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In Western cultures, the number 13 is considered unlucky. In Japan, there are a few numbers that are considered bad luck. Why is that? It's due to their pronunciation related to other unfavorable words.

The number 4 can be pronounced as shi , which is the same word for death.

There are a few variations of the number 4 that are also considered "bad". Twenty-four (24) can be read as nishi にし, which translates to double death. Forty-two (42) or shini しに also translates to death. Forty-three (43), or shisan しさんsounds similar to shizan しざん or stillbirth. And everyone's favorite number, 420, or shinirei しにれい sounds similar to shinrei 心霊しんれい or dead spirit.

 

https://www.tofugu.com/japan/number-four-superstition/

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