Archive for July 10, 2010

The nest is a lucky charm

July 10, 2010 4 comments

There are a lot of convenience stores in Japan and you can live comfortably due to them. I’ve recently fed up with their awful taste of bentou, though.

I saw something cute when I dropped by a convenience store. I’ll introduce it to you.

I found several traffic cones right in front of the store. I saw why they were placed. A couple of swallows nested under the eaves and were growing thier young.


It’s been a long time for me to see such a nest. In my region, it is said that nests of swallows are lucky. Swallows eat a lot of kinds of insects which are harmful to human, especially farmers. It is also said that no swallows nest in house which is likely to fire. It means, they say swallows tend to nest on houses which the residents keep tidy. The owner of the store know such superstitions enough and believe in them.

They also say that it is going to rain when swallows fly lower. I don’t know why, but I guess insects are prone to fly lower on the ground when it is going to rain, and swallows fly either in order to catch them.

“It’s quite nostalgic but… they must carpet-bomb their shits on the ground…that’s why the owner isolated the space with traffic cones.” thinking like that, I looked down at the ground…I was right. lol


The owner of the store must clean up the ground with a mop or something frequently, hoping his/her success on business.

Categories: Japanese Culture
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