Episode 2: Hatsu-yume – 初夢

Episode 2: Hatsu-yume – 初夢

Hatsu-yume is the first dream you have in the New Year. In Japan there is a saying: ichi fuji, ni taka, san nasubi. Which means the luckiest dream you can have is of Mt. Fuji, the second luckiest thing to see in a dream is a hawk, and the third is an eggplant.

In this podcast I tell you why an eggplant is considered prosperous and also talk about the little known fourth, fifth, and sixth lucky things to dream about to guarantee a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.


Notes: The intro/outro music of Uncanny Japan is a song by Christiaan Virant (“Yi Gui” from Ting Shuo).  The whole album is just gorgeous as it everything else by FM3.

6 thoughts on “Episode 2: Hatsu-yume – 初夢

  1. Hatsu-comment: Intersting, Thersa! Didn’t know about the first dream thing…btw, the birds chirping, seriously, you didn’t add them in post-production? Nice touch! Anyways, very educational, keep up the good work!!

    1. Wayne! Thank you so much for giving this a listen. I’m still kicking the tires and trying to figure out how to open the hood, but it’s certainly a lot of fun. Those are totally my Tree Birds. Noisy as crap, they are. Those mics are freaking amazing.

  2. I love the nuances of a language: the way it grows to fit a group of people at a particular time. In Spain, they actually had a government office that prescribed how words should be used. (I’m not sure they continue to do that.) I love the stories how the first Oxford-English Dictionary came about. It took decades for just one volume.

    1. Yes! Me, too. Language and cultural is endlessly fascinating to me. I didn’t know that about the government office in Spain.

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