The romantic Japanese story of the red thread

Surely you have heard more than once the famous legend of the red thread. It is an oriental fable that tells that there is an invisible red thread that connects those people who are destined to meet.

It is not known exactly where it comes from, but it is believed to come from Chinese or Japanese mythology. According to this legend, it is the gods who tie this famous thread between people who, in the future, will end up helping each other.

Also, note that this thread can stretch, tangle, wear out, twist or decrease, but it will never break. A thread that does not understand culture, religion or ideology.

This thread has two legends that have reached our days by word of mouth. Two morals that let us fall that our connection with another person is already written. Now it’s happening, and you may be on your way to meet who is at the other end of your thread, or you may be one of the lucky ones who have already met their better half.

The old man in the moon

It is about an old man who lives on the moon and who is dedicated to looking for people in the middle of the night who are predestined to meet. He ties the famous red thread we are talking about to them. They are newborns, so they carry the red thread throughout their lives.

The emperor

This is the most widespread story in Japan as it is told in every house in Japan. This story begins with a young emperor ordering a witch to show him who is at the end of the red thread of fate. The cunning witch agrees. She fulfills her mission and finds what would be her wife. She leads him to a poor woman who has a baby in her arms. The emperor, disappointed that she is a poor woman, pushes her, and the baby falls to the ground, hitting her forehead hard, leaving a scar. Years later, the emperor marries a daughter of an important man, when he raises the veil to see her face, the woman has a large scar on her forehead.

Of course, the idea that there is an invisible red thread that will not lead to our soul mate reverberates in our heads in such a pleasant way that we come to wish it were true. But for now it’s just a legend… or not.

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