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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



Hida Koku and Birth of Hida Kuni Jomon Dynasty


Iwaya-Iwakage,our sister site, has just posted a series of articles that begins:

Birth of Hida Kuni Jomon Dynasty

The land of Hida, where the Kanayama Megaliths are located, may not be so well known historically as other parts of the country such as Kyoto and Nara. And yet its history stems from the Jomon Period, 12,000 BCE to 300 BCE. In the article presented below, the unnamed author declares that there are many folkloric sources that reveal the possibility that Hida was the  place where civilization began, ultimately leading to the modern nation of Japan.


Kototama of Takenouchi and Hotsuma Civilizations

Takenouchi and The Three Civilizations

There are various koshi-koden, secret documents from ancient Japan. They have been kept secret both by hostile repression and for safekeeping of wisdom. The Takenouchi records were compiled over a vast period of time; they were preserved by the Takenouchi family until these modern times. The Hotsuma Tsutae is a later record of a time of legendary figures which gives an insight to changes in human society. According to the Takenouchi Monjo, people lived spiritually in peace and plenty for a long period of time. However, new generations grew restive; they wanted more materiality and physicality. The guiding elders discussed this seriously and eventually made the decision to let humanity undergo a period of exploration of the material world. The sages would cooperate so that this painful period would be as brief as possible.

Thus the First Civilization gradually ended and the Second began. The decision for the transition was made about ten thousand years ago. Wisdom keepers began to hide their teachings by concealing documents, by creating and spreading myths that veiled the true nature of the stories, and by building religions that would impart some and only some of the truth. Although veiled, precious wisdom would need to be accessible when the time came for it to be revealed and applied.

When we think of how much humans have accomplished even in the last two thousand years in analyzing and controlling the physical world through technology development, building of nations, formalizing religions and other social systems, we are not amazed to realize that this material civilization has just about culminated.

The Second Civilization is nearing its end. In the Takenouchi Documents, transition dates of 2011 and 2017 are given. The Third Civilization of higher consciousness and greater unity is coming. This is the age all ancient wisdom cultures have been awaiting.

Those who are on the Path of Wisdom see signs of returning spring. As the physical world of nature and man grows more disruptive, at the same time more people are awakening to walk the Path. The world is emerging from the bleakness of winter into the rebirth of spring.


The Path of the ancient ones of the Japanese Islands is called Kototama. This term refers to the spiritual (tama) power of sound (koto). Its formal name is Kototama Futomani, Kototama Great (futo) Mana (energy). Kototama Futomani is a cosmology and a practice. It is based on the fundamental property of Universe to create, to manifest, by vibrations. Vibrations produced by the human voice form the sounds of speech. We often forget that these vibrations of speech carry great spiritual energy. Kototama is based on the principle that the way sound patterns are organized determines the development of individual human consciousness and of human society. Civilizations evolve and fall on the basis of these sound systems.

Most important of the sounds are the vowels, aptly called mother sounds. In Kototama, we teach the sounds rather than the letter names. The sequence of the vowels plays a key role and describes the process of human and societal development. Consonants are father sounds and together they create child sounds.

In the coming Third Civilization, the vowel order of Futonorito will be:

          Ah  Ih  Eh  Oh  Uh

You will see some authors write vowel sounds as A I E O U. This is only a shorthand that represents sounds. In our current Second Civilization, the order of Kanagi is:

          Ah  Ih  Uh  Eh  Oh

The past First Civilization used the Sugaso order:

          Ah  Oh  Uh  Eh  Ih

Kototama science is deep and complex. We can only give the tip of the iceberg. The power of the vowels can be briefly and inadequately presented in the following.

          Ah           Spark beginning activity

          Ih            Will, intention, desire

          Eh           Judgment, discernment, evaluation

          Oh          Memory, experience

          Uh          Senses, materiality

Do not be misled by words. It takes practice to understand the subtle workings of these vowels. Individual sounds cannot be understood in isolation, for they always interact with other sounds. By working with these hints, we can begin to get an idea of the three civilizations.

Hotsuma Tsutae

Hotsuma Tsutae is another Koshi-koden. It is a legacy written in a beautiful script called Woshite. It was recorded two to three thousand years ago. It relates history and teachings of advanced humans thousands of years prior. We can well wonder how to fit the Hotsuma Tsutae into the overall scheme of the Takenouchi.

The main characters of the Hotsuma legends are known to readers of the conventionally accepted books: Kojiki (711 CE) and Nihon Shoki (720 CE). By the eighth century when these two documents were produced by royal order, there was already a formal ruling system and a stratified society. Elements considered not suitable for the court’s political purposes were eliminated or modified. It is very illuminating to compare the contents of the two koshi-koden documents with the eighth century versions.

Today’s scholars recognize a long period of peace and culture called the Jōmon period. The name Jōmon was given to describe the cord-marked earthenware said to be the oldest in the world. The Jōmon period lasted from about 14,000 BCE to 300 BCE, a remarkably long period of peace. It was followed by the Yayoi (300 BCE to 300 CE) with significant immigration from the Asian continent which greatly impacted society in the islands. Then came the Kofun period of burial mounds, and so on into historical times.

In terms of Kototama sound order, the Jōmon would be Sugaso and the following periods Kanagi.

Where does the Hotsuma culture belong in this timeline? There are two seeming inconsistencies when dating it. From the spiritually guided nature of Hotsuma society, it would appear to belong to the Sugaso order, at least in the beginning. The early tales are full of compassion and resolution of conflicts by nonviolent means such as negotiation and Kototama. Society was guided to embody Heaven on Earth which means to live in harmony with nature and universe. In the teaching sections of the Hotsuma Tsutae, the lessons emphasized living the Way of Hotsuma which is the Way of Heaven.

We know the sound order of their language through a teaching song, Awa no uta, the song (uta) of Heaven and Earth (A and Wa). It goes like this.

          a ka ha na ma            i ki hi ni mi u ku     

          hu nu mu e ke           he ne me o ko ho no

          mo to ro so yo           wo te re se ye tu ru

          su yu n ti ri                 si yi ta ra sa ya wa

From this we see that the vowel order is Ah Ih Uh Eh Oh, the Kanagi order of the Second Civilization! So we may view the Hotsuma culture as the last gasp of the Sugaso.

As in the above Awa no uta, the entire Hotsuma document is written in verse of 5 and 7 syllables. When a master poet is asked why, she replies because 7 and 5 are the rhythms of Heaven and Earth. Deep study of the Woshite syllabary has led to some understanding of the cosmology of the Hotsuma people.

As later tales unfold, especially the last 12 chapters which were added generations later, we view society moving more and more to materialistic worldviews and behavior, thus fully entering the Kanagi civilization. The sacred is declining and materialty is growing. There are battles of nation-building. While the building of a nation may seem grand and glorious, it comes at the cost of human blood and suffering. These stories mark the beginning of our Second Civilization. Hotsuma tales record the transition from the First to the Second Civilization.

Since Hotsuma times, we have continued down this path of separation and conflict, loss of connection with other people and our environment. We can go no further. We must stop and build the Third Civilization.

The documents mentioned here all include the common story of Ama no Iwato no Hiraki, the opening of the heavenly cave door. All four prophesize that the door of darkness will be opened and light of truth will pour forth once more.

The door is opening.

Book Review of The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan: Lost Chronicles of the Age of the Gods

Avery Morrow, The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan: Lost Chronicles of the Age of the Gods, 2014, 224 pp, Bear & Company.


In this book, published in January 2014, Avery Morrow discusses four (of many) parahistorical documents: Sendai Kuji Hongi Taiseikyo, Hotsuma Tsutae, Takenouchi Documents, and the Katakamuna Documents. These are arguably the most important. He provides information not readily available in English. Ever since the eighth century, the only written records acknowledged by conventional historical researchers have been the Kojiki, Records of Old (712 CE) and the Nihon Shoki, Chronicles of Japan (720 CE). They have enjoyed 1300 years of official sanction in Japan and later in the West, and are together referred to as the Ki-Ki. The Kojiki has two English translations, those by Basil Chamberlain and by Donald Philippi. The Nihon Shoki translation by George Aston has no rival. Indeed, these three books have had no rival – until now.

Morrow entreats us to consider the four parahistories as offering valuable possibilities for prehistoric times. In so doing, we push back the horizon of prehistory to well before the start of the Common Era. Ancient people have long had writing and enjoyed a high level of culture, as advances in archaeology are now confirming.

The stories of the classical Ki-Ki are regarded by moderns as mere myths. What if they were legends of actual people and events? We would need to delve into the mythology to uncover and understand their real meanings. Myths are often historical, scientific information allegorically disguised as fantasy. There are subtle reasons for this.

