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thomas

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Guest Ginny Kulesa asked:

Can you tell me what does the turtle symbolize in Japan?
 

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Without claiming any expertise in this field, there are two possible explanations related to the symbol of tortoise in Japan:

  1. In Japanese tales and legends turtles are usually said to live "ten thousand years", thus they represent longevity.
  2. Don't get me wrong, but "turtle head" (kitou) is a strictly medical term referring to male genitalia. It is of course also used in popular slang.[/list=1]

    We hope that helped!
 
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Konnichiwa thomas-san!
Yes, turtle is a symbol of long life.
And a soft shelled turtle is a symbol of persistent man(or unpleasant fellow).:D
There is a proverb "Tsuki to suppon" in Japan.
"Tsuki" is the moon and is a synonym for beautiful.
"to" means "And".
"Suppon" is a soft shelled turtle. Of course "Suppon" means "dirty".
"Tsuki to suppon" is "Moon and soft shelled turtle" in literal translation but means "It is as different as day and night".:D

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There're some good explainations in ニ但ニ遅ニ知窶ケツエ窶凪?壺?邸ツ≫┐ツ渉、窶弭ナ?X . If you have a chance, rent this anime. Interesting one.
 
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