What is Yakudoshi?
Yakudoshi are the years in one’s life known as the bad luck ages.
People who are yakudoshi, which means “year of calamity,” are believed to have a year of disaster or illness. The ages of bad luck for men are 25, 42, and 61 and for women are 19, 33, and 37, but to find out if you are yakudoshi, you must add another year to your actual age. So the years are actually 24, 41,and 60 for men and 18, 32, and 36 for women. Particularly bad ages are 42 for men and 33 for women； 42 sounds like “shi-ni” which suggest death, and 33 sounds like “san-zan” which suggest disaster.
To ward off evils, people in Japan have a ritual called a Yakubarai done at a temple. You can also buy a good luck charm called a Omamori for Yakudoshi.