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In Japan, A Shrine Overwhelmed With ‘Beckoning Cats’
By Valerie Chang, 11 Jul 2014
Travel bloggers Michael Powell and Jürgen Horn of online travelog ‘For 91 Days’ posted a recent entry featuring a temple in Japan swamped with ‘Maneki Neko’, directly translated as ‘beckoning cat’ or also known as ‘lucky cat’ or ‘fortune cat’.
In the Gotoku-ji Temple, worshippers would often bring a lucky cat figurine as an offering for good luck. This led to a mind-blowing number of fortune cats of various shapes and sizes taking residence at the shrine over time.
Apparently, there are a few stories circulating around as to how this practice came about. Read about them here.
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[via Neatorama, images via For 91 Days]
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