Friday, September 9, 2011

September 9th

There are lucky numbers in the world. And probably they are different depending on the country and custom.

In Japan, generally, even numbers are not favored, because they can be divided, signifying parting and breaking. Many people imagine 1,3,5,7 as good numbers.
But nine is not considered to be a lucky number. It's because nine is "ku" in Japanese which means suffering and agony.

1/1(January 1st) is New Year's Day, 3/3 is Dolls Festival  (Girls Day), 5/5 is Children's Day (Boys Day), 7/7 is Star Festival. They are all special days and people celebrate these days (especially family with small kids)

9/9 is not so popular now, but in ancient times, September 9th was a special day called "Chrysanthemum Day" to wish for longevity. They say chrysanthemum flowers were displayed and people drank chrysanthemum-floating rice wine.

By the way, my favorite number is "3", because I was born on March 3rd.

What is your lucky number?


  1. My lucky number is, if I'm not mistaken, 15,352.

  2. I'm not good at math, so I don't think any numbers are lucky! I do love the cheery chrysanthemum, though. :)

  3. I don't have a particular lucky number, but I have always preferred even numbers to odd. Probably because when we learned to count by 2's we started with Ecen numbers first -- 2, 4, 6, etc.

  4. Mr. Tsuyama, Jane, Ila, thank you for giving me your answers. It's fun to find the diversity.