Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.
This week’s topic: The Red String of Fate
So, it’s February. What does that mean? Love is in the air! The Red String of Fate is an East Asian legend that stems from Chinese lore. The myth is that the gods tie a red cord around the ankles of those destined to meet each other. The Chinese deity responsible for this “red thread” is believed to be Yuè Xià Lǎo, the old lunar matchmaker god. In Japanese culture, the red string is often tied around the pinky finger. Most likely to connect it to Pinky Promises. Red Ribbons are also a symbol of the cord. The people connected by the magical cord are destined to become lovers, regardless of time, space and/or circumstances.