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The hilly, thick forested and surprisingly under-populated countryside outside the big city of Nagoya, in north-central Japan, is little known to outsiders, even to many Japanese. Practically concealed amid the abundant plant-life of the forest floor is an almost perfectly symmetrical stone pyramid on the slope of Mount Kasagi. It has been precisely crafted from a single massive block of granite weighing an estimated nine tons, althought the surface is unadorned by markings of any kind. No equivalent stone may be found in the immediate vicinity, so moving the heavy block to it's location on the slope of the mountain required transportation skills on a par with it's carving. Not only the surrounding vegetation, but the structure's position in a valley demonstrate it was intended for astronomical purposes.
In a recent issue of the Ancient Ameri can, Editor F. Joseph presented an intriguing photograph of a precisely sculpted pyramid crouching incongruously amid the thick trees and bushes of Mount Kasagi, in north-central Japan. Being only 7 feet high and 14 feet along its base, this edifice hardly challenges the classical pyramids of Egypt and Mesoamerica. It is, though, skillfully crafted from solid granite -- almost a work of art. Age, sculptors, and purpose seem to be unknown.
Japanese call it a "trigonon." It is not alone, for four more can be found strung along a ridge of Mount Kasagi about 100 meters apart.
Important Cultural Property
Ink on paper
Height 30.3cm Width 69.7cm
Kamakura period/14th century
Kyoto National Museum
Emperor Hanazono (1297-1348) wrote this letter to his brother Prince Son'en (1298-1356) in the eighth month of 1331 (Genko 1), the day that Emperor Godaigo (1288-1339) made an imperial visit to Mount Kasagi to offer sacred treasures. Recorded are the feelings of surprise and anxiety on matters such as the possible attendants being the courtiers Toin Kintoshi (b. 1292) and Saneyo (1308-58). The phrase, "I am simply dumbfounded", vividly conveys the emperor's bewilderment at the information that was passed down from one messenger to the next as well as the social tension in the time of the Genko Disturbance. Although the content of the missive is filled with shock, his brush is surprisingly composed.
Kasagi (笠置?) was the lead ship in the Chitose-class protected cruiser in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was the sister ship to the Chitose. It should not be confused with the later uncompleted Unryū-class aircraft carrier of the same name, or the Pacific War-era transport Kasuga-maru. It is named after Mount Kasagi, a holy mountain outside Kyoto.
We have researched on the books and oral instruction on 'Mount Ohmine'. Especially we have researched on the book named 'Shozan-Engi'. In the early 13th century, the book was copied by 'Keisei', who was a Buddhist priest from the aristocratic family 'Kujo-ke'. Before it was guessed that the book was simply compiled from various secret documents and oral instruction on 'Mount Ohmine', 'Mount Kazuraki' and 'Mount Kasagi'.
On the Japanese island of Honsu, five miniature pyramids are strung along a ridge of Mount Kasagi about 100 meters apart. Called trignons by the Japanese, these ancient, precisely sculpted monoliths are about seven feet tall and twelve feet at the base, and, cut from a single block of stone, they look for all the world like the missing capstones for the Egyptian pyramids.
Originally posted by kenny71
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