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    Feng Shui in your Daily Life

    Although most Japanese people these days are unaware of it, the philosophy of Feng Shui is deeply woven into Japanese culture and customs. For example, the Japanese common phrase “Ki wotsukete. (Take care of yourself)” is a casual farewell greeting to wish safety to someone going out. However, this has a more profound meaning. is phrase literally means “Cover yourself in Qi (Ki means Qi in Japanese)”.

    It is a phrase to advise someone to take the positive power of Qi to ward o the bad Qi they may encounter. “Kimochi (mind)”, “Genki (vitality)”, “Huniki (atmosphere or mood)” … there are numerous words in Japanese related to Qi.

    Now let’s see how we can practically benefit from this ancient knowledge of Feng Shui. As explained earlier, generally speaking, places where air and water flows naturally and without obstruction are regarded as good spots. Usually people nd those spots very refreshing or even uplifting. Wide-open slopes are a good example of good topography. Omotesando near Harajuku is a typical example. It is actually designated as a formal path to the Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine).


    On the other hand, stagnant and decaying Qi occurs at places where Qi cannot bow out. The bottom of a bowl-shaped area, or a cement-covered square without any bare soil or trees, are good examples. Commercial areas where people gather to enjoy hedonistic pleasures tend to gather decayed Qi. It could be said that some areas around Shibuya station have these characteristics.

    Even in your own house, there could be spots where stagnant Qi occurs. The most common spots are the corners of rooms. Physically, it is likely Qi will stop owing in these corners, and dust tends to build up there. So it is a wise move to keep the corner of your rooms clean. You may skip cleaning the center of your room, but not the corners.

    Putting a pile of sea salt in those corners is another practice to keep bad Qi out of your house. Sea salt has the power to change bad Qi to good. is power will be enhanced if the salt is kept in a “Masu (a square wooden measure)”. A pair of statues of Shisa (a mythical lion dog) will eat up bad Qi and stop it entering your house. Needless to say, these practices are not scientically proven, but this is knowledge based on thousands of years of history.

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