Random Japanese Fact of the Day Prt.38
The number four (‘shi’) is widely avoided in Japan since it sounds too similar to the Japanese word for death. Keep an eye out in Japan and you’ll notice buildings don’t have a fourth floor, items are sold in sets of three or five and special care is taken to avoid encountering the number in daily life.
What happens if a child's four?
Apart from that, nice post[about the number 4]. ^-^
2 + 2 = 5 now :p
That is the most interesting unlucky number I've heard of. In England it's the number 13. They don't have a number 13 surgery room because they think it'll bring "bad luck".
To me, I just seem to prefer even numbers over odd ones. I dunno why XD When I was a kid I used to imagine it like the odd numbers were evil and the even numbers were good... Or maybe it was just because times tables with even numbers are easier than those with odd... I was a weirdo ;p ...and I still am.
I guess I'm the fourth person to comment. (dang it.) XD
Glad to hear from you again.
Update: I guess I'm in second place on this post. Things are looking up. :)
Update: Okay, I was in second place yesterday, but being in third place is still cool.
Interesting... Out of curiosity, is there a "lucky" number? I know that the number 5 in Thailand is lucky. Does Japan have something similar?
Yes: 7, 8, and 6.
I haven't completed the tree yet, but the only time i know they use "shi" is when they count from 1 to 10, and the other is something month related, but when you say "bigger numbers" you only use "yon" (like: yonjuuyon/四十四 = 44)
I just been to Tokyo last week it was a magical land. very beautiful green for miles and surrounded by mountains and the land is so clean, no rubbish anywhere, the food was amazing. we were walking and taking the train to and fro but I know I packed on some pounds. anyone who travels need to go atleast once. my sister went to Osaka the week after I went. I think there was a concert in japan with California raisins with only three of them for that reason concerning the op. I think I been to akihabara and certainly saw a 4th level on the elevator so I don't know how much that superstition sticks, or maybe its a regional thing
Yon - kun'yomi; Shi - on'yomi
"Shi" is synonymous to death, so they use "yon" more often.
uh, no it isn't. or may be i should the opposite is also true.
look at peoples number plates (which depending on the circumstances you can choose,) lots of people have gone for 4, 44, 4-44, or 44-44. they want you to know they are bad ass (as they imagine anyway.) so, yeah it's not "widely" avoided and in the most noticeable places you will see it used by certain people.
It seems like avoiding certain numbers is common all over the world. In the US, and other places, numbers like 13 and 666 are considered bad luck. Some buildings go from the 12th floor to the 14th floor with no 13th floor. Some people, if their purchase comes to $6.66 will add an item, like a pack of gum, just to avoid that amount. There are exceptions though. Room 13 at a hotel...bad. A baker's dozen of donuts...good.
I didn't notice any buildings skipping the fourth floor while I was in Tokyo. Even my hotel room was on the 4th floor at one of the hotels I stayed at.