10 strange superstitions in Japan
Orienting your pillow to the north will bring you ill future according to Japanese superstitions. Indeed, during Buddhist funeral rites, the body of the deceased is oriented to the north. So, if you want to have a long life, pay attention to the placement of your pillow.
1.Do not direct your pillow to the north (Kitamakura).
When visiting a sick person in Japan, specially in a hospital, be sure to never bring him/her a flower pot, because its root means to the sickness takes root on the patient. However, nothing prohibits a pretty bouquet.
2. Do not bring potted flowers to someone who is sick.
In Japanese, clipping one's nails is "夜爪 Yotsume" which means death in early life; therefore, it is said that if you cut your nails at night, you may not see your partents' death. Perhaps it would come to at the time of the Edo period, the tools for cutting one's nails were long knives and that in order to avoid any accident, this superstition appeared. It is also said that around this time of people who cut their fingernails did so over the fire and that the smell of burned nails could make them think of cremation and attract death.
3. Do not cut your nails at night
If you see a stalk of Japanese tea floating vertically in your cup, this is a sign of good fortune. If you want to get a good furtune, you should try many kinds of Japanese tea. But it is already good experience in Japan for you.
4. Tea stalk (Chabashira)
In Japan, when a child lost a top milk tooth, it was customary to throw it one floor down. And when it was a bottom tooth, it was thrown on the roof. So that new teeth full of strength can appear.
5. The baby teeth
6. Do not leave a grain of rice on your plate.
There would be 7 gods in each grain of rice, according to Japanese beliefs. In addition to being frowned upon in Japan to not finish his plate, it is often better to finish his rice up to the last grain, which can be a real challenge for those who do not master the art of cooking, hold the chopsticks.
If you face a funeral car means the death comes over to you, the Japanese hide their thumbs in the palm of their hands. The thumb is written and pronounced as the parent word in Japanese, 親 Oya found in the Japanese word thumb (親 指) Oya yubi. Hiding thumbs meant to protect parents from bad omens.
7. Hide thumbs.
8. Some taboos on the use of chopsticks
- It is very bad to play with.
- We do not use own chopsticks to serve in a dish (Use separate chopsticks).
- Do not cross them but arrange them parallel on your bowl or on the baguette holder.
- It is best to avoid poking food with chopsticks.
- Do not plant chopsticks in his dish (it is also very bad).
- Do not lick your chopsticks.
- It is important not to pass food with chopsticks to another, this being a Buddhist funerary rite for transferring the bones of a deceased.
Train yourself to use it before your stay!
It is said that the god of thunder Kaminari Sama hunts the navels of the smaller ones, and they must hide it when the storm comes.
9. Hide your belly button when you hear thunder roar
It is best not to write someone's name in red. Because it is the sign of bad omen like the color used to write counterpart's name in a letter of challange and engrave the name on the graves in Japan.
10. Do not write someone's name in red ink
16 May 2018
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duration : 9 hours (approx.)
1 day trip : Amanohashidate (buffet lunch incuded)
Amanohashidate : Bridge to heaven
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Shukubo, Experience "Takigyo"
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Easy cycling along Kamogawa river
One way bike ride course
【Kyoto One day Trip】Visiting Arashiyama & Kinkakuji + Tea ceremony (option)
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duration: approx. 8 hours
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Agritourism in the tea village in Kyoto 2 days
Agritourism at a tea village in Kyoto
duration : 2 days
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duration : 3 days
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Travelling World Heritage Site Nikko and South Tohoku region, 9 days
Jumping from Tokyo, to Nikko and Sendai
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【Nagano-Hida-Kanazawa】A getaway in the land of snows, the beauty of snowy sceneries
Beautiful pieces of scenery
A walk through Yanaka and Wagashi making into the heart of Tokyo
Discover traditional Shitamachi area
Ueno,Yanaka, Nezu , Sendagi
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route + Shirakawago & Kanazawa
Visit Mountainous Lands to find cultural authenticity&natural beauty:Tokyo~Kanazawa
Getaway to mountainous lands
Kamakura ; the medieval samurai town & Enoshima ; the sacred island
daytrip to Kamakura & Enoshima
duration: approx. 8 hours
Historic footpath into Japan nature. Nagano, Matsumoto, Kamikochi (Apr-Nov)
Hiking in Kamikochi,Magome,Tsumago
Discover Japanese history
Island hopping tour around Naoshima & Himeji, Miyajima, Kurashiki
Artistic Island hopping tour!!
Japan’s horse races, Tokyo or Ohi or Nakayama racetracks
Let's try a horse race!!
Bet from 100 yen on your favorite horse
A getaway to Sawara, “little Edo”of Chiba and to Katori Jingu shrine
Visit the Katori-Jingu shrine
Sawara;renowned for their canals
Visit of “Mount Saw”, place of the largest seated Buddha of Japan
"Nokogiri yama" & the biggest buddha
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Earthquake simulation and visit of traditional streets
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Tohoku earthquake simulation
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Past & present of maritime defense
Cruise to the base or ruins island
Misaki tuna selling, an authentic japanese fishing port (Lunch and tuna tasting included)
Discover tuna town & fish market
Delicious fresh tuna lunch
Japanese tea picking and ancient Edo streets of Kawagoe
Discover JapaneseTea in Sayama
Stroll in Kawagoe"little Edo"
Hiking Mount Mitake and visit of a sake brewery.
Hiking to Mt.Mitake
Viisit Sake brewery