General Chat about WWII LOOT / Re: Are expensive whiskey bottles usually recovered in Japanese treasure sites?« Last post by ZOBEX on October 17, 2016, 04:04:06 PM »
I read parts of the book online and yes maybe they did so. Amazingly the book also states somewhere they put their swords on treasure piles/
The answers to this is YES and YES. It depends who and how the goods were stored. There is three ways you may find liqueur bottles in or at a site. A death ritual where the mass commit suicide by drinking a toast to the finish of the deposit, the toast is poisoned. That poisoned toast could be knowingly or unknowingly, depending on who provided the liqueur. In most all cases this is with Saki and it would be found in small white bottles with a military symbol on them, often blue or red symbol on a simple white Saki bottle. If there is a bunch of broken or shattered saki bottles, it was the custom to drink the contents and then smash the bottle down at the site of the burial of the treasure. If the bottles are not broken, either it was not a ceremonial drinking or the people all died before they could smash the bottles. There is also a third case in which it was a bunch of Japs drinking stolen liqueur. Such as a lot of wine bottles from the country they are occupying. Once we found a cave at the side of a river that was full American and European wine bottles, most broken but a few still intact. Living eyewitnesses said Japs used to go down by the river, eat, drink, sing and go swimming.
Swords can be used both real ones and symbolic ones to include just drawings of ones. A sword as a marker is a pointer that points in the true and correct direction of the treasure. Symbolic swords may be made of wood or metal or such. Authentic swords may also be used as a marker but have been known to be attached to either a boobie trap or a anti-boobie trap device. A symbolic placement of a sword may be in a tunnel as an important spiritual marker upon treasure. The owner of the sword is often dead and remains as a guardian spirit. Some times an officer may leave his personal sword at a site as a statement of his possession of the site for he intends to return for his sword and the treasure. Remember in the Japanese mind, each sword is the spiritual embodiment of his person and in ancestral blades it represents all of his ancestors that carried the blade.
In big sites some times the gold is piled into a shrine and the sword will be on top of the shrine, possibly with a bottle containing the ashes of the commanding officer in charge of the burial.