Morrow has taken this challenging area of research and ably presented them in a well-organized, direct, manner. A chapter is devoted to each document and obviously serves only as an introduction. The reader must continue to search for further information, as yet only available in the original Japanese. Okunomichi presents in the pages of this blog site our translations of rare Japanese sources.

We encourage the reader to learn from this book and continue to extend the research and spread the findings. They will be joining Morrow, Andrew Driver, and Okunomichi in this quest. We commend Morrow for opening the way.

In our current period, hidden histories are emerging into the public eye. Even more important, hidden teachings are being unveiled. These teachings will guide us to a new era of higher spiritual development, a return to a Golden Age at a more advanced and integrated level.

Hotsuma Tsutae Document Tree by Torii

Torii KamiGami coverThis document tree is from Torii Rei’s book.

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The shaded box at the top is HOTSUMA TSUTAE.

The five shaded boxes at the bottom are the documents, L to R:

MONONOBE     /     MIZUHO ONTSUTAE     /     KOJIKI     /     NIHON SHOKI     /     KUKI.

For our post on Mizuho Ontsutae, please use the search box for our post.

The shaded box above KUKI is the TAKENOUCHI set of documents. See our posts on Takenouchi.

The shaded box to the far left of Takenouchi is the SENDAI KUJI HONGI TAISEIKYO.  Here, Sendai means ancestor, Kuji means old things, Hongi means original or main book, and Taiseikyo is the Great Perfection Sutra. This document consists of 72- book and 32-book versions. Prince Shotoku Taishi (572 – 622) was the editor. There is an earlier Sendai Kuji Hongi which has ten chapters, already known in Heian times to be very old.

The shaded box furthest right is FUJI MIYASHITA document.

The shaded box to its upper left is UETSUFUMI, written in Hotsuma Woshite moji.

The point of this chart is to show that there were many documents in the period prior to the publishing of the well-known classics, the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki. Indeed, this shows how the documents relate to each other and also how their contents flow into the two classical documents.




Hida: Roots of Nihon

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by Yamamoto Kenzo, born 1912, 1999 softcover book, 68 pp. Bought at Kuraiyama in 2011 for 1,000 yen. For reference, an oku-nen is 10^8 years, or 100 million years. Hida is the name of an ancient kuni land in central Japan. The Hida mountain range of Nagano and Gifu is popularly called the Japanese Alps.

Geologically speaking, the land of Hida was born 20 okunen = 2×10^9 years (2 billion years) ago. Fukuchi Onsen in Oku-Hida has the oldest kaseki fossil stones, 4 oku 8 sen man nen = 4.8 oku nen = 4.8×10^8 years old. At that time, the whole earth was covered with a lot of water. 3,000 meter mountains were like islands.

Hida Norikura yama’s main peak is Kengamine, 3026 m, the highest in the archipelago at that time. Mt. Fuji grew taller later, due to eruptions. At that time, only mountains taller than 3,000 m rose above sea level.

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This book is mainly about Ohirumemuchi no Mikoto, who is better known as Amaterasu Omikami, and the continent of Hida. Yes, Hida was a continent 80 man-nen ago, 800,Roots Hida Tairiku000 years ago.  The first Japanese people appeared here 700,000 to 500,000 years ago. They did not come from elsewhere. Yes, people arose in this land.They were born from water. Where did the water come from? From the moon.

Roots Uakata-sama       Awa no Uakata-sama, a sage known simply as Uakata (leader), revealed secrets to 23-year old school teacher Yamamoto (author of this book) in 1935. The venerable one was from a long lineage of uakata; uakata became known as Sumera Mikoto, the ancient title for emperor. Because Yamamoto had shown ability to heal people, Uakata-sama chose him to pass on ancient teachings with the promise that Yamamoto pass them on, in turn.

Uakata-sama said that Hirumemuchi no Mikoto was a powerful woman whose dreams saved the country. Could she have been a shamaness or a spiritual master? She is also known as Amaterasu Omikami.

The theme of the book is the true history of how the Sumera Mikoto organized the people so that they could live happily with honor and compassion. This is the message that was entrusted to Yamamoto.

Yamamoto listened carefully and studied the history of the area as well as geology. But time flew by and he found himself at age seventy hearing once again the voice of Uakata-sama. He was reminded of his promise. Yamamoto went around to places which he had heard of from Uakata-sama, and verified kodai-seshi, the true history of Japan before Jimmu. Yamamoto was eighty-five when he wrote this book.

