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    Okame/Otafuku

    "Much Good Fortune, "Tortoise" A lucky symbol for long life.

    Represents a lovely, always smiling Japanese woman

    who brings happiness and good fortune to any manshe marries.

    Also known as the Goddess of Mirth.

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    Sambaso

    "The third Oldest Man

    Performed as a greeting to the audience on

    behalf of the actor's performing that night

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    Tengu

    Some of the oldest mythological "deities" in Japan. Part bird and part man, they have wings and large

    noses or "beaks" .

    A phallic symbol indicative of fertility and good

    harvest.

    They inhabit trees, are good swordsmen, and are

    fond of playing tricks on human beings.

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    Kitsune

    Japanese Fox

    Both benevolent and malicious qualities.

    The Fox is believed to be the messenger of the God of Rice,

    while on the darker side, Foxes are said to have the ability totake the shape of humans, and trick and deceive them. The

    Fox is also said to possess Infinite Vision, an All-Hearing Ear,

    and the secrets of the souls of others. He is also said to have

    full knowledge of the Universal Past and Present.

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    Koomote

    Face of a young woman in a Noh play.

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    Hannya

    A representation of a Female Demon, and has also

    come to represent the face of a jealous woman, or a

    woman scorned.

    When Japanese women marry they traditionallywear a huge white headdress which is said "to hide

    the Horns of Jealousy".

    Represent darker side of Japanese women.

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    Women are viewed in

    two different ways

    depending on thereligion that dominates

    in that particular

    period

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    Pimiko ruled Japan

    in the third century.

    mature eyes.

    Women are

    established,

    Women are chaste

    and not given to

    jealousy.

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    Japanese superstitions

    The number four is considered inauspicious because it ispronounced the same as the word for death (shi).

    The number 9 is also considered bad, since

    its pronunciation (ku) can also mean pain and

    suffering. In many shrines, temple and souvenir shops, amulets

    are sold that are supposed to bring luck, safety or good

    fortune.

    A so called omikuji, a small pieces of paper are alsoavailble where it can predict your future.

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    Cutting your nails at night is bad

    Do not whistle at night

    If you dont finish your rice during every meal, you will go

    blind. There are also some imported superstitions like the

    belief about the black cat crossing the street in front of

    you is bad luck.

    If you lie down immediately after eating, you will become a

    cow.

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    Japanese Funeral superstitions

    According to Rokuyo, a version of the Japanese

    calendar that supposedly tells people when their luckiest

    and unluckiest days will be, the ideal day to schedule a

    funeral service is on Butsumetsu. On this day, people

    who have died are said to be most at-rest.

    The unluckiest day for a memorial service is on

    Tomobiki.

    -People often make another smaller coffin for the

    funeral, placing a doll inside.

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    If a funeral car passes you should hide your thumb.

    Do not sleep towards the North beacause bodies are laid

    down like that.

    When entering a funeral, toss salt over ones shoulder Do not stick your chopsticks upright into rice or food

    Food should never be passed between chopstick to

    chopstick

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    HUMAN BLOOD AS THE GREATEST

    SUPER GLUE EVER INVENTED.

    THE MYTH:

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    Can be compared to what the Filipinos

    believed to as, Tagabantay.

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