There is a Japanese town where cucumbers are forbidden

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RocketNews 24 (by Scott Wilson):

The cucumber is a magnificent vegetable. With so many uses, is there anyone out there who could possible hate cucumbers?

Apparently, yes. There’s one town in Japan where it is strictly forbidden to grow or eat cucumbers. Why do they hate the vegetable? And is their rule actually valid or are they all in a pickle over nothing?

The cucumber-hating town is Adose-cho in Fukui Prefecture. The reason cucumbers are so taboo there is because Susanoo-no-Mikoto, the deity of Fukui’s Yasaka Shrine, apparently has a vendetta against the vegetable.


Legend has it that the god was scared by a thunderstorm and took shelter underneath a shelf with cucumbers resting on top. The shelf broke while he was under it, and one of the cucumbers fell and hit him in the eye, partially blinding him and making him curse the cucumber forever.

After reading that, you might have a couple of questions. For example: isn’t Susasnoo supposed to be a powerful god? Isn’t he the sun-god Amaterasu’s brother? So why was he beaten by something you could pickle in a jar? And why was he scared of a storm in the first place? And wait a minute, isn’t he a storm god?! Something’s not quite right here….

Either way, those who live in Adose-cho are apparently pretty serious about their anti-cucumber rule. A representative from the Yasaka Shrine in Fukui claimed that one man in the area who tried planting cucumbers had his horse run away and die on him after doing so.

So is this actually a case of incredibly lame divine intervention? Or is it just a tiny town with a population of 60 (yes, 60 people), almost half of whom are senior-citizens, getting a little funny from its top-heaviness?


Tenth grader Francis Nguyen makes 1000 paper cranes to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims

1000 PAPER CRANES. Tenth grader Francis Nguyen turns over to the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC the proceeds of her paper crane folding fund-raising project. Photo by Majalya Fernando/Philippine Embassy

Japanese legend has it that if you make one thousand paper cranes, the gods will cure you. A Vietnamese-American student initiated a paper crane folding fund-raising project that would benefit children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Tenth grader Francis Nguyen, together with her friends Chieu Le, Teresa Do, and Kali Gabriel, got people from their community to fold 1000 paper cranes that generated a total of $1,000. A crane was equivalent to a one-dollar donation.

Cranes symbolize hope, health, happiness, and longevity. People need something to hope for and smile about when they believe there isn’t much to look forward to in their future, ”Nguyen said when she turned over the cranes and the proceeds to Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia.

The Crane Project, which seeks to bring hope after devastation, was inspired by the Japanese myth that if one folded a thousand cranes, his or her wish would be granted,” Nguyen added,

Nguyen previously folded paper cranes for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

YOLANDA DONATIONS. Ambassador Cuisia with members of the Vietnamese community who turned over donations for victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Photo by Majalya Fernando/Philippine Embassy

Cuisia turned over Nguyen’s donation to Feed the Hungry, Inc., a Philippine-based organization assisting relief and rehabilitation efforts in Eastern Visayas.

I would like to thank you for your kindness, generosity, and prayers. The children in the Philippines, especially those orphaned by the typhoon, need those things you mentioned—hope, health, happiness, and longevity—as we move from the relief phase to the rehabilitation phase,” Cuisia said, in response to Nguyen.

Cuisia also received over $18,000 from representatives of the Vietnam Buddhist Center and the Tu Bi Foundation.

Citing the Philippines’ acceptance of Vietnamese refugees during the Vietnam War in 1975, Thich Nguyen Hanh, Abbott of the Vietnam Buddhist Center said, “We are in debt to our Filipino friends.”

No words can express my gratitude and appreciation for what you had done for us, your support, your extraordinary generosity, kindness, heroism, and never-ending grace which comforted us through the most difficult time in our nation,” he added.

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Tenth grader Francis Nguyen makes 1000 paper cranes to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims