As you know, the Kanayama Megaliths are the home of an extremely accurate solar calendar. This guidebook,
GUIDE TO JOMON SOLAR OBSERVATION AT KANAYAMA MEGALITHS
by Yoshiki Kobayashi and Shiho Tokuda, Sangokan, Japan, 2016
was published in September 2016, and has already sold out its first printing at Amazon Japan. Its 72 pages are in full color and lavishly illustrated with Tokuda’s photos, charts, and illustrations. The book takes the reader to all three of the Kanayama Megalith sites: Higashi-no-yama, Senkoku-ishi, and Iwaya-Iwakage, and through all the seasons. The solar calendar of the Jomon who made this megalithic astronomic observatory is explained. Even the recently-analyzed leap-year cycle of 128 years is described. The back cover is the observational solar calendar. It shows at a glance the observations that take place at a given date at each of the three sites. This guidebook is immensely valuable to the many visitors at Kanayama Megaliths. It is an important resource for any one interested in megalithic astronomy. Although the book is written in Japanese, the many images with their dates are easy to follow by even non-Japanese readers. The book can be ordered from Amazon Japan through this link, https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4883206777. It can be delivered to the U.S. at a reazonable cost and very quickly.
Iwaya Rockbat recently interviewed Ms. Tokuda about the book. Ms. Tokuda is concerned not so much about the detailed contents of the book, but rather their significance to people everywhere.
“We want to change the view of the ancient people of Japan. It is erroneously believed by many that Japan received its culture from China. We discovered this error at Kanayama Megaliths.
“Modern people are not so different from ancient ones. However ancient people knew a lot more about nature. And they were extremely capable in many ways.
“Rural people may want to live in big cities. But after trying it, they often return to their home towns. This also happens in Kanayama town in the mountains of Gifu prefecture. Surely there are benefits to being close to nature.
“At Kanayama Megaliths, there is a calendar but no writing. Yet, counting was known and a calendar was created long ago.
“Astronomy at Kanayama Megaliths is not only for scholars, it is for everyone, and may lead us to a more peaceful world. That is my hope.”