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Power Places and the Kanayama Megaliths

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Megaliths as Power Places

Earth and Celestial Energies.  Humans have long held a deep relationship with Earth and its energies. Even as hunter-gatherers, early man knew places of power as sacred places. They gathered at these sites to honor and venerate life-giving energies of Earth and Sky.

People became aware of fluctuations of these terrestrial energies, and they realized that these earth cycles were related to celestial cycles, the movements of Sun, Moon, and stars in our sky. They knew how to live in harmony with these energies.

Megaliths.  Soon, humans learned that these energies could benefit the health and welfare of people and society, that these energies were associated with naturally occuring megaliths. They learned, as they settled down and began cultivating crops, how to improve their lives. At first, they utilized megaliths to mark significant places. Then they assembled them into megalithic structures, often moving huge boulders from far away, to these special sites — how we do not know. Thus, energies were enhanced. Energies could be redirected to areas where needed, for example, to their crop fields. Megalithic structures could be erected to tamp excessive earth energies such as those due to earthquakes.

As modern research technologies have advanced, and our minds have been opened to new ways of viewing early societies, we have come to better understand early man. These megalithic places served multiple purposes, the least and the last of which was to serve as cemeteries. Through more accurate dating of materials, we know that the structures were built in the 4,000 BCE time-frame, that they were later and only occasionally re-purposed as burial sites.

Purposes of megaliths.  As mentioned, megalithic sites served to mark sacred places; they were developed to manage earth and celestial energies to benefit society. And, finally, megalithic structures were designed and built and operated to serve as observatories. They could then provide accurate data for calendars and for predicting future celestial phenomena, to know when there would be significant changes in energy.

Each of these megalithic observatories investigated the celestial body pertinent to that particular site. Although these observatories were a late development, there are not so many that are known to us today. 

In summary, let’s list the purposes of megaliths and megalithic structures, in roughly chronological order.

+ Identify locations of sacred sites,

+ Hold sacred ceremonies to venerate life-giving force of Universe,

+ Control and manage energies for beneficial purposes,

+ Learn periodic fluctuations of celestial energies affecting earth energies,

+ Observe celestial phenomena in specially-built observatories to determine more exactly the timing of special energies,

+ Determine an accurate calendar of the year/years.

Kanayama Megalithic Observatory

Deep in a mountain forest on the main island of the Japanese archipelago lies a megalithic solar observatory. This site has recently come to the attention of those outside of Japan as the source of a super-accurate solar calendar. This calendar of the tropical year is based on sunlight observation and is 15 times more accurate than our modern calendar. The megaliths were shaped and assembled more than 5,000 years ago. We know, because later humans deposited ashes that have so been dated.

Japanese news media have termed this solar observatory a “power spot”. People have been coming from near and far to experience this remarkable achievement from long ago. They are amazed at the ancient people’s knowledge of astronomy, of their skill in shaping 100-ton and 200-ton blocks of stone, of moving them with precision into desired — and well-planned — configurations. These configurations enable a human observer to accurately track sunbeams and their patterns over the course of the year. at special times, special phenomena are observed. These times of observation determine the solar calendar.

This sun-tracking station is situated amidst tall trees in the mountains near a rushing river. To track the sun would have been simpler if the site were on a flat plain as in most other calendrical observatories. However, the site was cleverly chosen so that it could operate in winter as well as in summer, throughout the entire tropical year.

What’s also remarkable is that two non-specialist researchers have, in less than 20 years, decoded the purpose of this megalithic site. Actually, it is a system of three sites which cooperate to produce all the needed observations, and more. These modern researchers in fact have accomplished their own feat of reverse engineering. They have deduced, from what they themselves have observed, what the original purpose of each megalithic solar event was, and the functions of each megalithic structure.

And to top it off, they are able to explain to the large tour groups how it all works, in language that is simple and direct, uncluttered by scientific jargon. They have already published a fully-illustrated guidebook to the site and have a more technical bi-lingual book in preparation.

The Kanayama Megaliths are a living example of an ancient scientific system. To young children and adults alike it teaches basic astronomy ‘in the field’ so that everyone can experience being a sun tracker in megalithic times.

Concluding Remarks

Megaliths are found all over the globe. They are well-known in Europe, less evident in the Far East. This post was inspired by the article of Martin Gray  about megaliths of Europe. We then related it to our own research at Kanayama Megaliths.  Photo of a tour group at Kanayama Megaliths by Okunomichi.




Yamanomoya – Mountains and Shrines of Mystery

As part of the research program on Ancient Japan, Okunomichi has paid a lot of attention to the jinja shrines and their kami that played a role in Hinomoto which led to modern Japan. Many shrines have been mentioned in ancient texts and by other researchers. For that reason, Okunomichi has been actually going to the mountains and visiting these historical jinja.

