Learn about the Maneki Neko or the beckoning cat and visit Gotokuji Temple in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.
Cats bringing good luck!?...
In Japan, Imperial era name was changed from #Heisei to #Reiwa on the 1st this month, and Japan is in the mood for celebration. Hoping that good luck will come in Reiwa era too, we pick up an article on Web Japan about beckoning cats bringing good luck – “Maneki-neko”.
It is believed that having a “Maneki-neko” ornament, which places one foot forward and makes an inviting gesture, will bring happiness. A “Maneki-neko” that raises its right paw is said to bring “wealth”, whereas one that raises its left paw is said to bring “people” and “happiness”. Both are often decorated in the storefront in Japan.
There are several places believed to be the origin of“Maneki-neko”. One of them is Gotokuji Temple, a temple in Tokyo. Currently, there are many “Maneki-neko” lined up in Gotokuji Temple. People that believe their wishes have been granted by maneki-neko make offerings of those cats to the temple.
Photo：The exterior of Gotokuji Temple and the offered maneki-neko