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CULTURE | PHILOSOPHY

December 2013

FENG SHUI: AN ANALYSIS OF THE TOKYO STOCK EXCHANGE

By Darren McKellin and Michiaki Tanaka

The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE)—where the price of the Nikkei Stock Average is determined—is the largest stock exchange in Asia and the third-largest stock exchange in the world based on the aggregate market capitalization of its listed companies. The feng shui elements and energy of the TSE building are believed to have a direct effect on the rise and fall of the Nikkei Stock Average.

The main entrance of a building or business is very important in feng shui terms, because it is through here that the company absorbs its positive or negative energy force.

Further, the main entrance creates the character of the building. Bright, expansive entrances are favorable and bring good fortune to the whole building, while restricted or low entrances have negative energy and will produce bad luck.

The TSE has two important entrances: the main entrance and the market center entrance.

Main entrance
This entrance, used mainly by workers, faces north and, thus, its main element is water. The pond in front of the entrance symbolizes assets, while the water helps activate the positive energy. When the fountain in the pond is switched on, the good luck energy increases, thereby deepening the positive energy entering the main entrance.

Analysis
The 2012 analysis shows that the illness star indicated misfortune and financial loss, while the analysis for this year shows the success star will bring success and victory. The Nikkei Index for September 19, 2012 was ¥9,232.21 and, on the same date this year, was ¥14,766.18.

The same analysis indicates that the multiple star will bring volatility in 2014.

Market center entrance
The door to the market center, used by investors, is in the southeast of the building. In feng shui, it is believed that energy is activated in the southeast through wood and water elements. Thus, the trees on each side of this entrance activate wealth luck that is very good for the TSE.

Moreover, the river across the street can be seen from the door and brings positive energy.

Analysis
In 2012, the misfortune star brought bad luck. This year, it is hoped the intelligence and creative star (wood star) will bring good luck to the market. Next year the conflict star—the cause of quarrels and lawsuits—will hold sway.

Shape
The market center is triangular in shape. According to feng shui, the best shapes for buildings are squares and rectangles, as they allow the feng shui to settle and give those inside a sense of balance.

A triangular building can make workers inside feel uncomfortable and stressed if they spend too much time there.

However, in the case of the TSE, the triangular shape of the market center is not too bad since:

  • Relatively few workers occupy the space
  • The quotation board in the middle creates active energy (yang) that overcomes the poor energy (yin) created by the structure’s shape

History
The highest Nikkei price was achieved in 1989, soon after the completion of the market center in 1988. The feng shui analysis for 1989 shows there was very strong good luck star energy that year at the main door, and successful star energy at the market center door.

In February 1991, the misfortune star energy was in the north and had an adverse effect on the main entrance. Stock prices plunged as the bubble economy quickly deteriorated. Coincidence?

DarrenDividerDarren McKellin is co-chair of the ACCJ Information, Communications, and Technology Committee.

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Michiaki Tanaka is a representative of the World of Feng Shui Japan and has been a feng shui consultant for over 10 years.
tanaka@wofs.jp

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