Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

View topic - The Fingers

The Fingers

Post questions and answers about living or visiting Japan or the culture

The Fingers

Postby AmaiChi » Sun 02.10.2008 4:04 am

Does each finger have it's own meaning.
On a Japanese drama(One Pound Gospel) Kousaku held up his pinky while saying "Promise". Is this what a pinky represents? If so what do the other fingers mean?
You all fear me, AmaiChi. *cackle*
AmaiChi
 
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue 12.12.2006 10:55 pm

RE: The Fingers

Postby gfunk » Sun 02.10.2008 4:35 am

Check this link:
http://thejapanesepage.com/readarticle. ... cle_id=100

I haven't really asked any Japanese people about the meaning of their other fingers... haha. so maybe someone else can help me on that one...
User avatar
gfunk
 
Posts: 59
Joined: Sat 10.06.2007 11:56 pm

RE: The Fingers

Postby katafei » Sun 02.10.2008 4:49 am

there is some more on fingers here


.
We are all but images of our time
User avatar
katafei
 
Posts: 1766
Joined: Sun 07.09.2006 9:56 am
Location: A'veen
Native language: Dutch; Female

RE: The Fingers

Postby arbalest71 » Sun 02.10.2008 4:57 am

AmaiChi wrote:
Does each finger have it's own meaning.
On a Japanese drama(One Pound Gospel) Kousaku held up his pinky while saying "Promise". Is this what a pinky represents? If so what do the other fingers mean?


I don't know about all of the fingers, but the pinky is used for promising. Children link pinkies to seal a promise. It is called "yubikiri".
--

I have it on good authority that I\'m a weirdo, doing weird science.
arbalest71
 
Posts: 142
Joined: Wed 10.11.2006 8:44 pm

RE: The Fingers

Postby saraLynne » Sun 02.10.2008 7:35 am

That particular one isn't limited to Japan, either. When I was a child, we always used the"pinky swear" to make promises. :)
Image
User avatar
saraLynne
 
Posts: 349
Joined: Wed 07.05.2006 3:02 am

RE: The Fingers

Postby Dehitay » Sun 02.10.2008 12:19 pm

Each finger also has a family relationship attached. Going from thumb to pinky: father, mother, older brother, older sister, younger brother. I believe they use this system in Japanese sign language too. I've heard a number of stories where Japanese sign language users came to the US and surprised a few people while talking about their older brother or eldest son.
www.bananamonkeyninja.com
The only webcomic endorsed by Banana Monkey Ninja
User avatar
Dehitay
 
Posts: 1010
Joined: Fri 09.08.2006 8:36 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Native language: English
Gender: Male


Return to Culture and Info about living in Japan

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests