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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

Hints:

These people wanted everyone to be literate, even the blind

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice puzzle! I knew it was braille anyway (I can read it) but the hint gives it away anyway :) $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 22 '17 at 20:41
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The answer is

POKEMON

This is

braille

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!

Also

Pokemon are Japanese

And the ? can be replaced with

pokemon

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  • $\begingroup$ I think the three stacked circles are a space and a vertical bar is an l. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jan 22 '17 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ It's the Pokemon theme! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jan 22 '17 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 $\endgroup$ – Jun Hayakawa Jan 22 '17 at 21:18

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