Mukashi, mukashi, long long ago, there was the land of O^yashima. On this land was Mt. Awayama = Norikura-dake. On this mountain was a pond, Nyu-no-ike. Life came out of this pond. All life appeared and evolved; land expanded and people appeared. We are all from Awayama. Awayama is Mt. Awa. ‘A’ means Heaven, ‘Wa’ means Earth. Life appeared from A-Wa.

The old days were humid and hot. People went north where it was cooler, but grandchildren came back to HIda. The river Nyu-kawa was the entrance to Hida.

When people died, they were buried in a place where they also built a pond (ike). The Hida-jin people of Hida practiced a meditation called Mitama-shizume, calming the spirit. It is also known as Hidaki, holding (daki) the sun (hi). The name, Hida, comes from abbreviating Hidaki to Hida. The people would sit around the ike and gaze at the sun or moon reflected in the pond. This was practiced at Hidaki no miya. There used to be 30 such miya, now there are 19 shrines, all with Hidaki no miya in their name. Here is a map showing 13 of these shrines.

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After the first ice age ended, it became 7 degrees warmer. Hida was cool and pleasant. The Hida people made votive objects called sekkan, stones shaped something like a one-layered wedding cake. They used them when praying for ancestors.

At the end of the Jomon period, it became cold again with much snow. People moved to warmer places, and they lived happily.

DSCN0790     The 15th generation Uakata-sama saw that Hida was getting cold again, so they moved their miyako capital to Miyamura. Miyamura is at the foot of Kuraiyama. They took megaliths to Kuraiyama where they buried generations of Sumera Mikoto ancestors around the megaliths. This is why Kuraiyama is a sacred mountain and has many megaliths on it. The first Sumera Mikoto was named Kuraiyama no Mikoto.

The ichii no ki, a type of yew tree, was used to make the board for writing the authority for Roots Shakuthe next Sumera Mikoto. This shows that there was writing in those days. We see the board today in the shaku held by the emperor and Shinto priests. The ichii no ki only grows on Kuraiyama. This board was called kurai-ita, Kuraiyama rank board.

The second migration took place at the end of the Jomon period due to another cold wave. The Hida-jin made sekkan in reverse shape, i.e., with an indentation in the middle rather than a protrusion. About six dozen have been found in Hida, and dozens elsewhere in the islands. These are called gyobutsu-ishi. With these ishi, Hida-jin went south with ancestors’ spirits.

What I notice in the story is the great reverence that Hida-jin held for ancestors. It is not ancestor-worship but rather, holding an honest appreciation for the contributions of generations before. This is done through the practice of meditating on the reflection of the sun or moon in the pond, or Hidaki. They would do this before making major decisions such as when and where to move.

Part 2 follows.


Kototama is the spirit and the power of sound. It is an ancient practice, hidden for a long time. Ogasawara, Nakazono, and Shimada teach it using the amatsu iwasaka chart.

Explanation of “Amatsu iwasaka”


岩境     いわさか, iwasaka   Heavenly area or shrine

Also: ‘Iwa’ means fifty sounds of kototama. The completed kototama is called ‘futomani’.

Amatsu means Heavenly, Divine. So this is a chart of the heavenly fifty kototama sounds.

Explanation of diagram:

There is a circle at top which is the Void. However, it is not shown in this figure.

Level 1.  “U” or “SU” is Amemiwoya/ Amenominakanushi Kami, the creator of the universe.

Level 2.  Division into male and female, heaven and earth.

“A” is Takamimusubi, High Producer, male, centrifugal force, vertical, Heaven.

“WA” is Kamimusubi, Divine Producer, female, centripetal force, horizontal, Earth.

Note the form, the resemblance to a Tree of Life which it indeed is.  A-WA is like Alpha-Omega of creation.

This Amatsu Iwasaka leads to the following kototama chart:


Vowels are called mother sounds; consonants are father sounds; syllables beginning with W are half-mother sounds. Other syllables are made by combining consonants with vowels. The story of Izanagi and Izanami in the Kojiki reminds us that the father goes first.

References:  Shimada Sensei

Nakazono, Masahilo, The Source of Our Present Civilization

Ogasawara, One Hundred Deities

Hida: Roots of Nihon, Part 2

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Takamagahara, the mythical Plain of High Heaven, is not in outer space or Heaven, but it is here on earth; not on the Asian continent but in Nihon. There are iseki ruins which indicate that Takamagahara is right here in Hida. Because Hida’s tall mountains saved the people.

