside a square just like they appeared in the document. Contrary to the others which record the ship eventually departed, this new document mentions that she survived for 5 days as she did not accept the offered food and left the glyphs in the square as a testament. (source) (source)

Amazingly, several glyphs DO match another, much more recent account, that of Jim Penniston who witnessed an otherworldly craft with nearly identical symbols in the Rendlesham Forest, UK back in 1980 during his years in the military. See a reconstructed image of his drawings HERE, the triangle with (3) orbs, the double-sided E and more importantly the LEG looking symbol are all there.

I believe the 'testament' the special lady left was, in fact, a message for us to decipher and remind us the ancient universal symbols that spoke of the place of origin - both hers and humanity. Note how the LEG shaped symbol was filled with several smaller orbs which probably denote stars. If the interpretation is right it possibly speaks of the Pleiades as the leg of the bull symbol and the 3 suns as a solar trinity triangle. Note the inclusion of a cross too, this will be relevant towards the end of the article.

Was she a real KAMI, visitor from the stars and was the event an isolated case of 'otherworldly' visitation? The following gives a hint at the question.


If one delves in the old literature of Japan real gems surface that suggest visitors have been around for much time and they meddled in human affairs. While many of these tales are dismissed as legendary fiction, I tend to believe all accounts have a grain of truth to them and especially if tales like the following folktales are compared globally as there are startling similarities between the 'supernatural' sagas of ancient cultures.

One of Japan's oldest folktales is about a princess called Kaguya. It tells about a man called Taketori no Okina who, on his way to harvest bamboos in the nearby forest, found a baby girl inside a 'glowing, transparent stalk of bamboo'. As he and his wife didn't have a child they adopted the girl who grew into a beautiful lady. She later had several suitors including the emperor but after a deepening depression she revealed she was not of this world but another place (the saga calls it the Moon but was it a planet it was actually referring to?). She eventually had to return to her people of the sky who took her one night paralyzing all the soldiers who were meant to stop the event (a phenomenon often mentioned in modern encounters). (source)

Just like the lady of the hollow boat, during her departure Kaguya was seen holding a box which contained a 'magical' potion and robe.

And where did this happen? - Historians are not entirely sure but the name Taketori is an actual village... right at the YAMATO SANZAN, the 3 hills and is considered a possible location! - The crest of the village shows a triple ring too. (source)

But just what would the bamboo signify here, shining and transparent? One has to read about the origin stories of Native Americans as their content is essentially identical. People like the Navajo claim that during the previous ages of humanity it was a 'hollow reed or bamboo' conduit, like a wormhole that transported them from one world to the other and the people of old mastered the use of the Flying shields they used as vehicles until the epoch ended after a majestic calamity. Flying shields... perhaps a much better synonym than the one we use today, the flying saucer. (source) (source)


When it comes to children gifted from the star people we once again need to have a closer look at Mount Miwa right at the 3 hills as it seems that star map area is indeed the genesis region of Japan. Mt Miwa that I previously suggested was associated with the Pleiades is known for several strange events where Kamis appeared to earthlings.

Two tales, recorded in the Kojiki, mention VIRGIN ladies who bore children. Both have been visited by unknown handsome men. The lady Ikutama yori-hime was visited during many nights and when she tried to trace the origin of the fine youth she realized the steps led to a sanctuary on Miwa. The other, Seya-datara was sitting on the toilet when a strange arrow poked her that turned itself into a man. (source)

But the story of Princess Peony also records a glimmering handsome visitor who somehow found his way inside the guarded castle and was able to disappear in a moment. When the palace guards tried to capture him he produced a 'wet steam'. (source)

If it was not a 'virgin' birth with the help of a male Kami, then, as in the case of Princess Kaguya from the shining bamboo, children were found in mysterious objects like the story of Momotaro - a boy found in a 'giant peach'.

Such stories are ABUNDANT in the old world. In Korea this is how the first king arrived as a child in a shining egg, his wife too through a 'dragon' and the king fathered the Pak lineage, today a frequent Korean surname. In Mongolia, Genghis Khan's ancient relative, Alan Gua or Alan the beautiful also bore sons from a glittering visitor who entered her yurt in the night. Needless to say it is also the story of the Christ, as a baby born to a 'virgin' woman.

