Is Atlantis in the Japanese Archipelago?

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  • We all know the legend of Atlantis: the fictional city that ends up submerging in the Atlantic Ocean. The story has captivated people for centuries, particularly since many would like to know what served as the inspiration behind Plato’s mythical city. For decades, scientist and archeologists have devoted time to researching whether Atlantis or the lost continent of Mu ever existed. Some theories include the Thera eruption, a devastating volcanic eruption in what is now Santorini that devastated the Minoan civilization. Other hypotheses suggest that Atlantis could have been in the Atlantic Ocean (alluded to the similarity between both names), where the former island of Spartel is located. Despite the many hypotheses, research surrounding the Land of Mu and the location of the ancient city of Atlantis is considered pseudoarchaeology.

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    This is a painting I did a couple years ago on the downfall of Atlantis that I did with pastel and marker. Atlantis is one of my favorite myths. In many ways it has been sort of an obsession of mine. The lessons of this story I think is very applicable today – something that we can all learn from. The lesson is: don’t be too proud, do not think yourself to be like a god. The lesson is on what the Greeks call hubris, which is excessive pride which brings one’s downfall. The story of Atlantis though has to do with collective hubris – that is – when an entire nation becomes so proud of itself and so arrogant and thinks of itself as being so exceptional that they act like gods! Can anyone guess which nation I am talking about today? In my alternative comic universe, I am including Atlantis into the Forest Walker’s origin story and how the downfall of the great kingdom unleashed Teleos out of their own greed. . . . . . . #atlantis #mythicalcity #lostcity #sunkencity #hubris #greekmethology #plato #painting #mixedmedia #pastel #marker #ancientmysteries #lessonslearned #lostworld #savehumanity #floodmyth #humanity #downfallofusall #worldsend #lostcivilization #comics #independentcomics #legendsoftheforestwalker #comicuniverse #indiecomics #selfpublished #selfprinted

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    However, there is something lurking below Japanese waters. Right next to the Ryukyu Islands, there is a place that looks a lot like an ancient site where humans used to live and perform rituals, and which some, including marine geologist Masaaki Kimura, believe to be the remnants of a lost city or continent. We are talking about Yonaguni Monument.

    What is Yonaguni Monument?

    Yonaguni is, essentially, a submerged rock formation. Located in the Ryukyu Islands, and about 100 kilometers from Taiwan. Yonaguni Monument consists of sandstones and mudstones that form a structure that resembles a pyramid.

    The Yonaguni Monument has some main features:

    • The Turtle: a star-shaped platform
    • The L-shaped rock
    • The Twin Megaliths
    • The Triangle Pool
    • The Turtle Pool
    • The Loop Road

    Due to its very unique features and pyramid-like shape, the Yonaguni Monument has become such a puzzling mystery, creating a debate among scientist: those who believe it’s a natural formation, those who believe is natural but modified by humans, and those who believe it’s artificial.

    Natural Formation or Man-Made?

    There are similar underwater formations around the world, but none have the concentration of monoliths that Yonaguni has. This has led many scholars to believe that the structure was artificial or modified by humans. Additionally, there is also evidence that the first inhabitants of the Ryukyu Islands mastered stonework, as shown by ancient tombs in the region.

    Supporters believe that the Yonaguni Monument could have been constructed during the Ice Age, when the Sea of Japan was inland sea and the Ryukyu Islands were connected to the continent. Following this, theorists argue that Yonaguni was an ancient site that ended up sinking.

    One of the most ardent proponents of Yonaguni Monument being man-made is Masaaki Kimura. Kimura is a marine geologist from the University of the Ryukyus, and the man responsible for directing the first expedition to the site.

    Right on the other side of the debate we have scholars who say it’s simply a natural formation. Some geologists have stated that the formations are very similar to other ones located within the region, meaning that earthquakes and erosion could have shaped the Yonaguni Monument. While Yonaguni does indeed have features that seem to be man-made, there are other formations around the world with natural features that don’t look natural at all. One of them is on Old Rag Mountain, where a natural basalt staircase can be observed.

    It is also worth noting that, as of now, Japanese government agencies have not designated the sites as important cultural artifacts.

    What to Believe?

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    I've always wondered about these things. My friends & I have always discussed these anomalies not taught or discussed but peaked our curiosity… 🤔 " YONAGUNI, JAPAN Undersea Temple. _ The only way this structure could have been built was when the sea level was low enough which was 10,000-12,000 years ago before the last Ice Age. _ Why is this important? History books tell us that no ancient civilization existed back then capable of producing such megalithic constructions of this precision and scale. Even the Great Pyramids were thought to be built after the structures we see submerged here at Yonaguni as we’ve been indoctrinated to believe. _ Our history books are all wrong. Yet we still preach from them in schools and universities each day…" Things that make you go hmmm…. #yonagunimonument #greatawakening

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    What to believe will of course vary greatly depending on the person and the information they have read or studied. The fact that the Yonaguni Monument has created so much debate among scholars suggests that this will continue to be an enigma for years to come.

    Such thing is not unusual among perplexing sites and ancient ruins. For example, to this date there are many theories, hypotheses, and fringe claims surrounding the Great Sphinx of Giza. Compared to the famous Egyptian statue, the Yonaguni Monument is well understudied, making it even more difficult to find out what exactly it is, and to discern the many shapes and terraces the formation has.

    Conclusion

    There’s no conclusion!

    That’s the fun thing about the Yonaguni Monument. It’s all embedded in mystery.