10.10.2006

You Are Scheduled to Be Lucky One Week From Friday

You Are Scheduled to Be Lucky One Week From Friday

My friend Eric up and moved from Kentucky to Japan almost a year ago. His wife Kathleen and their two cute kiddlings came, too. I really enjoy reading about their experiences, especially Eric's insights into fundamental but often transparent cultural differences. Take for instance, this week's entry on the Japanese calendar system. Understanding its dual nature and the ways in which days are categorized is not something a casual visitor might even care about, but I am guessing this knowledge is critical for long-term residents or business folk. Here's my favorite quote:

In Japan you never say "Today must be my lucky day," because your lucky day is the same as everyone else's, and it's already on the calendar.

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