ハクション(Hakushon)! This is typical sound for sneezing in Japanese. Sneezing is translated into Japanese as くしゃみ(Kushami). I know in western country, people say “bless you!” when someone sneezes. Japanese doesn’t say anything against it, however, people in middle ages used to say “くさめ(Kusame)” as a spell. Around the ages, people believed sneezing let soul out from nose and people’s life span would be shortened. Therefore, people said “Kusame” and since when don’t know, the word turned to be “Kushami” then; sneezing itself is called “Kushami” now.
Here is Japanese superstition about sneeze. If you sneeze once, people think that somebody is gossiping about the person and it is good one. If it happens twice, that turns to be bad gossip, and even more in third time sneeze.
Do you also have superstition about sneezing in your country? And I’m curious to know what you say when you sneeze.
Here is a tip: ハクション大魔王(Hakushon-Daimaou), old Japanese animation. Enjoy!