Monday, May 4, 2015

Are you in “Yakudoshi” (Unlucky years)?

It is widely believed in Japan that “Yakudoshi” exists. Yakudoshi is the year that a lot of calamities may come to you.  It is first proposed in the Heian period.

Unlucky years called Yakudoshi in Japanese are different for men and women.
If you are a man, your Yakudoshi years are 4, 13, 25, 42 and 61 years old and if you are a woman, 4, 13, 19, 33, 37, 62 years old are in Yakudoshi.
It is believed that these people may experience something calamites. To avoid great misfortune which may happen, most of people in Yakudoshi go to a shrine to drive evil spirits.

The year before and after Yakudoshi is called “Maeyaku” and “Atoyaku”, so during these three years, bad things may happen to you!  Isn’t it a bit scary??