Gotokuji Temple

fortunre cat in Japanese temple

Lucky Cats in a Japanese Temple

The lucky cat is called Maneki Neko in Japanese. It is a common Japanese figurine, usually made of ceramic in modern times, which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—often at the entrance—in shops, restaurants, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. It is said that the one with its right paw raised invites money and the one with its left paw raised invites people.

The lucky cat is said to have originated in Gotokuji Temple. There are so many lucky cats there!

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  1. Naka says:

    They are cute. I think it is good gift for foreiners. I see many shops and restaurants in Japan have this lucky cat. They are welcoming the people.

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