Wednesday, October 18, 2006
2006.10.18 *Unlucky numbers
this is a new parking lot across the street from my apartment building. (they recently tore down a building to make it.) they skipped the numbers four and nine. they are considered bad luck in Japan. the Japanese word for "4" and "death" are pronounced the same, "shi". and the Japanese words for "9" and "agony/pain" are both pronounced, "ku". so they are very unpopular numbers, especially for anything involving cars and also for hospital room number.