What are superstitions that japanese believe in?


What are superstitions that japanese believe in?

by Andrea Garza

(San Antonio Texas, USA)

The Question:

I am interested in knowing what are the different superstitions japanese believe to be true?

My answer

Well, I am not a pro on superstition but i found a good compilation for you. Here are some of them:

-If you play with fire, you will wet your bed. (It makes children become aware of the danger of fire.)

-If you rest just after eating, you will become a cow/pig/elephant. (This means not to be lazy.)

-If you whistle or play a flute at night, snakes will come to you. (This means not to bother your neighbors.) (When they say snake, it means a thief.)

-A cold mid-section will cause diarrhea.

-The first dream of a new year will come true.

-Breaking a comb or the cloth strap of a “geta” wooden sandal is an omen of misfortune.

-Stepping on the cloth border of a tatami mat brings bad luck.

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Jun 11, 2012

A few more

by: Anonymous

I’ll just add a few that I’ve heard while living in Japan, many I’ve been warned about personally. (Some might be more wives’ tales but are still superstitions I believe)

– The more layers of socks you wear the less likely you are to be sick

– Taking medicine with anything other than water is dangerous and will cause the medicine not to work

– There are many certain combinations of foods that need to be avoided at all costs lest you want to become ill

– Sleeping with your head pointing North is bad luck

– If you leave a fan blowing on you at night you will die

– 4 and 9 are unlucky numbers. Some people believe simply saying these numbers can bring ill-fortune upon you (both of these numbers have 2 ways to say them, only one is “evil”)

– Electric blankets are bad for your health

– Some older people believe having their photo taken will also remove their soul

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