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しゃっくり [Hiccups]
Do you know about しゃっくり? しゃっくり means "hiccups."
In Japan, it's believed that you will die when you hiccup 100 times in a row.
It's believed that if you have the hiccups many times, it's a sign of possible illness.
In Japan, common ways to stop the hiccups are to be surprised, to drink water, to hold your breath, and so on.
ツバメの巣 [ツバメのす Swallow's nest]
Do you know about ツバメの巣? ツバメの巣 means "swallow's nest."
In Japan, it's believed that houses where swallows come to build their nests will have good luck.
It's because swallows were considered very important to Japanese people. This is because swallows eat insects that are harmful to rice fields, and people thought that they would bring a good harvest.
The type of swallow that migrates to Japan usually makes its nest under the roofs of houses or stores. It's said that it's to protect themselves from crows which are their natural predators.



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October 25th, 2016 at 06:30 PM
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Is there any similar superstition in your country?

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September 17th, 2019 at 07:00 AM
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Ah, great! We have the same ways of stopping hiccups in Poland! It's also exactly the same about swallows though the crops in Poland are (or at least used to be) mostly wheat and rye rather than rice.

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October 23rd, 2017 at 04:40 PM
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Hi Savannah,

Thank you for your comment and sorry we didn't reply earlier.

The ways you introduced are very interesting! I'll try them when I hiccup next time.

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December 19th, 2016 at 03:06 PM
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Thanks for another fun video as always, Risa! You bring so much energy and cuteness to all your videos!

I used to watch a show called "Untold Stories of the ER". One of the cases was a woman who'd been hiccuping for 8 days straight, even in her sleep! (So I guess we can put to rest the idea that 100 hiccups in a row will kill you! ;P) The doctors tried lots of things, they even tried sedating her, and she still kept hiccuping! So eventually they had exhausted all their medical knowledge, and had to turn to the internet to look up tips and old wives' tales about stopping hiccups, to see if any of them would work; none of them did. Until they tried one where you push up on your eyebrows with your fingers. It worked! My mom and I started trying it, and for months it worked without fail! But eventually it stopped working. Maybe it was the placebo effect and wore off? Or maybe using it a lot makes it less effective over time. Well, it was nice while it lasted!

In the PBS show Arthur, there's an episode where Arthur's grandma cures DW's hiccups by giving her a spoonful of peanut butter and telling her to chew it slowly and then swallow it. I've only tried this a few times, but as far as I remember it's always worked! I don't know where that trick came from, though, as Arthur is the only place I've heard it!

December 19th, 2016 at 02:58 PM
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0:25 - "In Japan…" More like "everywhere". Or at least, in the West, too. :P

1:34 - Holding up a finger on each side of your head to make "101"… Brilliant!