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平成26年 (2014年) 9月 17日

国際課

ACCESS  August - September 2011

A Bimonthly Newsletter for International Residents of Yamaguchi Prefecture


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Japanese Superstitions


There are many interesting superstitions all over the world. A few years ago, we introduced a few superstitions from Spain, the United States, Korea, and China in our CIR Report. This time, ACCESS would like to introduce you to some superstitions said around Japan.


- Snakes will come out if you whistle at night.

- You will have good luck if a tea twig is floating upright in your tea.

- If you play with fire, you’ll wet your bed.

- If you cut your nails at night, you won’t be there at your parents’ deathbed.

- Hide your thumbs when you see a funeral car; otherwise, you won’t be there at your parents’ deathbed.

- You won’t be at your parents’ deathbed if you wear socks to sleep.

- You won’t marry until later on in life if you keep the Hina Matsuri dolls out after March 3rd.

- You will die young if you sleep with your head towards the north.

- People with big earlobes will become rich.

- Drink vinegar and you will become more flexible.

- There will be an earthquake if catfish seem alarmed.

- You’ll become a cow if you lay down after eating.

- 4 and 9 are unlucky numbers.(4 symbolizes death, while 9 symbolizes pain.)

- Hide your belly button if you hear thunder.

- You will get a stomachache if you eat Umeboshi and eel at the same time.

- It will rain if a cat washes its face.

- You will die if you hiccup 100 times.

- You will have bad luck if your shoelace or the string on your geta breaks.

- People with cold hands have warm hearts.

- Putting a snake’s skin in your wallet will make you rich.



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