The Milky Way - Center in Japan at Kyoto, Nara and Asuka
The ancient geodetic survey of Japan placed the center of the Milky Way at Kyoto, Nara and Asuka. Nara as a word in Japanese surely has the same origin as Arabic Nahr and Hebrew Nehar di Nur for the Milky Way. The current Chinese and Japanese term for the Milky way Tien Ho is similar to Lithuanian Dangus but meaning "heaven".
The Milky Way from Perseus to Cepheus was anciently seen as a monkey by other cultures, also in Japan at Saruishi (Saru-ishi), "Monkey Rock". To its right is Kameishi (Kame-ishi) "Turtle Rock" (holding the heaven up on its back and battling the Serpent of Draco) and Sakefuneishi (Sakafune-ishi) "Sake-Vat Rock", a hollowed out rock, which we have deciphered as marking the center of heaven at Cepheus and showing the "origin of the flow" of the Milky Way.
Megalithic and Temple Sites of ASUKA Japan
The Sakefuneishi megalith (over 5 meters long) at Asuka shows a kind of "water wheel" concentrated at Cepheus to mark the Milky Way. Mizuochi (Mizu-ishi) would seem to mark the Pole Star. According to Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan) these ruins were the first (astronomical) clock (rokoku) made in Japan by Nakano-oene-Oji in legendary times.
The sites of Asuka at Saruishi (monkey), Takamatsuzuka, Kameishi (Tortoise or Turtle), Oka and Ishibutai Dolmen would appear to mark the stars of Cassiopeia, known in ancient China as "The Five Emperors". Some of these stones have been moved so that their exact location is unclear. Moreover, the carvings appear to be more modern than the Neolithic period, but could have been re-carved over the millennia, much as many megaliths were "Christianized" in Europe by removing pagan forms and adding others.
The Island of HONSHU
The Giant Megalith of ASUKA maps megalithic Honshu
See Ancient Burial Mounds
See Metropolis - Japan Today
The large Asuka megalith above shows how Honshu was geodetically surveyed ca. 3117 BC, greatly assisting the overall decipherment.
Awondake on Honshu = Gemini
On Honshu, Awonadake (Awon-dake) may relate to the Japanese term Futago (Fu-tago = Awon-dake) as the Japanese term for Gemini.
Yamaguchi on Honshu = Auriga
Yamaguchi marks Auriga with the Japanese term Gyosha as "Auriga" being the same as the guchi in Yama-guchi.
Akita on Honshu = Sagittarius
Akita marks Sagittarius, the Archer anciently known in Japan as Kit.
Sensoji (Kannonsama), Asakusa
Tokyo on Honshu = Delphinus at Cygnus
Tokyo and its Senso-ji temple (anciently called Kan-non-sama and Kan surely as Gan "goose") might be remnants of the term Asakusa "small bush" as marking Delphinus under Cygnus.
ASUKADERA - Cepheus (plus Ursa Minor and Cygnus)
The ground plan at Asukadera (below)
has a clear astronomical design which identifies the stars of Cepheus,
as well as Ursa Minor and Cygnus quite clearly.
ISHIBUTAI, Milky way Center at Cassiopeia
The gigantic Ishibutai dolmen marks the center of the Milky Way at Cassiopeia (plus Cepheus). Butai means "foundation, stage".
See Nara - Asuka - Ishibutai
See Japan Travel - Ishibutai
The megaliths of KANAYAMA are Cygnus
The carved megalith of Kanayama below is the head of a bird, marking Cygnus as a goose. Kana in Kana-yama surely originally meant "goose" based on Japanese Indo-Gan "goose" and Koku-Gan "brant, a type of wild geese", so that Gan / Kan originally meant "goose". Cygnus is also marked as a goose at the Rollright Stones in England.
See Kanayama Megaliths.
Yamagata and Risshaku-ji Temple on Honshu
Yamagata and Risshaku-ji Temple with its Hall of Five Envoys of Buddha may mark the spot of an older site for Aquila.
The Island of KYUSHU
ORION "area of nine regions"
Kyushu means "area of nine regions" and its shape is the same as Sode Boshi, the Japanese Orion, perhaps marked by the three peaks of Sakurajima, but this is very speculative.
The Island of SHIKOKU "the four regions"
Perseus and the Pleiades
Shikoku means "four regions" and marks Perseus and the Pleiades, marked by the 88 temples on the Shikoku perimeter.
The Island of HOKKAIDO
Serpens, Ophiuchus and Scorpio
Hokkaido should mark Serpens, Ophiuchus and Scorpio
in this ancient system - but this is a conclusion on our part for which we thus far have no megalithic proof.