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霊柩車 [れいきゅうしゃ Hearse]
Do you know about 霊柩車? 霊柩車 means "hearse."
In Japan, it's believed that a hearse is a sign of very bad luck. If you see a funeral car passing, you should hide your thumb in your fist.
It's because in Japanese the thumb is called the "parent finger," and protecting it, is like protecting your parents from dying.
日本では、霊柩車を見るのは縁起が悪いと考えられている。[にほんでは、れいきゅうしゃをみるのはえんぎがわるいとかんがえられている。]
In Japan, it is believed that seeing a hearse is bad luck.
茶柱 [ちゃばしら Upright-floating tea stalk]
Do you know about 茶柱? 茶柱 means "upright-floating tea stalk."
In Japan, it's believed that it's a sign of good luck to have a tea stalk floating vertically in your green tea.
It's because in Japanese, an upright-floating tea stalk is called a "pillar of tea," and it's suggestive of the central pillar of a house. Thus, it's seen as a sign to secure peace and prosperity for the family.
新茶ばかりが人気なので、茶の商人が茶柱の立つ二番茶も売れるように、この話を広めたと言われている。[しんちゃばかりがにんきなので、ちゃのしょうにんがちゃばしらのたつにばんちゃもうれるように、このはなしをひろめたといわれている。]
Since the first tea leaves of the season are the most popular, it is said that a merchant came up with and spread the idea that an upright floating tea stalk is good luck, in order to sell the second batch of tea leaves.

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October 25th, 2016 at 06:30 PM
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Did you already know about these superstitions?

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December 11th, 2020 at 04:29 PM
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December 11th, 2020 at 06:03 AM
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when you go to Korea never give a chicken wing to your boyfriend(if your a female)

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December 11th, 2020 at 05:18 AM
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chicken wings are also bad because the Korean word wind also means to cheat on.닭날개를 좋아하는 남자는 바람피울지 몰라요(a man who loves chicken wings might cheat on you)

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December 9th, 2020 at 02:35 PM
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leeさん


Thank you so much for sharing the information with us😄👍

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December 9th, 2020 at 06:56 AM
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well the sino-Korean word for 4 sounds like death, Korea uses 2 number systems

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December 9th, 2020 at 06:53 AM
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Korea and Japan have the same superstition because number 4 in both Korean and Japanese mean death. did you guys know that?

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December 27th, 2018 at 07:37 PM
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@hinata-chan


Thank you for posting!


Please check out this lesson as well:

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/japanese-culture-class-2-japanese-superstitions/


The hosts also comment on the number 13 for for Americans and western people.


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hinata-chan
December 22nd, 2018 at 06:06 PM
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japanese pod, in america 13 and 666 mean badluck. i wonder if evry place in the world has badluck numbers😮.

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November 25th, 2017 at 08:12 PM
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Hi Colette,

Thank you for your comment!


That's right. 4 is known as a bad number because of its reading "shi" which is associated with 死(shi =death). Also 9(ku) is another bad number because of 苦(ku) meaning "suffering".

Do you have such bad numbers in your country?


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Colette
November 16th, 2017 at 01:52 AM
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Hey, JapanesePod101, have you heard of the superstition of the number 4? It's kinda like the number 13 in Japan. Both mean bad luck. ( from what I know; one of the ways of saying the number 4 is し, which means " death " in Japanese, which is why it's an unlucky number. )