https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

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.

June 26, 2019

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

What happens if a child's four?

Apart from that, nice post[about the number 4]. ^-^

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Esen.

They try killing them. (JK).

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Boomerang_Guy

7

October 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

What if they're born in 2004? ;p

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

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.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hi_Hopes_2

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.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deleted_Z

This is interesting, I like your facts Todocat

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beebee201909

now you have 4 upvotes :)

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LapisTrash

well heck

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cucumberman

What's the word for death?

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seattle_Scott

死 ・四

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

Shi, but with a different kanji

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/William_Pettit

Interesting... Out of curiosity, is there a "lucky" number? I know that the number 5 in Thailand is lucky. Does Japan have something similar?

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VitorAugus16

Isn't it more common to them pronounce it "Yon" instead of "Shi"?

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tatehu

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)

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YahavHaim

they say it a lot in anime

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jesse847293

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

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParkJimin307567

:000 Wow! that is VERY interesting.

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erik_sand

It's the same in Korean ;) 사(死) is death and 사(四) is 4.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZeldaAmber

i thought four was also yon? but thanks for the fact ^^

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cloudybazookas

Yon - kun'yomi; Shi - on'yomi

"Shi" is synonymous to death, so they use "yon" more often.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moneyg1

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.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bryan543597

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.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HughPerciv

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.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruby360784

I like your icon :-3

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruby360784

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July 10, 2019
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