This is a cache series which highlights the works by Japanese filmmaker and artist Hayao Miyazaki, a co-founder of Studio Ghibli. He has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and is widely regarded as one of the greatest animation filmmakers. This is a puzzle cache that will take you to where the Kodama Tree Spirits likes to hang out. The cache is NOT at the posted coordinates. Solve the puzzle below to find your way to the Kodama Tree.
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Kodama Tree Spirits
Kodama Tree Spirits are prominently featured in Hayao Miyazaki's anime film Princess Mononoke. They are portrayed as small, white humanoids with large, rattling heads and mask-like features, with asymmetrical black dots for eyes and mouth (and move similar to bobbleheads). They are a sign that the forest is healthy. In Japanese folklore, Kodama are Spirits that inhabit trees, similar to the dryads of Greek mythology. The phenomenon known as yamabiko, when sounds make a delayed echoing effect in mountains and valleys, is sometimes attributed to this kind of spirit, and may also be referred to as "Kodama".
Kodama Puzzle cache
Kodama Tree Spirits like to play Rīchi Mahjong, a variation of mahjong. Solve the simple puzzle below to find where the Kodamas likes to hang out.
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Source: Much of the information in this puzzle was sourced from the Ghibli Wiki and Wikipedia.