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Re: Who can answer this? [Re: Prof.Pickles] #1172495
04/01/09 08:43 AM
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Yes # 4 is an unlucky number in Japan, and could mean
death in some cases.There are two ways of saying 4, yon and shi,
Shi means "death"

And # 9
You pronounce “kyuu” or “ku” for 9.
For example, “kyuusai” means 9 years old.
“kugatsu” means September.
“ku” also has some different meanings and one of them is “pain, suffering”, 苦 in kanji.
That’s why 9 is unlucky for Japanese, too.

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Re: Who can answer this? [Re: Bear 1] #1172519
04/01/09 09:50 AM
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It is a common sense to avoid using 4 in Japan (more than in China). As for 9, as Bear 1 said, it sounds like Kanji character “nigai." In fact, the number 9 in China has carried some really positive meanings like long-lasting and abundance and been used to refer to the mighty power in heaven and therefore the imperial families in Chinese history. As for 9 in Japan, since 9 is not a bad number in Buddhist contexts (9 monks always serve together in Buddhist rituals), I doubt it would be taken strongly as 4 in a country like Japan with so many devoted Buddhists. This may explain why we don't see 4 used ANYWHERE but find 9th floor, No.9 Bus, No.9 trains in Japan.


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Re: Who can answer this? [Re: Miffy] #1172530
04/01/09 10:10 AM
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And I thought that this was going to be an April Fool's Joke!


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Re: Who can answer this? [Re: lilylady] #1172544
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Originally Posted by lilylady
And I thought that this was going to be an April Fool's Joke!


It's hard to know what it is at this point. The "death" meaning of the number four in Japan has been repeated by others five times since I first posted it on the fifth post of the thread.

Maybe 5 is unlucky for Keydip. grin

If that's the answer ( that he was looking for ), I would think he might have acknowledged it a long time ago. So I'm supposing it's a joke with a punchline.


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Re: Who can answer this? [Re: turandot] #1172666
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Hey Dot -

Was nothing more than a simple trivia question. Kawai Don's answer was correct. Please accept my HUMBLE apologies for not responding sooner. I do not have the luxury of monitoring PW 24/7 - busy working and paying taxes. smile


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Re: Who can answer this? [Re: KeyDip] #1172736
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Originally Posted by KeyDip
Hey Dot -

Was nothing more than a simple trivia question. Kawai Don's answer was correct. Please accept my HUMBLE apologies for not responding sooner. I do not have the luxury of monitoring PW 24/7 - busy working and paying taxes. smile


What a bunch of crap!

What is 'correct'? You were on the thread long enough to diss several responses, saying such things as "nope, wrong answer, nice try at distraction, no cigar" even while the correct answer was under your nose. And now, just it to make it unmistakably clear that your thread was a waste of time, you come back back here waving your HUMBLE-hardworking-American-paying-taxes banner. There's a Japanese word that perfectly describes your attitude here, but you wouldn't understand that either, so why bother.


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Re: Who can answer this? [Re: turandot] #1172741
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Originally Posted by turandot
Originally Posted by KeyDip
Hey Dot -

Was nothing more than a simple trivia question. Kawai Don's answer was correct. Please accept my HUMBLE apologies for not responding sooner. I do not have the luxury of monitoring PW 24/7 - busy working and paying taxes. smile


What a bunch of crap!

What is 'correct'? You were on the thread long enough to diss several responses, saying such things as "nope, wrong answer, nice try at distraction, no cigar" even while the correct answer was under your nose. And now, just it to make it unmistakably clear that your thread was a waste of time, you come back back here waving your HUMBLE-hardworking-American-paying-taxes banner. There's a Japanese word that perfectly describes your attitude here, but you wouldn't understand that either, so why bother.


Lighten up (and check your calendar). smile ha

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