Posted by: Vanessa
what have you dreamed? ^^
This morning, I learned from Tomoyuki-san, that there is the famous and beautiful tradition in Japan to believe, that the contents of you first dream would foretell the luck of the dreamer in the ensuing year.
This tradition is called Hatsuyume 初夢, the Japanese word for the first dream, you have in the new year!
So you may think - "Oh no, I can't remember my dream of Dec 31 to Jan 1 or I didn't sleep this night!".
It's planned in, that you wouldn't have much sleep in this night.
And because of this, Hatsuyume means the dream from January 1 to January 2. ^^
There is an old saying:
"Ichi-fuji, ni-taka, san-nasubi."
It indicates the three best things to have in your first dream.
If you dream of Mt. Fuji, a hawk or an eggplant, you will have a lucky year.
There are a few different theories about this.
One of them is Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest mountain.
A hawk is a intelligent and strong bird.
The word for eggplant (nasubi or nasu) has the same sound as the word "nasu" which means achieving something great.
The Japanese in ancient times were very convinced of the power of the Hatsuyume. So they try really hard dreaming of any of the above.
It was already well known that it is very likely that the things you have seen during the day might appear in your dream. So many people would travel to Mount Fuji, or at least look at paintings of it, try to get an eggplant or watch the sky for hawks. ^^
Maybe you asked you now, what I have dreamed?
No Mount Fuji, no hawk, no eggplant. ^^
I was dreaming, that I have to work in a big kitchen and have to bake a huge cake in the shape of a cat. And this baked cat should have a blue and white pattern.
I really get desperated, because I didn't know, how to bake such a cake. ^^ And then my alarm clock was ringing (fortunately :D)!
But it's fun to think about dreams, right! ^^
Maybe you can ask your friends and family members, what they have dreamed last night, too! ^^
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Posted by: Vanessa (January 2, 2012 9:29 AM)