Now, Okunomichi is moving its posts on jinja and pyramid mountains to So we would like to introduce you to Yamanomiya.


The shrines described by Yamanomiya are connected historically to ancient documents in the Woshite literature (namely, the Hotsuma Tsutae). And to the kami that are prominent in that literature: Toyoke/Toyouke O-kami, Isanami-O-kami, Isanagi O-kami, Amateru-kami, Seoritsuhime, Shirayamahime, and others.

At Yamanomiya, there are a series of posts on the Moto-Ise shrines. These are the shrines where the kami of the current Ise Jingu Naiku and Geku — Amateru and Toyouke, respectively — were honored that were located, in Tamba no Kuni (in current Kyoto-fu), previous to Ise in the Kii peninsula. Legend says that it was Yamatohime who traveled from place to place until finally settling the enshrinements of Amateru Amakami and his grandfather Toyoke-Okami in Ise. This was long before the Ise shrines were adopted by the Imperial Family, even before there was even such a family.

Pyramid mountains

Yamanomiya also reports on the many pyramid mountains in Japan. In particular, you will find lists of pyramid mountains claimed by researchers Sakai, Kosaka, and Suzuki, Pyramid mountains were built thousands of years ago out of natural hills by human hands. They were made for ritual and societal purposes. They were usually flattened on top so that sacred ceremonies could be held, and today there are still shrines there.

Pyramids stabilized the land during earthquakes. They sent energy down to the land below to improve the productivity of farming. Pyramids and shrines were situated in very special geometrical and astronomical layouts. Frequently the lines connecting them pointed to the summer or winter solstice sunrises and sunsets.

And of course, the mountains of interest are considered especially sacred to kami, whether they are man-made or natural.

Let’s explore mountains and shrines with Yamanomiya!



The Super-Science of Katakamuna, by K. Fukano – 1.


In an earlier post entitled, KATAKAMUNA ANCIENT CIVILIZATION, we mentioned a book written by Fukano:

Fukano Kazuyuki, 超科学書「カタカムナ」の謎, Chogakusho Katakamuna no Nazo, Super-Science Katakamuna Mystery, Kosaido Books, 1993

We have been studying the book and we present this summary of the main points of the super-physics as we understand them. While most of us think of Katakamuna as an ancient writing system of Hinomoto, author Fukano has interpreted the verses as descriptions of the physics of Universe. What is remarkable is that such an old physics could be so like modern physics. Put another way, our modern physics may be approaching what was known to ancient people! Indeed, Katakamuna’s Latent and Physical Worlds may correspond to David Bohm’s Implicate and Explicate Orders

Katakamuna Universe

What is Katakamuna? Katakamuna is the root of all in Universe. Ama is Universe and includes Time, Space, and Everything. The Space aspect of Universe is Ame. Time and Space together are Ma. Mari is the fundamental quantum which is always spinning ‘up’ and ‘down’ and orbiting around Ma. Through the movement of Mari, Amashigenryou is possible and it, itself, is revolving and condensing. Thus Amashigenryou creates the two aspects of Universe: Kamuna, The Latent World, and then Amana, the Phenomenal World. The Phenomenal World is created through the combined energies of Kamuna and Amana. Kamu is infinite energy of Universe.

Amashigenryou is the fundamental building block of Universe created by the motion of Mari. Mari are quanta of the ultimate differentiated “particles” and their movement creates all the quanta of Amashigenryou as well as the Latent World and the Physical World.

Kamuna and Amana Worlds


Kamuna     Amana

Latent     Physical

Unseen     Seen

Infinite     Limited

Hidden     Present

Kamuna is the Latent World. We may call it the Unseen World, Infinite World, Hidden World. It is the world of pure nonphysical energy. Kamuna is mugen-sekai, Infinite world. 無限 mugen, limitless.

Amana is the world we know as the Physical World. Also it may be called the Seen World, Limited World, Present World, Phenomenal World. It is our familiar world of matter. Amana is gensho-sekai, Phenomenal World, the world we live in. 現象 gensho, phenomenal. 現 gen, present; sho, vision.

Note that author Fukano calls Kamuna and Amana “worlds.” Perhaps we can think of them as dimensions, or as Bohm’s orders. Amana comes from Kamuna. The Physical World comes from the Latent/Hidden World. The integrated chikara power of both creates Universe.

Kamuna Amana

Kamuna giving rise to Amana

Amashigenryou アマ 始 元 量

Amashigenryou is the elementary quantum of Universe, the spiraling of the microscopic particles of Universe. Everything is a converted version of Amashigenryou.  アマama; 始 shi, beginning; 元 gen, origin; 量 ryou, quantum

Amashigenryou always keeps revolving and rotating, repeating, overlapping, condensing, creating first Kamuna and then Amana. Then the chikara powers of Kamuna and Amana combine. The combined power creates  ryushi’, seen particles, which are the ‘gensho’ phenomenal particles, and stabilizes the Seen World. The Seen World then has matter, substance, seimei living things and objects.

