This past week we had two days of note. The first was the Friday the 13th. Many Japanese when I asked them what they know about Friday the 13th most people answered “Jason right”. This is of coarse a reference to the Friday the 13th movies. This gave me a good laugh. First let me say that The movie was named after the day not the other way around. Please know that in most western culture the number “13” has close to the same meaning as the number “4” has here is Japan. Some older building don’t have a 13th floor and you won’t normal see a room number 13. So why is Friday the 13th a bad day?
There are some stories about Jesus’s last supper but, the story that make the most sense is that of the Knights Templar. For those of you who do not know who or what the Knights Templar where. In the 11th century the first holy crusades started (if you don’t know about the Crusades please research for your self, it is a very large topic with a lot of information, sorry) For now understand that there was many crusades between the Christians and the Muslims over Jerusalem. These wars brought together a group of Knights that gave up their lands and titles to serve God. They basically became Ronin, answering to no country or other masters. After many years this group gained a lot of power and money, even started a bank. As time went on some of the powers in Europe started to not like the idea of a large fighting group that also had money and power. The French King Philip the IV even owed money to them. To solve this problem King Philip and others put the Knights Templar up on charges of treason and witchcraft, as well as other charges. The Knights Templar group was arrested or killed on Friday, 13 October 1307. This was seen as proof of a very bad luck day.
The other day this week was Valentine day here in Japan. It was really strange to get so many Valentine chocolates, even from the owner of my apartment. In America Valentines Day the men give women they like “or love “ a gift . Chocolates, clothing, jewelry ect. And most time a nice special dinner or lunch. Of coarse there is no white day. I must say I like the Japanese Valentines day much better.