This phenomenon is something going on today as well - there exist famous reports around the world which claim visitors from the stars appear to certain people and explain their mission to mingle in the society as part of a greater cosmic plan. See the case of Antonio Vilas Boas from Brazil, Peter Khoury from Australia and Meng Zhaoguo from China.


The veneration of three hills is not restricted to Japan. Ancient Babylon was surrounded by three giant circular ziggurat hills placed in a near perfect triangle with the clustered temples of Babylon at the foot of one of the hills - a pattern now familiar from Japan as Babylon displayed the same sacred star map blueprint. A whole page was dedicated to the ancient Mesopotamian center on Wayne's site HERE.

But the triple hill is something we find in Europe too, at the Olivetan order for an example. Their trio of hills is topped by a cross too merging it with Christianity in a way.

Some Tarot cards like the one above from earlier times shows an identical knowledge too and the three hills come with a blazing sun above them, plus the cross. What makes the old Tarot depiction special is the CHECKERED FLOOR with black and white tiles - something seen in Japan's painted kofuns earlier on this page. This is huge... it places the three hills like markers on a specific geometric pedestal. This tradition is IDENTICAL to the Freemasonic version and Wayne was lucky to find that the original Masonic tracing board (a instructional board for the initiate, so to speak) contained the same secret complete with the 3 SUNS AND THE PLEIADES and the KEYHOLE symbol as a ray of light ladder descending from one of the sun stars. Here, pillars replaced the hills but both act like vertical markers on a floor. Wayne proposed that the checkerboard floor denoted a timeline, each tile corresponding to a specific number of years and it taught the initiate when the colonization from each system occurred in the ancient past as each pillar marked a sun star above it. (source)

Note that just like the pillars appear behind one another, so do the hills when it comes to the taller hill in the background... something more distant in time... a timeline scenario!

It's an 'as above so below' theme and this probably accounts for the upward and downward pointing triangles of the painted kofuns too. As Wayne found it in ancient Israel's records, the Star of David is a result of two merging triangles, one a pyramidal or hill marker of the stars on the ground, the other the 3 sacred stars as they appear in the sky.

In the first Christian churches the cross appeared as an asterism placed between the stars. Wayne provides conclusive proof it is constellation Orion bound as a cross pattern and its belt star show the way to the area of the Pleiades, the region of the 3 suns.


Years ago there was a claim that a cave in the Ferghana Valley of Uzbekistan hid a monumental ancient alien mural drawn in the prehistory. While it remains unknown whether such a painting ever existed or was covered-up to the point of no access to the story, what is known is that a drawing appeared in a Soviet magazine, in a section about 'ancient visitors' that showed a replica of the scene - photo of the actual page above. It can also be that it was the artist who first inspired the rumor of the Ferghana cave. (source - Des Visiteurs du Cosmos, Spoutnik)

Real or not, it is my firm belief that the author probably had access to special knowledge when he created the drawing. The details on the image (with color highlights by me) can't be attributed to coincidence. It shows two beings and a UFO disc hovering next to 3 hills that align with 3 suns, all placed on a checkered floor. Even 3 pillars with orbs are visible on the far away horizon. The being closer to the hills makes a gesture as if to introduce the secret and wears funny antennae which may relate to the horned being secret. Our sun as the 4th star in yellow with full daylight rays is present too.

Note that the being in front who actually wears an angel's wings shows a mudra (ritual gesture in Eastern tradition). His/her fingers form a circle and the remaining three are held separately. Remember that Mt Miwa, in written form, meant "three rings", this is exactly the same thing as he probably tells of the secret of the 3 sun-like stars near the Pleiades he came from. In fact, Jesus was shown with a very similar gesture, pointing 3 fingers skywards.

Speaking of encoding secrets by numbers or fingers, one may take a look at Japan's Shichi Go San festival which celebrates the numbers 3-5-7. It turns out that the same numbers, in this sequence, were celebrated in Freemasonry too tied to the SAME star secret. Wayne was quick to suggest 3 represents Orion's belt, 5 the major stars of Taurus and 7 the Pleiades. Indeed, girls aged 7 are part of the Japanese celebration that corresponds to the 7 sisters of the Pleiades myth. About the Masonic code see here.



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