You are Rick Perry, former Texas governor (who forgot the name of the Department Of Energy in 2012. Really?) turned archeologist. You've discovered a shrine in north Japan that's estimated to be almost 3.5 thousand years old. The shrine consists of a large tall slab of stone. Atop the stone is a vaguely humanoid statuette. Written in front of it are scratched and eroded, yet still slightly legible, runes. It's a short string, possibly a name? Underneath it is a smaller slab of stone covering an opening in the shrine. In the small hole is a tablet with more runes. Since these were protected in the hole, they're easier to make out. This was thought to be a hymn of sorts. You scrawl both texts down on a pad of paper quickly and slightly messily. Now you are back on the flight home, and are mulling over the texts. Since there have only been 4 other shrines discovered, all with similar texts, there is a basic understanding of the language, though translation will be rough and literal. You have to figure out how to translate these runes... text near the statuette

possible hymn


These people wanted everyone to be literate, even the blind

  • $\begingroup$ Nice puzzle! I knew it was braille anyway (I can read it) but the hint gives it away anyway :) $\endgroup$ Jan 22, 2017 at 20:41

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The answer is


This is


If we assume 'l' (3 vertical dots) is a space we get

Ash Ketchum

I wish to be better
No one is
To get is very trial
Train the won't
I will go land
Look long and wide
Every ? understand
Strength within
*Must get
Is you and me
I know my fate
*You are friendly
On world to protect
*Must get
Heart truth
Courage pull us though
You teach me
I teach you
*Must get

@Deusovi pointed out this is the

Pokemon theme song!


Pokemon are Japanese

And the ? can be replaced with


  • $\begingroup$ I think the three stacked circles are a space and a vertical bar is an l. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jan 22, 2017 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ It's the Pokemon theme! $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Jan 22, 2017 at 19:52
  • $\begingroup$ Well this was solved a bit too easily. You've proved your worth Rick. You're on your way to forgiveness for forgetting the name of the Department Of Energy REALLY HOW COULD YOU $\endgroup$ Jan 22, 2017 at 21:18

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