16 Bizarre Japanese Superstions

Each culture has its own set of myths, legends and myths. Japan is no exception! Japanese culture It dates back to 35000 BC, and also some strange but really interesting stuff Japanese superstitions.

In the United States, rabbit feet bring good luck. But who came up with this? We do not know, but it is an interesting myth!

So, what are some Superstitions in Japan? Let’s check it out!

What are some interesting Japanese superstitions?

Just like most cultures, Japan has some interesting beliefs that come from unique stories and ideas. From omens to supernatural animals, here’s our favorite freak Japanese superstitions. From not trimming your nails at night to how chopsticks can cause misfortune, prepare to be mesmerized!

Inanimate things have souls

Did you know that Japanese Buddhists believe that inanimate objects, such as dolls, have souls? There are a number of Japanese stories about dolls or other inanimate objects coming to life. Japan even holds an annual celebration called Ningyo kuyoWhere the owners pray for the dolls before they are disposed of.

do not say “Xio” in the evening

in japanese, Xiu It means salt. However, it looks very similar to something, the Japanese word for death. Some people in Japan today think that saying that word at night can lead to something terrible.

Metatarsal fracture is bad luck

Have you ever heard that breaking a mirror is bad luck? This is similar to a broken comb. If you are in Japan, be sure to be very careful with your comb!

Lucky and unlucky numbers

This is one of the most common Japanese superstitions. Many people around the world believe that certain numbers are both lucky and unlucky. But how true is this really?

In Japan, the number four (something, also the word death (and nine)by, rhymes with calling which means “pain”) is considered unlucky. As a result, some buildings in Japan do not have either a fourth or nine floors.

On the other hand, the number seven is considered lucky in Japan. Japanese Buddhists celebrate the seventh day of a child’s life, which is Shishifukugen They are the seven gods of fortune, and the Japanese people celebrate tanabata(seventh evening) of every summer on July 7.

Guano (and other animals) lucky

One of the most unusual Japanese superstitions, this lousy accident is actually lucky. This belief comes from the word a (運) means “luck” in Japanese. It is pronounced the same way as the word feces.

Don’t cut your toenails at night

According to Japanese urban legends, cutting your nails at night can lead to an early death. This belief is based on the manipulation of words. Japanese Kanji Which represents trimming your nails at night, “Nail at night, can also read “Quick Death”.

Plum brings good luck

some Superstitions in Japan It indicates that pickled plum can bring good luck and prevent accidents. Many believe that you should eat umeboshi (pickled plum) every morning for protection.

Predict the weather with your shoes

Who needs fancy meteorological equipment when you can use your shoes to forecast the weather?

Throw your shoes in the air. If you land on the sole, the weather will be nice. If it lands on its side, it will be a cloudy day. And if your shoes fall upside down, it will rain.

do not say kiru or Moduro in a wedding party

Japanese wedding superstitions claim that it is bad luck to say so kiru (to go home) or Moduro (to return) at a Japanese wedding. Doing so is supposed to lead to a jinx in marriage, prompting the bride to leave her husband and go home to her parents.

Japanese prayer amulets bring good luck

omamores They are amulets that contain prayers. according to Japanese superstitions, You can get omamore For safe driving and good health.

omamores It can also help you do well in school or help you in other situations where you need some divine intervention.

Don’t step on the tatami mat

Tatami mats are common in traditional Japanese homes. Many tatami mats have family emblems, so step on mat tatami border It is considered bad luck in Japan.

Animals have supernatural powers

Kitsune is a Japanese word that means “fox”, and in Japanese folkloreFoxes are believed to possess supernatural abilities.

There are good Kitsune (Zenko or mobo) Which brings good luck and repels evil spirits. for you And Nogitsune Harmful KitsuneThey play pranks and tricks on people.

Do not take pictures of three people (side by side)

Now, this is one of the most interesting things Superstitious beliefs in Japan. Be careful how you stand when taking pictures with friends or family members.

according to Japanese superstitionsThe one in the middle will die before the other two.

cats fortune

You may already be familiar with this Japanese belief, as you can find these lucky cat figurines in most Asian markets and restaurants.

the maneki nico (Cat lure) is usually placed in front of Japanese-owned establishments to bring good luck to the owners.

The left claw attracts customers, and the raised right foot brings wealth. You may even be able to find a file maneki nico With both paws in the air.

Do not put chopsticks upright in your food

Placing chopsticks in rice symbolizes funeral rites. Practice proper etiquette by placing chopsticks on the chopstick rest or placing them in the bowl when not in use.

A monster can make you get lost at night

a Norikaba It is a Japanese monster in the shape of a wall.Yokai). according to Japanese urban legends, the Noricabi It appears at night and can obstruct a traveler’s path, causing him or her to be lost or lost for several days.

Have you heard of anything else? Superstitions in Japan? Share them with us in the comments below!

Now you know some of the more unusual Japanese superstitions and urban legends. If you are superstitious, perhaps you can use these beliefs to bring luck and wealth into your personal and professional life.

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