|Related Symbols:||福 (fuku: fortune), 運 (un: luck)|
|Compound Words:||幸福 (hapiness), 不幸 (misery)|
It means “happiness,” but believe or not, this symbol is derived from something that is far from happiness. Guess what. It is derived from a tool that is used to TORTURE people. Being tortured is much better than being killed – that’s what this symbol means.
It symbolizes the traditional “handcuff.” The space in the very middle is where people are handcuffed. The upper and the lower part looks opposite to each other. These parts show screws that tighten the handcuff. As the handcuff gets tightened, arms in the handcuff eventually get cut off. Horror!
In daily life, this symbol is used to describe good news, far from the origin of the symbol. The whole story is not well known even by Japanese people. If you have Japanese friends, tell it to them. You’ll be respected.
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