A third cold wave occurred with a great deal of snow in Hida. There was a meeting of the leaders of the land to consider moving to a more southerly and warmer climate. The family of the Sumera Mikoto spread out to different areas. Amatsu Hikone no Mikoto went to the area we know as Hikone in Omi (Shiga-ken), where he established Taga Taisha. Izanagi and Izanami went to Mie-ken, and that is where Izanagi died.

Ninigi no Mikoto went to Tsukushi (Kyushu); Nigihayahi went to Kawachi province (now Osaka). Both had Tokusa no Jingi so that their descendants would know that they were related. The Jingi included the feathered arrow, Ame no Habaya; and Ame no Kahiyuki footwear.

Hirume/Amaterasu had a dream that there were three streams of invaders on Tsukushi. Because her dreams were highly regarded by the people, it was decided to first send three princesses and check it out. After eight years the princesses returned with confirmation. So Ninigi was sent with a large group of young couples from Hida to settle and develop the land in Tsukushi.

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A conflict ensued between descendants of Ninigi and Nigihayahi which ended when they realized that both sides held the Tokusa no Jingi and were thus related. Nigiyahahi’s brother-in-law Nagasunehiko was allowed to go to Tohoku where he became the king of Arahabaki. [Arahabaki are sometimes referred to as visitor kami, perhaps because they came from elsewhere.]

A descendant of Ninigi, Sanu no Mikoto (his childhood name) became Takehito/Iwawarehiko and is posthumously known as emperor Jimmu. He, too, received the kurai-ita upon his enthronement. Jimmu’s two brothers remained in Tsukushi.

Queen Himiko of Tsukushi was a descendant of the younger of Jimmu’s brother Mikinuma no Mikoto, 239-266 CE. She sent a messenger to Gi (China) and is mentioned in the Gishi Wajinden. The Gishi mis-spelled her land ‘Yamato’ as ‘Yamatai’, and that is how Yamatai entered the history of Japan.

The ancient people of Nihon surely faced difficulties and hard work during their long history. Yet, the philosophy they practiced entailed living compassionately and contentedly without complaining and always looking to a bright future.

Can we learn a lesson from these people?

Kosaka: Pyramid Mountains of Japan

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KOSAKA Wado has given a list of fifteen prominent pyramid mountains of Japan. There are many others as an Internet search in Japanese will show. Pyramid mountains are man-made pyramids. Japanese made pyramids have a conical shape with a circular base. They are constructed out of natural mountains or built in layers of stone. Covered with soil, they have come to appear like natural forests over time.

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1 Tosako Aomori
2 Kuromanta Aomori
3 Goyosan Iwate
4 Minakamiyama Nagano
5 Ohyama Kanagawa
6 Ashitakayama Shizuoka
7 Togariyama Toyama
8 Takayayama Gifu
9 Kuraiyama Gifu
10 Himurogadake Kyoto-Fu, Tanba
11 Misen Hiroshima (Itsukushima)
12 Ashitakeyama Hiroshima (Shobara no Honmura)
13 Miwayama Nara
14 Yamato Sanzan Nara
15 Tsurugisan Tokushima

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Left to right:  Pyramid mountains Kuraiyama, Kuromanta, Himurogatake. (c) Okunomichi

See the pyramid list of Sakai and Kosaka.



Kuraiyama, Sacred Pyramid Mountain

Kuraiyama, 36 degrees N, 1529 m, is said to be a pyramid mountain. Moreover, it is claimed by the Takenouchi Documents as the site where extra-terrestrial ancestors touched down. Its name, crown, refers to its regal status in prehistoric annals. More exactly, ‘kurai’ means ranking, and this is the number one ranking. The ichi-i (again, number one) tree grows here. From the wood is made the mace of the emperor.

We have learned more about Kuraiyama since we began this post. See ‘Roots of Japan.’

Kuraiyama has been rudely treated by being partially denuded to accommodate a ski resort. However, it is said to still have a number of interesting megaliths on top. Click on the map to see it enlarged. Eerie stories have circulated about mysterious lights and even more mysterious strangers.

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Here’s more about the megaliths. Megaliths were brought to the mountain by the leaders of the people of Hida. Generations of such leaders have been buried around these boulders. This accounts for why Kuraiyama is such a sacred mountain. Its shrine is the Minashi Jinja, q.v.