Wosite, the language spoken in the land of Hinomoto up until 2,000 years ago was very similar to modern Japanese!
When we look at a Wosite passage, we are startled to see strange writing. Examining more closely we notice a great regularity of form. Fortunately for us, preceding researchers have decoded the characters.
Wosite writing is highly regular and symbolic of cosmic energies. It reveals the physics and philosophy of a forgotten people. After we learn the Wosite language, we come to understand a little better the worldview of modern Japanese and origins of their culture.
We say that Wosite and modern Nihongo are similar, out of surprise and delight. Of course, they are quite different. And yet, after learning how to read Wosite and having translated some of the passages in the documents, we are convinced of this because we can read and understand the writing! Very little of real consequence has changed in (1) word order, (2) joshi (particles, connecting words, postpositions), (3) basic vocabulary words. Examples are (1) verb at the end; (2) particles no, ni, to and others serving the same roles as now; (3) words such as ki for tree, mi for fruit, yama for mountain, hirakeru verb meaning spread, umu verb meaning to give birth.
There are only three extant documents written in Wosite script. They are the Hotsuma Tsutae, the Futomani, and the Mikasafumi. Here is a passage from Hotsuma Tsutae lines 2576-258e. Wosite literature is read from right to left, top to bottom as in traditional Nihongo. Wosite documents were written in poetry with five and seven syllables, a rhythm said to be the rhythm of earth and cosmos. The spoken Wosite is naturally syllabic and lends itself well to poetry.
Let us show you how easy it can be to read Wosite. Here is line 2576. It reads:
a me tu ti no hi ra ke ru to ki no
Even today, ame means sky or cosmos, and tuti means earth (tsuchi). Hirakeru is to separate, toki is time. The particle no, indicating possessive, appears twice. Literally, we may say, sky-earth’s separation time’s… We translate this phrase as, at the time when sky and earth separate, …
The first character is read a and it is written as a spiral opening to the left at the top to indicate the cosmic meaning of sky/cosmos.