Kamu and Mari

Kamu is infinite energy. There is infinite energy Kamu in Universe. Universe is made of physical matter as well as the Latent, i.e., the physical and the nonphysical. Amashigenryou is generated in the world of Infinite Kamu, from ‘the infinite derivation of Mari.’

Mari. The ultimate differentiated quantum of Universe is called Mari. It is the source of Amashigenryou and other quanta. Mari is a spherical particle. The size of Mari is in the order of 10^-80 cm. Mari is not a perfect sphere; it has a dent in its surface. Without this dent, rotation around an axis would not be possible. Mari simultaneously rotates clockwise and counter-clockwise, creating yin-yang polarities. 

Latent World

In the Latent World, Mari マリ are quanta of the itsu-tsumi (5 tsumi) : toki, tokoro, ikatsumi, makumi, karami.

toki is quantum of time

tokoro is quantum of place

ikatsumi is quantum of electricity

makumi is quantum of magnetism

karami is quantum of gravity

The mari of ‘toki’ is Amashigenryou, the quantum of time in the Latent World. The mari of ‘tokoro’ is  アメAme, the quantum of space in the Latent World. 

The last three tsumi (the quanta of electricity, magnetism, and gravity) are together called mitsugo in the Latent World. They create the living and non-living ‘mokoro’ with forces of electricity, magnetism, and gravity.

Mokoro in the Latent World consist of one each of the three mitsugo forces. The ‘object mokoro’ of nonliving things is a mitsugo with one axis that is repeatedly living and dying. The ‘seimei mokoro’ of living things has eight axes, instead of only one. All eight axes are living and dying repeatedly and all eight are rotating.

Physical World

The Physical World of Time, Space, and Everything is derived from, or created by, the Latent World through the action of the Mari.

Mari of ‘toki’ makes Time.

Mari of ‘tokoro’ makes Space.

The other Mari together make Everything: the living and nonliving things of the Physical  World.

Editor’s Note:  The details in this last part about the relationships between Latent and Physical Worlds come from the small table, very near the end, on page 225 of the book, while the beginning of this post comes from an earlier part of the book. We wish to express our appreciation to E.K. for assistance with the difficult translation. 

Concluding Remarks

The physics of Fukano is not easy to understand, and we do not claim to have interpreted it correctly. However, we feel it is important to call it to your attention so that you can delve more deeply into its study. We continue with Parts 2 and 3.

Revised 2017.04.12


Egyptian Calendar Basics

The year of the astronomical Egyptian Calendar began on the summer solstice, SS, when the Nile flooded. This system is thought to have begun ~ 3000 BCE (2750 BCE). The solar calendar was not modified by leap years so that it gradually shifted away from the New Year Day being on the SS day. The period of this cycle is ~1500 of our years, when New Year once again began on SS. It is highly likely that the Egyptians, being fully aware of this drift, deliberately used it for a higher order calendar cycle. For example, by the time of Khufu of the Fourth Dynasty, the New Year Day was already between the SS and the spring equinox.

The estimated date of the  start of the calendar is based on the heliacal rising of Sirius on the SS. In other words, when both the Sun and Sirius rose in the eastern sky, and which signaled the beginning of the flood season. After a drift of about 1500 years, on about 1500 BCE (1250 BCE), the New Year would again fall on the SS. This did happen at the time of Ramses II.

Sidereal Calendar

Although the Egyptian religion venerated the Sun, the astronomers were keenly interested in the rising of stars, thus they had a sidereal calendar. In particular, they watched for the heliacal rising of the Orion constellation which symbolized Osiris, and for the star Sirius (Sothis in Greek) which represented Osiris’ consort Isis. The star knowledge of Egypt may have come from Babylonia. In any case, the sidereal calendar was based on the heliacal rising of Sirius/Sothis.

The ritual calendar of the astronomer-priests was thus the Sothic or Sidereal year of 366 risings of Sirius. On the other hand, the agricultural solar calendar of the farmers was attuned to the summer solstice when the Nile flooded its banks and planting could begin.

Note:  The above chart is from Belmonte,

Labels in red have been added to indicate the times of Khufu (IV Dynasty), V Dynasty, Middle Kingdom, and Ramses II.

Egypt Code by Robert Bauval, 2010, provides further information about the Egyptian calendar, in particular the sidereal calendar.


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



Narasaki’s Lines of Power for Agriculture

Narasaki Iyashirochi figure

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.