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OZONI IS A BROTH CONTAINING RICE CAKES AND VEGE-
TABLES. WE EAT IT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT IS GOOD
LUCK TO DO SO (AT HOME).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): JAPAN?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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CUSTOM

AT SOCIAL AFFAIRS OR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, JAPANESE WOMEN WEAR
TRADITIONAL CEREMONIAL DRESS, ARE USUALLY SEATED, HAVE A QUIETLY NICE
TIME (AS IT IS IMPOLITE TO LAUGH ALOUD OR TO MOVE TOO MUCH AT FORMAL
GATHERINGS). THEY EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN A SUPPRESSED FORM, BY SMILES
BOWS, A FEW GESTURES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): JAPANESE WOMEN SOCIAL

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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POLISH JOKE

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLACK WHO WENT DOWN TO CITY HALL FOR
HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE? IT WAS SO CROWDED HE GOT IN THE WRONG
LINE. NOW HE IS THE ONLY GUY IN THE WORLD MARRIED TO A SUBARU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): SUBARU IS AN AUTOMOBILE, MADE IN JAPAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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FOLKLORE OF GOOD LUCK

IN JAPAN, BAMBOO IS HUNG IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE HOUSE TO GIVE ITS
STRENGTH TO WARD OFF SICKNESS AND TO BE ABLE TO KEEP WORKING.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Holistic ; Japan ; LUCK ; PLANT ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: CA00001935

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PRIEST AND LUCK

JAPANESE BELIEVE THAT A PERSON WILL HAVE BAD LUCK IF THE FIRST
PERSON HE MEETS ON THE STREET IS A BUDDIST (BUDDHIST) PRIEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): JAPANESE BELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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GOOD LUCK

IN JAPAN, IT IS A VILLAGE BELIEF THAT WHEN STANDING ON A CERTAIN
ROCK FOUND ON A BEACH, ONE SEES THE EMPEROR, GOOD LUCK FOR ONE
YEAR WILL BE HIS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Keyword(s): JAPANESE BELIEF ; NUMBERS: ONE ; TIME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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Japanese Snake Medicine

Japanese may eat snakes because of their belief in its medicinal value, especially when charred black.

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Motifs added by T.R. Davidson

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COOKING ; Culinary ; CURE ; Japanese ; MEDICINE ; Natural Remedy ; PREVENTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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MING TOY LOVED A BOY, HAPPY LITTLE JAPANESE;
OOO LONG WAS HIS NAME, SET HER HEART AFLAME;
ONE DAY HE SAY SOON I GOTTA GO AWAY,
WHEN HE LEAVE MING TOY GRIEVE; EVERYBODY HEARD HER SAY_HAY_HAY;
SO LONG, OOO ONG, HOW LONG YOU GONNA BE GONE;
SO DON,T BE TOO LONG, OOO LONG, HURRY BACK HOME;
OH YOU LITTLE JAPANESE. I'LL BE WAITING UNDERNEATH THE BAMBOO TREE;
PLEASE DON,T BE TOO LONG, OOO LONG, HURRY BACK HOME.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): ; Asian ; Chinese ; ETHNIC ; HUMOROUS INTERNAL RHYME ; Japanese ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Sorrow Unhappiness

Date learned: 02-02-1972

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FOOD BELIEF

WHILE LIVING IN JAPAN MY MOTHER OBSERVED THE JAPANESE
CUSTOM OF PUTTING FRUIT AROUND TOMBSTONES IN THE CEMETERIES.
THE JAPANESE DID THIS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT THE SPIRITS OF THE
DECEASED COME OUT AT NIGHT AND EAT THE FRUIT.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; FOOD ; Japan ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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MOUNTAIN BELIEF

THOSE WHO LEAP INTO THE SACRED MOUNTAIN
OF FUJIYAMA ARE NOT CONDEMNED.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

Keyword(s): ; Condemn ; Fujiyama ; Japan ; Legend ; Lore ; MOUNTAIN ; Region ; SALVATION ; Volcano

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Running water Man made current.

Date learned: 02-05-1970

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Japanese custom

Otoso, known as a sweet sake or rice wine, is to be drunk in
the morning of New Year's Day to welcome the new year.

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Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): Celebration ; CUSTOM ; FESTIVAL ; holiday ; Japan ; Japanese ; New Year ; Otoso ; Rice ; Rice Wine ; Sake ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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