Japanese Superstitions - Bad luck and luck in Japan

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Japan is a country full of superstitions, there are thousands, and the Japanese take them very seriously. In this article, we will look at some of the Japanese superstitions, some even bizarre and meaningless to us. Japanese beliefs and superstitions are well rooted in the history and culture of Japan.

There are a lot of numbers, objects, words and actions that can bring luck or bad luck. All this because Japan is influenced by Buddhism and Shintoism that believes in thousands of gods and supernatural creatures.

Japan bad luck numbers

We cannot speak of Japanese superstitions without citing the numbers that the Japanese are so afraid of. Even elevators avoid putting the bad luck number in Japan. Let's see some superstitions involving numbers below:

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  • Four - 4 - 四 - Your pronunciation SHI may sound like the word death (死) which is also shi;
  • Nine - 9 - 九 - The pronunciation KU it may sound like suffering, pain (苦) and even something dark (black - kuro);
  • 43 - The pronunciation shisan is similar to the birth of the dead shizan (死産);
  • Other suggestive numbers are 42 that indicates until death (死に - shini). 49 that looks like running over (敷く - shiku);
  • Days 1 and 15 of the lunar calendar, sexual relations should not be had;
  • They say that in the photos of 3 people, the one in the middle dies first;
  • If you sob 100 times in a row you die;
  • Never eat eels with pickled “umê” (or “tempura” with watermelon);

Superstições japonesas – azar e sorte no japão

Japanese Superstitions of Chance

  • Sticking food with chopsticks (chopsticks) and leaving them standing, is unlucky. Why do they do this to the dead;
  • Sleeping with the head to the north attracts death, because the dead are buried with the head to the north;
  • Cutting your nails at night, they say it also attracts death;
  • Whistling and playing flutes at night, attracts snakes and ghosts;
  • Crossing with Ravens and Black Cats is a sign of bad omen;
  • Never pass food from your chopsticks to someone else's plate or beat the chopsticks on the plate. This is also done at the funeral;
  • Never write your name in red ink, it suggests that your life will be cut soon;
  • Do not leave rice on the plate, you can go blind;
  • If you lie down after eating, you will become a cow;
  • To see a spider in the morning of luck, and at night of bad luck;
  • If you hear thunder, you must hide your navel, otherwise the god will eat your navel;
  • If you pass a hearse nearby, hide your thumb, because otherwise something bad can happen to parents;
  • You must not take pictures of graves as this will attract bad luck, and you will be disturbing the rest of the dead;
  • If the geta (Japanese wooden shoes) breaks in the middle is a sign of bad luck;
  • Mirror steals the soul, mirror should not be placed towards the bed;
  • It is unlucky to respond to a person who speaks while sleeping.
  • Debut new shoes at night of bad luck;
  • Do not step on the edges of the mat, unlucky. Stretch your foot further and avoid this spot!
  • If a beggar comes to your door, you must salt the entrance to your door, otherwise you will have bad luck as financial misfortunes in your home;

Superstições japonesas – azar e sorte no japão

Superstitions from Japan that are beneficial

  • Eating seaweed increases hair;
  • Drinking milk swells the chest;
  • Whoever listens to classical music as a child becomes a genius;
  • A paper or wood hidden in the clothes brings luck, if it is kept close to the body, all the time;
  • A good omen is a bird defecating in its head;
  • Blood type identifies the person's qualities;
  • If the stems or tea leaves float vertically, you will be lucky, but it is difficult to happen
  • If you find a snake skin during a field trip, keep it in your wallet. It brings luck and fortune;
  • 7 is a number of sacred luck for the Japanese, as well as many other cultures;
  • If you eat mochi (rice dumplings) or osechi ryori (special new year dish) in the new year, will have longevity;
  • When entering a funeral, throw salt on your shoulder, as this keeps death and spirits away from you;

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