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In Ano Hana's opening theme "Aoi Shiori", the word misanga was mentioned a few times.

Ichipeeji mekuru tenohira kuchibiru de musunda misanga

Nee kyou mo kawaranai kyou de ame fureba denwa mo dekiru yo

Sou yatte ima wa kimi no hou e (itsu no ma ni ka kireta misanga)

Oshitsukeru boku no yasashisa wo (demo nazeka ienai mama da yo)

Hontou douka shiteru mitai

which means..

My hand that turns to the next page, and the misanga I fastened with my lips...

Hey, today is today, and that won't change; if it rains, we can still talk on the phone.

In that way, I now push (Before I knew it, the misanga came off,)

My kindness in your direction. (But for some reason, I can't say it.)

There really must be something wrong with me.

The translation didn't give the exact meaning of the word "misanga" so I was wondering what it is.

  • I have a suspicion that this question could better fit Japanese Language since it's just about a certain japanese word. – Hakase Aug 4 '13 at 0:55
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A misanga is a type of handicraft good luck charm, similar in concept to friendship bracelets, they are typically made from knotted embroidery floss, thread, gimp, or similar material. Like friendship bracelets, they are tied together by simple knots.

It is said that if you make a wish when you tie the ends together, your wish will come true when the bracelet falls off from wear.

The etymology of the name seems to come from the Portuguese word for "beads" (miçanga). They were first popularized in 1993 during the beginning of the J-League, the Japan Professional Football League. Ramos Ruy and Tsuyoshi Kitazawa of the Tokyo Verde football club wore these to wish for the victory of their team.

The idea behind it may have changed but it's intended to be a symbol of good luck and friendship.

Make a wish

  • It is also said that when a misanga naturally comes apart and falls off the wrist, it is an omen that a wish will come true. – xjshiya May 9 '13 at 8:33
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    Just want to say to the answer above, that is not entomology but etymology. Entomology is a science that studies bugs. – user23968 May 9 '16 at 21:34

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