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Mayutsuba (Cock-and-Bull Story)

  • Mayutsuba


    Today I would like to talk about the Japanese term “mayutsuba.”

    “Mayu” of “mayutsuba” means “eyebrow,” “tsuba” menas “saliva,” and “mayutsuba” means to be careful not to be deceived.

    Also, it also means things that the truth or false is not clear or untrustworthy things.
    (In this case, it is often called “mayutsuba mono,” which means “mayutsuba thing.”)

    This term comes from a superstition that you will not be deceived by foxes or tanuki (raccoon dogs) by putting spit on your eyebrows.

    It is believed that foxes deceive people by counting the number of eyebrows of a person, so you can prevent it by spitting on your eyebrows.

    Original sentence