The Yonaguni monument of Okinawa Island in Japan’s Ryukyu Islands is a magnificent structure that is compared to the lost city of Atlantis and may have sustained an advanced civilization that existed even before the Great Flood. The debate about whether the structure is man-made or natural is a continuing one amongst scholars.
Yonaguni monument of Okinawa Island in Japan’s southern islands has captured the interest of many researchers. Geologists, scientists, and writers such as Masaaki Kimura, Graham Hancock, and Robert Schoch have attempted to shed light on the legends surrounding the monument.
Yonaguni monument is a sunken rock formation believed by some to be the remnants of a Japanese civilization that is said to have existed between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Kihachiro Aratakea, a director of the Yonaguni-Cho Tourism Association, discovered it in 1985 during one of his diving trips. In 1997, Masaaki Kimura, a marine geologist at the University of Ryukyu in Japan, visited the site with a group of scientists. Kimura has spent many years exploring the mysterious Yonaguni, and he came to the conclusion that Yonaguni is man-made.
Kimura stated: “The largest structure (Yonaguni monument) looks like a complicated, monolithic, stepped pyramid that rises from a depth of 25 meters [82 feet].”
He emphasized that the structure does not stand isolated. Ten other structures were discovered on Yonaguni, including a castle, five temple-like structures, and what appears to be an enormous stadium. Interestingly all of these structures are joined by roads and water lines.
He found that the monument is made up of sandstone, and it originated from one rock formation. It is a huge rectangle of 150 meters by 40 meters, reaching 27 meters in height. On the crown of the stone monument is a shape appearing to be that of a turtle, which seems to have been sculpted into the stone.
He also discovered characters that were etched onto the stone in ancient Kaida script, which was used before modern Japanese scripture came to prevail.
“The characters and animal monuments in the water, which I have been able to partially recover in my laboratory, suggest the culture comes from the Asian continent.
“One example I have described as an underwater sphinx resembles a Chinese or ancient Okinawan king,” he said.
However, a marine geologist by the name of Robert M. Schoch, who examined the monument with Kimura and Hancock on the dive in 1997, believes that the monument was actually just a “natural formation.” Schoch deduced that the monument was created by wave erosion over millions of years.
“The first time I dived there, I knew it was not artificial,” Schoch said. “It’s not as regular as many people claim, and the right angles and symmetry don’t add up in many places.”
“Professor Kimura says he has seen some kind of writing or images, but they are just scratches on a rock that are natural,” he said.
“He interprets them as being manmade, but I don’t know where he’s coming from.”
“The best way to get a definitive answer about their origins is to keep going back and collecting more evidence,” Kimura stated. “If I’d not had a chance to see these structures for myself, I might be skeptical as well,” he added.
In fact, Touri Ouchi, an associate professor of seismology at Kobe University, supports Kimura’s take on the matter. He stated that he had never experienced having seen structures such as this, above or below the water, resulting from tectonic activity.
“I’ve dived there as well and touched the pyramid,” he said. “What Professor Kimura says is not exaggerated at all. It’s easy to tell that those relics were not caused by earthquakes.”
Kimura believes that when Yonaguni was built, sea levels were much lower than they are now, and Yonaguni Island was an area of land connected to mainland Taiwan. It was most probably an important sea trade route.
How did this civilization disappear, and what happened to all the people living there? According to Kimura, the city could have been abandoned as the sea levels rose, which eventually led to the city being lost, or a massive earthquake could have contributed to the island and its inhabitants to sink beneath the waves.
So, do you suppose that the structure is just a result of a natural phenomenon, or do you believe that it is indeed, man-made? Share your thoughts below!