In most Japanese souvenir shops one can find tiny frog figures, made from glass, clay, wood, you name it. Surely, they are very cute (I bought two already), but what’s the deal with them?
They are sold in such small sizes in order to fit into a purse or wallet. The Japanese name for frog, “kaeru” sounds the same as the word for “return”. Thus, if you keep a frog with your money, it is hoped that the money you spend will return to you!
I find this instance of Japanese everyday-life superstition really adorable. Everyone would like their money to return, and carrying a tiny frog can never hurt, right?
Things Japanese XI
March 13, 2010 by sevenbrane