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Hatsuyume

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Hatsuyume

"Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu." "Hatsuyume" is the first dream that you have in the New Year. 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. Why? There are a few different theories about this, but one of them is Mt. Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain, a hawk is a intelligent and strong bird, and the word for eggplant (nasubi or nasu) has the same sound as the word "nasu" which means achieving something great.

Japanese Translation

明けましておめでとうございます。初夢とは新年に最初に見る夢のことです。古いことわざに”一富士、二鷹、三茄子”というものがあります。これは初夢に見ると縁起が良いとされているものです。なぜかって?これについてはいくつかの説がありますが、そのうちのひとつは富士山は日本で一番高い山、鷹は賢く強い鳥、茄子は事を”成す”と掛け言葉であるという理由によります。

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

"Hatsuyume" is the first dream that you have in the New Year.

  • Hatsuyume towa shinnen ni saishoni miru yume no koto desu.

  • はつゆめとは しんねんに さいしょに みるゆめ のことです。

  • 初夢とは新年に最初に見る夢のことです。

Learn More

Check out "New Year's Holidays" to learn how the Japanese celebrate the arrival of the new year.

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