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    Japenese Superstitions

    Ok, so recently, I was talking to my friend who is a HUGE Jap. fan(she even sounds like she speaks it fluently, even though sometimes she doesn't know what she says) in part because she's philipino . Anyways, I was talking to her about the beauties of Disney and TDL(because she'll live in Tokyo and me in New Zealand and we'll swap houses ) and she mentioned a tradition of the japanese. She said that it is absolute bad luck to go to TDL on a first date. She says no matter what they're gonna break up because it's engraved in their culture. She also said that it was good luck to go on a 2nd date, then the relationship will last. I found this pretty funny and cute. Are there any other TDR superstitions anyone would like to share?

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    You mean superstition. Based on what I've read Japanese culture is very intertwined with superstitions. It's like the whole country has OCD.

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    Yeah, Tokyo Disneyland is seen as a pinnacle of dating for couples (mainly by the women). So, once you've taken your sweetheart there, there is nowhere to go but down. Many Japanese I know say that but it's all in jest of course. There is no truth to it really.

    On the other hand, be careful to check your toilet stall for any hidden microcameras.

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    Talking about superstitions on Friday the 13th,is that wise?

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    I meant superstitions, its just my brain is stupid and i realized my mistake the day after I posted when I was taking a shower :P.

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    This is not a superstition but a bit of trivia. You know how many Japanese give the "peace symbol" in photographs? Well, Disney characters are not allowed to do that. I've seen countless times when young ladies asked Mickey or Minnie to do the gesture while posing for a picture. Those mice never budged. Later I found out about the rule.

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    i think the hongkong disney resort wins the prize for being the most supersitious as they have removed the entire 4th floors from both hotels as 4 is an unlucky number apparently.
    i checked it out when i was there last week and the buttons in the elevator go 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7.

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    Quote Originally Posted by it398 View Post
    i think the hongkong disney resort wins the prize for being the most supersitious as they have removed the entire 4th floors from both hotels as 4 is an unlucky number apparently.
    i checked it out when i was there last week and the buttons in the elevator go 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7.
    That's because the number 4, when spoken in Chinese, sounds just like their pronunciation for the word "death".
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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    Quote Originally Posted by TDR_Fan View Post
    That's because the number 4, when spoken in Chinese, sounds just like their pronunciation for the word "death".
    The Japanese have the same superstition for the same reason. However, the hotels have 4th floors anyways.

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeInJpn View Post
    The Japanese have the same superstition for the same reason. However, the hotels have 4th floors anyways.

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    Is that why they use "yon" instead of "shi" when referring to the number 4?
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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    For ordinals and counting objects, usually the "yon" reading is used. The "shi" reading is used in some special situations and when reciting the single-digit numbers such as ichi (1), ni (2), san (3), shi (4), go (5), etc. But "yon" can be used in this case too.

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    Re: Japenese suspicions

    四 <This kanji is read as either "shi" or "yon", just as Joe said. It means 4.

    死 <This kanji is read as "shi", too, but it's paired with hiragana ぬ (nu) is read as 死ぬ (shinu) which means "to die".

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