Palm reader on the Tokyo streetsPalm reading is, of course, a load of nonsense based around cold reading, but regardless I felt this recent survey from goo Ranking looking at what lines people don’t want to have on their palms was worth translating just for the names of some of the lines that I suspect might have been made up just for the sake of the survey…


Between the 18th and 21st of December 2009 1,077 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.0% of the sample were female, 8.7% in their teens, 15.3% in their twenties, 27.0% in their thirties, 27.8% in their forties, 11.9% in their fifties, and 9.3% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I find it quite amusing that the bottom of the list is the pervy line, perhaps there ought to be a follow-up survey on what lines people wish they had. The original Japanese article describes exactly where each line can be found should you really wish to check your own hand.

The photo to the right is used with kind permission from Lee at Tokyo Times. It shows a street palm reader – in the evenings around most major stations you can usually find one or two of them plying their trade. Please click through to the original posting to see the image full size.

Ranking results

Q: Which lines do you hope not have when getting your palm read? (Sample size=1,077)

Rank Line Explanation Score
1 Trouble line Indicates you have a tendency towards financial troubles 100
2 Divorce line Indicates you will get divorces 84.7
3 Spendthrift line Indicates you have an inability to save money 74.3
4 Stalker line Indicates you cannot make a clean break from a past relationship 69.0
5 Irritation line Indicates you are always irritated or easily show emotions 63.6
6 Poor at getting by line Indicates you are not good at managing your money 60.6
7 Looking back line Indicates you may be dissatsified with married life 52.6
8 KY line Indicates “kuuki yomenai”, you cannot read the mood and do your own thing 52.4
9 Tired eyes, headache, stiff shoulder lines Indicates you will find these conditions easily occur 51.5
10 Dribbles of lingering affection line Indicates you cannot forget a past incident, love 50.0
11 Unfaithful line Indicates you will be unfaithful 48.1
12 2 Chome line Shinjuku 2 Chome is the famous gay area of Tokyo… 47.8
13 Tottering infant line Indicates you cannot grow up 45.9
14 Abnormal line Indicates you are strange in some way or other 39.6
15 Affair line Indicates you love being in love, but get bored with relationships easily 38.6
16 Likes line Indicates you are fickle and flighty in relationships with the opposite sex 29.7
17 Rebellious line Indicates you hate doing what people say you should 26.1
18 Otaku line Indicates you can get monomanically immersed 23.7
19 Slow maturing line Indicates you cannot make a clean break, but without the stalking bit from above 22.2
20 Erotic line Indicates you are a perv 20.7

1 Comment

Harry J Iesberts · September 8, 2011 at 03:38

Like to see my life line.

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