Cats, Cats, Cats Everywhere in Gotokuji Temple


Legend has it that a lord was saved from a horrendous thunderstorm by a cat who beckoned him to enter the temple.


It is now known as maneki neko or beckoning cats, believes to bring good luck, and are placed in front of restaurants and stores.


Gotokuji is said to be its place of origin.


There’s so many of them!




It’s interesting that they stay there in the vicinity of the temple.


I must tell you though, have an extra travel destination if you do plan to come here because the manike neko and the Gotojuki temple and its garden are the only place of interest in the area.


Don’t they look like protesters, or worshippers with theirΒ hands all raised?

Last Call …


44 replies »

  1. Woww. Love those pictures. I saw a few cat bookstores, cat graffiti and cat themed restaurants in Peninsular Malaysia, specially Penang. But, this looks like another level. πŸ™‚

      • Thanks for the head’s up, Allan! Saw the commercial… Very cool that they showed these cats because they are not that popular. Shibuya Crossing (post before this) is also seen there. And I think I recognized Asakusa as well. Airbnb sounds like couchsurfing, and sounds like a cool way to travel.

  2. They’re cute and I must admit I bought a couple at our local Japanese store. I put one on my work desk and the other on the kitchen window sill that is constantly moving/waving his hand (solar powered). So, this post makes me ecstatic to see a lot of them all grouped and waving calling for the best luck you could ever imagine. πŸ™‚ Thanks my friend for bringing me to this place through your photos.

  3. You certainly seem to have a wanderlust. Lovely photos. Being a Brit i’m not sure what a sophomore is – hope the slump doesn’t mean bad news!

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