Monthly Archives: July 2016

Lao Tsu Lines

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The following one-liners were inspired by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, Tao Te Ching, 1972c. The book is beautifully calligraphed and illustrated with English’s black-and-white nature photographs. The numbers in parentheses are the chapter numbers from the Tao Te Ching.


The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.   (1)

The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used, but never filled.   (4)

2015-05-110The highest good is like water.   (8)

Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.   (16)

The way of nature is unchanging.   (16)

Yield and overcome; bend and be straight; empty and be full.   (22)     DSCN2581

The Tao is forever undefined.   (32)

To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.   (33)

It does not show greatness, and is therefore truly great.   (34)

Tao abides in non-action, yet nothing is left undone.   (37)

Being is born of non-being.   (40)

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Sendai’s Taihakusan 太白山 Pyramid Mountain

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Taihakusan 太白山   Taihakusan is Great White Mountain. We drove through the city of Sendai past the hilly Tohoku University campus to the other side. We glimpsed an odd shaped mountain and thought this must be the one.  Stopping at a nature area we found a billboard showing on its lower left the tongari-shaped mountain – an equilateral triangle in profile. So we headed in that direction.

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We drove westward, and started going up a yama. At first the slope was gentle and people were strolling with their dogs. Further up was a clearing in the woods with a large parking lot surrounded by many signs. Watch out for bears! Do not start forest fires!

We read on one of the signs that the mountain and shrine are named for 太白星 Taihaku-hoshi, Great White Star. What can it be? It could mean the planet Venus. The sign also says that at the top of the mountain is a stone shrine, 貴船 Kifune Jinja. What is its connection with the 生出森八幡神社 O-ide-mori Hachiman Jinja written on this sign?

We went under the torii up the path leading upwards to the shrine. We got part-way up as far as the (new) kagura-den. Some people came down, one of them dressed a mountain-practitioner dressed all in white with a head-covering. Scattered about as by a giant’s hand were many large boulders, not quite megaliths, some with right-angle surfaces, that were intriguing.

DSC00610 smlDSC00611 megallithsThe photos show our first view of Taihakusan, the conservation signboard showing Taihakusan in the corner, a closer view of the mountain, the sign about the Taihaku-hoshi, the torii, a shrine building, and some of the many boulders.

This post is related to the pyramid mountains listed at Iwaya-Iwakage,

Hida Koku 6. Jomon Pyramids and Rituals

Also, we had earlier posts,

Three Pyramid Mountains

Togariyama 尖山 Pyramid Mountain

Note: this post was prepared on July 3, 2016 but not published until now, April 24, 2022.


Togariyama 尖山 Pyramid Mountain

Toyama MapThis is one of a series of posts about pyramid mountains. Pyramid mountains are man-made mountains, or human-modified natural mountains. They have been modified or created for the purposes of benefit to human society and/or ritual reasons. They usually have flat tops for the holding of rituals and may have directional alignments with other sacred places or with seasonal solar sunrises and sunsets.

Togariyama.  尖山 ‘Togari’ means pointed. Togari is popularly pronounced Tongari. This mountain is in Toyama-ken. It has a steeply triangular profile but it has a flat top. We got to its foot and parked the car at the beginning of the trail. The mountain can be climbed in an hour, but we did not have the time for that.

Torii Rei, in his kami-gami book page 123, shows this map centered on Togariyama. The map says that the grave of Ninigi no Mikoto is here. Flowing into Toyama Bay is the Jinsu River from Gifu-ken. To its east is the Joganji River which flows near Togariyama.

Due east of Tongariyama is the very sacred Tateyama. It lies near the Nagano-ken border. Oyama Jinja is the shrine that venerates Tateyama. There are three shrine locations: the honsha at the peak, one shrine midway down, and a third shrine on the plains. It was the last which we stopped at to pay our respects to both mountains. Although this shrine is modest and charming, this site has been favored with visits from imperial personages over the centuries.

togariyamaHere is a photo of Tongariyama from The other photo is Mt. Tateyama (from a postcard).   Tateyama_0004

This post is related to the pyramid mountains listed at Iwaya-Iwakage,

Hida Koku 6. Jomon Pyramids and Rituals



Ashiya Iron and Tatara Smelting



Narasaki and the Metal Teapot

Narasaki Kougetsu, the “discoverer” of the Katakamuna documents had been stationed in Manchuria during World War II.  He had an opportunity to visit a Taoist temple. The monk made tea by boiling the water with just a few leaves for the fire. Narasaki was astounded – how could the water boil so fast? He asked to purchase the teapot but the monk declined saying, “You can buy it in Japan.”

