Monday, January 07, 2013

The University of Tsukuba Cross Cultural Awareness and English Trimester 3 Week 4

the kallahHello everyone! Welcome back. Today we are going to review what we've learned about love and marriage in Botwana, China and Crete. Then we'll learn about some Jewish wedding traditions.

First, let's review some vocabulary. Please click the link: Cross cultural awareness and English vocabulary. After you have studied for five minutes, scan pages 147 and 148 in your textbook. Add any words you don't know to our vocabulary flashcard set.

Now let's learn about superstitions have Jewish wedding customs special.

What do you think of the superstitions you have read about. Are you superstitious? Can you think of any superstitions associated with Japanese wedding customs? Please post a comment.


  1. Arisa.I12:57 pm

    I think that these superstitions is people's wishes. Everyone want to do happy wedding. I'm not superstitious so much. But I am nervous about omens to ease my mind.
    In Japanese wedding custome, people munstn't give glass and knife to new couple because glass means break and knife means cut. Both them are inauspicious for new couple.

  2. Saki.H2:37 pm

    I think they expect the couple would be happy whatever happened. I’m superstitious. I hope so by believing them.
    In Japan, it is said that we shouldn’t give tea as a present at wedding. It is probably because we often use tea as a present at a Buddhist service. This superstition also hopes not to bring bad things.

  3. I like these superstitions because everyone who celebrates the couple can represent their blessings to them by doing those things at the wedding. And people can unite against demons and anyone who did not with the couple well to protect the bride and groom. Even though people may don’t believe the existence of demon, it is important that the hearts of the people are one for the couple.
    I am not superstitious however some of superstitions make me feel happy. For example, when I see a spider in the morning, something good happen to me.
    In the old Japanese calendar there is one of the six days called Butsumetsu. In Japanese superstition, it is very unlucky day so that people don’t have a wedding on that day. But recently some young couples get married on Butsumetsu because it is easy to make a reservation of a ceremonial hall and the cost is cheaper.

  4. Akihiko.H8:28 pm

    I think these superstitions include religious aspects. Although I'm not so superstitious, I have what is important for me as well as their belief is so. Therefore I can understand their sense of superstitions.
    By the way, in the Edo period, syukugen, the wedding ceremony at that time, had been held in front of tokonoma, a Japanese alcove. This is becouse there is sacred place where the god lives. In the past wedding ceremonies were closely related to a religion than these days in Japan.

  5. I think that superstitions are just metaphor of fortunes or misfortunes although I often care of some superstitions.
    Most of people want grooms and brides to be happy.They also hope the marriage lives work out well. However, the marriage lives sometimes involve various problems. Therefore I think people follow the traditional superstitions to pray that grooms and brides can avoid having problems in their marriage life.
    I also think if there were no superstitions,wedding ceremonies wouldn`t have some customs and practices. It would be miserable.
    Many Japanese care about the day of wedding. It`s called Rokuyoh. It is a traditional system for assigning one of six names to each day of the lunar calender. Each of the six days is associated with particular beliefs about good or bad fortunes, and some events, particularly weddings and funerals. Many wedding couples prefer to have a wedding on a lucky day and avoid having wedding on Buddha`s death day on the Japanese calender.Recently some people don`t care of it. Recently many people choose their own style wedding. I feel it is good. On the other hand, some traditional customs and practices have been forgotten. I feel sorry for that.

  6. Miyu . K1:46 am

    I don't believe superstitions. So I am not superstitious, but I think superstitions make our lives interesting and funny. Superstitions are very interesting!! If superstitions were not interesting, no superstitions exist now!!
    In Japan,the date of wedding marriage ceremony is very important. It is 'ohigara'. Most of Japanese couple decide the date referring to ohigara. For example, they have marriage ceremony on Taian because it is said that Taian is good day, and they don't want to have it on Butsumetsu because Butsumetsu is unlucky day.

  7. S.Arai10:57 am

    I am not superstitious, but I think that we should treasure these customs. Most of superstitions are the wisdoms that of the ancients. For example,Japanese superstition says "If you cut your nails at night, you won't see your parents on their deathhead." This superstition means "It's dangerous to cut your nail in the dark!"
    I don't know the detail, but I think Japanese wedding also have many superstitous customs. We can judge people to be decent from they following or not these customs.

  8. Taichi.M12:04 pm

    As you know, there are a lot of superstitions in Japan.
    For example, only about wedding, it is thought that "Taian day" is liked for wedding and that even number, especially 8, brings good luck to couples.
    I almost don't believe it, however i think interesting!
    Wedding ceremony is so cultural that it is natural that wedding is associated with tradition.
    Superstitions are culture!

  9. Sayaka.H12:11 pm

    I think people believe superstitions, then want to feel relief.
    Maybe I'm superstitious. It is difficult for our to believe something invisible, but because invisible, we don't know what exist probably.
    In Japan, it is said that a bride tosses a bouqet, someone who receives it will get married next.

  10. Ayaka.K12:33 pm

    I think Jewish wedding superstitions are very interesting and persuasive. I am superstitious,so I believe it.
    In Japan,there is a proverb "otya wo nigosu",which means dodging. So we do not have green tea but do have oolong for weddings.

  11. Akiho.T1:00 pm

    I don't believe superstitions so much.But there are many superstitions.So I think there are also a lot of people who believe them and pass to others.And I think many superstitions are strongly related to culture.

  12. Keita.I1:05 pm

    Superstition make their culture and their life.
    So I think it is very important for them.
    I don`t know superstitions associated with Japanese wedding customs.
    But I know Japanese custom from Western Europe.
    It is bouquet toss.
    If a person receive flowers which a bride throw,she will be marriage next.
    It is very fun!!!
    People are very desperate.

  13. Chihiro.n1:25 pm

    I think I am superstitious. If I make something not to follow superstition,it should worry me all day long.

    I don’t know so much about superstition of Japanese wedding, but it should be in our society.
    Of course, I know superstition is not true in scientific perspective, but it is important in society to show your wishes of happiness of people around you.