How to say Lucky in Japanese – AIUEO Blog!

This week’s author is Kambara Sensei – Ms. Kambara loves to travel and in addition to teaching Japanese at Coto Academy has her own tour company that rents camper vans to Tourists in Japan.

Posted by on February 13, 2018 – Article in Japanese

How to say Lucky in Japanese – 運(うん)がいい  - あいうえおブログ「う」


Has anyone found themselves thinking “I’m lucky!” lately?

In Japanese, lucky is “運(うん)がいい”、”ついている”. そのまま、ラッキーとも言いますね。




As many times as I can manage, every weekend I like to go on driving trips to various spots. And, I suppose it was this past autumn when I went to a rural part of Gunma, that I ran into an old man, who, out of the blue, just gave me a chestnut.

Apparently he had picked it up in the mountains somewhere. From there, we made some small talk, and he asked things like “Where are you from?”, just on the spot. I also got a chance to ask about the area, what I should go see; a few good bits of information.

It took me by surprise, but after receiving such a nice gift, I thought to myself: “Today is my lucky day.”

And just like this, when something good happens that you weren’t expecting, or when, even by coincidence, you easily obtain some information or an item you wanted, I think it makes you feel like you’ve got good luck, or that things are going your way.

For example, even in taking a test, there are times when you feel like you might have passed because the questions were easy, or because it just so happened to line up with the topics you were good at, despite having felt like your own ability wasn’t up to it.

In Japanese, there’s a saying that goes “Luck is a part of one’s ability.” It refers to the idea that while “luck” is supposed to revolve around chance, it is also something that you can obtain through your actions and ways of thinking. Essentially, when your luck is good, it’s not a coincidence, but a matter of your ability.

When it comes to “luck” for travelling, looking up information in guide books or online is fine, but there’s nothing better than asking the locals directly what they recommend.

So just how should you go about asking them?
What would you do if you were going to ask this sort of question?

Whenever I go on a trip, and I find a local person walking around, I say something like “Hello. I’m from Tokyo. Can you tell me a little about the area?” or “Where do you typically hang out?”

These are magic words, in a way. When you find some tasty food or wonderful place only the locals know, you’ll find yourself thinking “It’s my lucky day” too.

I also happen to operate a camper van rental business, so feel free to ask me anything on the subject!
If you take a trip to these places that are hard to get to by regular train or shinkansen, you can chat with local Japanese people, and experience a lot of what the area has to offer!

Yuka Kambara

Road Trip Japan(English↓)