[Tradition] What will you see in "Hatsuyume"?

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Jan 1, 2015 23:27
[Tradition] What will you see in "Hatsuyume"?

In Japan, there is a traditional custom to tell one's fortune for new year from what he/she see in the first dream of the year. The first dream of the new year is called "Hatsuyume" in Japanese. In the concept of Hatsuyume, the first dream is generally supposed to be the one you see in the night between the 1st and the 2nd of January (some people argue it is the night of 2nd of January, though).

There are several items which are supposed to be a sign of good luck if you see in Hatsuyume. It is believed that the best one is "Mt.Fuji", the second is "Hawk", and the third is "Eggplant". There is the traditional expression to remember it as one sentence like a spell phrase, which is "Ichi fuji ni taka san nasubi". It can be word-for-word translated to "One Fuji, Two Hawk, Three Eggplant."

The reason why Mt.Fuji is a lucky item is because of its shape which is broaden towards the end. The reason for Hawk is because it can rise to sky high like rising fortune. However, the reason for Eggplant is a little hard to explain as it involves some play on words in Japanese.

As you all know, an eggplant is normally glossy and has no hair. "Hair" is "Ke" in Japaneses, therefore "It has no hair" is "Ke ga nai" in Japanese (Ke=hair, ga=particle for the subject, nai=not exist). However, if "ke" and "ga" are combined, it becomes "kega" which means "injury", so "Kega nai" means "No injury". Therefore, Egglant is an item symbolizing no misfortune.

I wonder if you will see any of them in your Hatsuyume?
初夢で何を見るかな?

日本には伝統的な「初夢」という慣わしがあります。新年の最初の夢で見たものでその年を占うというものです。日本語で「初夢」」といいます。一般的に初夢は1月1日から2日にかけての夜に見た夢を指します(2日の夜という説もたまにあります)。

初夢に見ると縁起が良いものがいくつかあります。一番縁起が良いのが富士山(ふじさん)、二番目が鷹(たか)、そして三番目が茄子(なす)です。昔からこれを覚える呪文のようなフレーズがあります。「一富士、二鷹、三茄子(いちふじ、にたか、さんなすび)」というものです。

富士山が縁起がいい理由はその形が末広がり(すえひろがり)だからです。そして鷹が縁起が良いのは、空高く昇り、運気の上昇を象徴しているからです。ただし、茄子の理由は、日本語の語呂合わせが入っているので説明がやや難しいです。

皆さんご存知の通り、茄子はつるつるで毛が生えていません。だから「毛がない」。それが転じて「怪我ない(けがない)」ということで、災いがないということになりました。

さて、あなたは初夢でこのどれかを見るかな?