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daisetsu national parkThe number four is considered inauspicious because it is pronounced the same as the word for death (shi). One should not make presents that consist of four pieces.
daisetsu national parkThe number nine is considered unlucky since it is sometimes pronounced the same as the word for suffering (ku).

daisetsu national parkDo not stick your chopsicks into your food, especially not into rice. This is a practice reserved for funerals.

daisetsu national park NEVER pass food chopsticks to chopsticks. This is only done with the bones of a cremated body at funerals.

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If you play with fire,
you will wet your bed.

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The first dream of a new year
will come true

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Breaking a comb or the cloth strap of a “geta” wooden sandal will bring misfortune.

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

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You'll get bad luck if you talk back to someone talking in their sleep.

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If your nose itches, someone that you know will have a baby.

daisetsu national park If you sneeze once, you're being spoken of well. If you sneeze twice, the opposite is true. Three times and someone loves you, and four times, you have a cold.

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If your ear itches, you'll hear good news.

daisetsu national park If you are the middle person in a picture with two others in it, you will soon die or suffer a hard tragedy.

daisetsu national park If the first person you meet on any given day is a woman, you will have good luck. If it is a Buddhist priest, be prepared for a bad day.

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