The “Tirolle” Chocolate Company does some extremely cute things with chocolate. So I was pleased to see the following at my local supermarket.
If you are like me, you are clueless as to what it represents. This took some detective work for me. I asked the cashier if she knew what was on the box, and she said, “Oh, yes!!!!! It’s very famous.” I asked her how to pronounce it and she said, “Fukushin.” (I thought. You will find out in a second that I misheard her.)
So I go home and google “Fukushin”. I get restaurants and such, but nothing resembling the box. I google “Tiro Fukushin” and nothing. (I assume correctly that the チロ”Tiro” in the title refers to the company’s name: Tirolle.)
Anyway, I need help. BIG help.
Honey, darling, husband? He’s the man I go to when I am flummoxed.
So he tells me it says, “Fukujin.” FUKUJIN!!!!!!!!!!!! Agh. (This is why Japanese is so hard.) And the actual title is Shichi Fukujin.
So I google it and find they are the Seven Lucky Gods.
So I bought a box for my Japanese class and set it up. I was pretty excited. I think I was the only one who was excited! LOL There was more chocolate in the box than I expected.
Okay, this gets even weirder. I was at the local post office the same week…and I SAW THE SEVEN LUCKY GODS!!!!!!!! Imagine that. They are following me around. It’s like, I spend twenty years in Japan not even noticing them, then BAM. There they are.
This is a post office catalogue for “Lucky Bags.” (Fuku Bukuro)
Pay attention next time you see these cute little guys! They are the SEVEN LUCKY GODS!!!!!!!!!!!!
For those of you in a multilingual situation, I wanted to direct your attention to this great list by Trilingual Mama. It is a list of families doing the “Language Thing”. I found my own name on it. I’m famous. http://www.trilingualmama.com/multilingual-family-blogs/
And for the curious among you–Yes! My American mom had the power to see into the future and knew that I would someday live in Japan which is why she gave me a Japanese name. (Although she claims she got the name from a soap opera. Yeah, right, MOM.)