In the mountains of Rokkosan after the war, the hunter Hiratoji told Narasaki that the Ashiya tribe lost a war with its enemies and went to Kyushu. At Touga-kawa-kako, the end of the Touga River, there is a town called Ashiya. In Kyushu, there is a chagama teapot called Ashiya-kama. Could it be similar to the monk’s teapot?

In Fukuoka city, island of Kyushu, there is a tourist attraction called Ashiya-gama no Sato, Ashiya teapot village. Photo and quote from

The town of Ashiya earned national prominence as a maker of iron tea kettles for Japanese tea ceremonies, or “kama”, in the Muromachi Era (mid-14th century – late 16th century). Now, casters at Ashiyagama no Sato Village are hard at work trying to restore the production of such kettles in their studios.

Ashiya Iron

We turn our attention to learning more about the special iron in the teapot of the monk. In Iwate-ken, some people have in their possession what they call mochi-tetsu or bei-tetsu, meaning iron shaped like a ball of mochi rice cake. The early 20th century occult researcher Sakai Katsutoki went to see them. In more recent times, priest Omiya Shirou who is an author of many books about Old Shinto went and actually obtained a few stones. These are highly pure magnetic iron. They are colored red or black. Sometimes they would lose and regain their magnetism. Could they be the meteorite called hihi-iro-kane in the Takenouchi Documents?

Also found in Iwate by Sakai was an iron kagami mirror with writing on the back in kamiyo-moji, one of the scripts of the Age of Kami. It said: futa hashira / mitsunoe mitsunoto / kantakara. So it is speaking of divine treasures (kantakara). Futa hashira are two pillars.

Studies by Kanazawa University in Ishikawa have found iron foundries and iron mirrors from late Jomon times. This is much earlier than previously believed. Rudwig Beck who has been studying iron-making has stated: We don’t see ancient iron objects because iron rusts!

Tatara Technology

The people of Ashiya had a low-temperature technique for smelting iron. Pure iron melts at 1539 degrees. Even iron containing carbon requires a temperature of 1200. At this temperature, the copper in ore can be obtained, while bronze (a compound of copper and tin) melts at 700 degrees. Strangely, the Ashiya people smelted iron in bronze pots, in other words, at temperatures below 700 degrees!

Mochi-tetsu has high iron content and is related to low-temperature smelting. This technque went to the Izumo area which became reknown for it’s iron-making technique called tatara. Interestingly, the old kanji for tetsu iron could be read as “king of metals.”

In summary, people of Nihon have had metal-making techniques since ancient times, and this technology may stem from the Ashiya civilization’s “super-science.”

Ed. note: Some of the information in this post comes from Akiyoneto, Nazo no Katakamuna Bunmei, Mystery of Katakamuna Civilization, 1981, and also from Avery Morrow’s book. See earlier posts. If you use the search box for keywords such as Katakamuna, Narasaki, etc., you will find many other related posts.



Narasaki’s Lines of Power for Agriculture

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Iyashirochi and agriculture

We have learned about Narasaki Kougetsu and the Katakamuna documents which he recorded. Now let us look at his technical work. Narasaki was an eletrical engineer working in the mountains of Hyogo-ken after the Second World War. His work involved electrical power lines with special interest in their effect on the growing of plants and crops. His field work included studying the terrain in the mountain range of Rokkosan. Narasaki found that the location of an iron foundry could be correlated to superior or inferior grades of iron produced there.

He found correlations of mountain peaks and valleys with lines of high and low life energies. Lines of high energy connect mountain peaks. These lines he called iyashirochi. Lines connecting valleys have low energy and he called them kegarechi. Kegare is a word denoting negative qualities.

It is difficult to translate iyashirochi. It is related to places of iyashi or iyasaka, which are positive nouns. Kobayashi Bigen Sensei recommends as a toast to abundance and happiness the ancient Iyasaka! rather than the current Kampai or the former Banzai.

Nevertheless, iyashirochi have high electrical potential. Iyashirochi are characterized by an abundance of negative ions which strengthen the body. Also the negative ions balance the positive ions and there is a natural flow of charges, more energy moving. As Alfred Watkins in England showed, ley lines are lines of power. Iyashirochi may be ley lines of similar power.

As is known, dowsing is a technique used to find deposits of water, ley lines, stone walls, and other underground objects. In Japan, a dowser using a branch of the hashibami hazelnut tree can feel certain changes when near such objects. The explanation is given by a physicist from Sorbonne: underground water affects the earth’s magnetic field. The magnetic field is felt by the dowser’s body, and the effect is magnified and made visible by movement of the branch.

A team of three scientists has connected dowsing to megaliths. John Taylor is a professor at Kings College in England. Eduardo Baronofsky is an Argentinian expert. Bill Louis is a dowser with technical experience. He can feel water under stone circles that is flowing to other stone monuments. He places his hands on megaliths and identifies points of circling, spiraling energy. He measures those places and finds that they have twice the magnetic field strength. From these experiments, we may conclude that megaliths do contain significant energy, in the form of magnetic energy.

Scientists and dowsers report that menhirs, dolmens, and other megalithic works have been placed at points of high energy. Generally these are places where ley lines cross. It can also be noted that in Australia, Aborigines hold ceremonies at power points characterized by megaliths and pictures of snakes. Snakes and their brethren, dragons, often represent these ley lines.

Ed. note:  Illustration and information from Narasaki’s book, Three Electrostatic Laws, see earlier post. Some of the information in this post comes from Akiyoneto, Nazo no Katakamuna Bunmei, Mystery of Katakamuna Civilization, 1981, and Narasaki’s book, Three Electrostatic Laws. See earlier posts. If you use the search box for keywords such as Katakamuna, Narasaki, etc., you will find many other related posts.


Akiyoneto’s Book: Katakamuna Mystery Civilization


2014-08-01 11.35.30Ed. note: Information in this post comes from Akiyoneto, Nazo no Katakamuna Bunmei, Mystery of Katakamuna Civilization, 1981. We have already posted an introduction to Katakamuna Ancient Civilization. Avery Morrow in his book, reviewed in an earlier post, discusses the Katakamuna documents in his Chapter Five.


Narasaki and Katakamuna super-science
Living in the Rokko mountains of postwar Hyogo-ken, engineer Narasaki Kougetsu (or Satsuki) was putting power lines in izumi, spring waters. A hunter named Hiratoji appeared and said, please don’t do that – the animals can’t drink the water. He also mentioned do not shoot foxes.

In appreciation for Narasaki’s cooperation, Hiratoji showed him a scroll (uzumaki) which belonged to his father, head priest of the Katakamuna shrine. Over a period of twenty nights, Narasaki would copy the writing on the scroll while Hiratoji watched. There were eighty verses written in a strange “mirror script.” It took Narasaki many years to understand the writing and the contents. He had a hunch it was related to something he had earlier experienced.

Narasaki had been stationed in Manchuria. At the Nyannyanbyo Temple in Peisan (North Mountain) in Kiling, he met the Taoist monk Rausan. Rausan told him of ancient times in Japan, when there was a tribe called Ashiya with a high level of intelligence and a high civilization. They had writing called hakkyo-no-moji, 8-mirror writing. The Ashiya people had a special iron, advanced philosophy, medicine, yin-yang system, and herbal medicine, said the monk.

Narasaki learned that Katakamuna people had a highly developed sixth sense so that they had a good understanding of super-science. They could see beyond the visible world. Their science has been called “intuitive science.” Ohta Ryu, researcher of intuitive intelligence, claims that ancient people used intuition, that they were open to the universe so that they could see and accept, and could see the universe in everything. Akiyoneto adds that this connects with the European super-occult.

Narasaki later had a student named Uno Tamie. They formed a group called Soujisho and she pubished their magazine of the same name. Soujisho is a term coined by Narasaki for the “alternative science” of the Katakamuna people in which dissimilar things can be similar. He called their philosophy Katakamuna no Satori. In this philosophy, the names of Amenominakanushi, Kunitokotachi, and other kami were really terms in physics. Although Ms Uno heard many fantastic tales from Narasaki she did not publish them. He died before her.

Ashiya Touan

The name Ashiya Touan appears in the Katakamuna document. He was the leader of the Ashiya tribe. The Ashiya tribe was driven out of Honshu to Kyushu by the tenson-zoku tribe (“ancestors from heaven”). This name which may point to the Yamato sounds like a reference to Amateru’s people in the Hotsuma Tsutae (q.v.). Tenson-korin is a myth in which kami “descend” from “heaven.”

There have been many stories about Ashiya Touan (or Ashia Douan) in local folklore, completey unrelated to Katakamuna. He may have been a chief of the tenson-zoku tribe, a powerful priest in the tenth century, or even a kitsune fox. The fox sometimes brings a crystal ball. Foxes appear frequently in the folklore of Nihon.

This brings to mind the fox with a ball in its mouth, one of the fox statues at the Fushimi Inari Jinja of southern Kyoto, headquarters of the Inari sect of Shinto. Could Ashiya Touan and the kitsune cult be connected with the Inari sect?
The ohaka grave of Ashiya Touan is called Kitsune-zuka, mound of the fox, in Shikugawa near Rokkosan, behind a jinja, according to legend. Some say that Hiratoji himself was a kitsune. There is an incident in Narasaki’s narrative where he tells Hiratoji, “I saw a fox, but I didn’t see you.” Hiratoji laughs, “Maybe the fox was me!”

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Foxes at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Narasaki’s lines of power for agriculture

See next post.

Ashiya and Tatara Smelting

See second post following.