Gotokuji, the temple of the waving cat that brings good luck

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec26,2023 #Gotokuji #temple
Gotokuji, the temple of the waving cat that brings good luck 0
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Many shops and restaurants in Japan often place a small waving cat at the entrance.

Many shops and restaurants in Japan often place a small waving cat at the entrance.

Gotokuji, the temple of the waving cat that brings good luck

Maneki Neko is usually made of ceramic, porcelain or plastic, and has the image of a cat raising its front paw as if beckoning people, and it is believed that it can attract customers, or bring luck and money to people.

Maneki Neko is usually made of ceramic, porcelain or plastic, and has the image of a cat raising its front paw as if beckoning people, and it is believed that it can attract customers, or bring luck and money to people.

Gotokuji, the temple of the waving cat that brings good luck

Nowadays, many cat statues are also equipped with chargers or batteries to make the cat’s legs move to look like they are actually waving.

Nowadays, many cat statues are also equipped with chargers or batteries to make the cat’s legs move to look like they are actually waving.

Gotokuji, the temple of the waving cat that brings good luck

Not only popular in Japan, lucky cat statues have appeared throughout Asian countries, and mostly in shops and merchants.

Not only popular in Japan, lucky cat statues have appeared throughout Asian countries, and mostly in shops and merchants.

Gotokuji, the temple of the waving cat that brings good luck

The origin of Maneki Neko originates from Gotokuji – an ancient temple in Setagaya area, Tokyo, Japan.

The origin of Maneki Neko originates from Gotokuji – an ancient temple in Setagaya area, Tokyo, Japan.

Gotokuji, the temple of the waving cat that brings good luck

Gotokuji is as small as many other temples around the capital, however it is covered with many large and beautiful old trees such as maple, ginkgo, cherry… so it looks more like a Japanese garden.

Gotokuji is as small as many other temples around the capital, however it is covered with many large and beautiful old trees such as maple, ginkgo, cherry… so it looks more like a Japanese garden.

A small corner in the temple has wooden shelves displaying many waving cats, the number can reach hundreds of statues of all different sizes.

A small corner in the temple has wooden shelves displaying many waving cats, the number can reach hundreds of statues of all different sizes.

Many legends explain the appearance of the lucky cat, but the best known story is about a lord of the Edo period.

Many legends explain the appearance of the lucky cat, but the best known story is about a lord of the Edo period.

Huong Chi (according to Amusingplanet)

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