Originally posted by avarame
"Shi" is also the word for death, so it's avoided. I've read that sometimes hospitals and hotels will skip room number 4; in many ceremonies, great pains are taken to avoid the occurrence of sets of four. It's kinda like the Western "13" superstition but even bigger. So in some situations it's better to go with yon.
No more logical really than the revulsion or recoil response supersitious people or ideas themselves often seem to bring out. The real logic it seems would forthrightly and and matter-of-factly reason out the advantages, disadvantages functions and puposes, etc of superstitious behavior -- just to appreciate without judgement why it is so persistant even in outwardly Western places like Japan, Hong Kong, China and Korea.Originally posted by Maciamo
But people who believe in superstitions aren't logical beings. [/B]