Found out yesterday that the Japanese have a preference for odd numbers over even numbers as odd numbers are harder to split up whereas it’s easy to do so with even numbers. And division/separation is not desired. This is depicted in their culture as well where pagodas are built in 5 or 7 stores (the ones I’ve seen) and the kids will visit shrines when they are 3, 5, 7 and so forth. Read more here in this article I found
My favourite number is 5 :)
I was in Nara yesterday and hung out with a local volunteer guide for a couple of hours as she showed me the historical sites of Nara (the ancient capital of Japan before Kyoto). As we walked around the temples and the gardens, she shared that there’s 3 types of trees in Japan that are considered lucky trees
Pine trees - evergreen and hence, “ever-life”
Bamboo trees - strong, firm and straight. Symbolizes a lot about the Japanese spirit
Plum trees - the first to flower in spring.
The magnificent looking Lake Toya - a volcanic caldera lake in Hokkaido. As blue as the sky.
Natural spring water @ Makkari. Very refreshing. Plenty of people brought along their water bottles to fill up with the water from here.