In Japan,18th century as can bring good luck symbol, the mascot “Maneki-neko” statue appeared. Today in Japan, people in order to pray for business is booming, often at the store entrance Maneki-neko statue. On the “Maneki-neko” the origin, there is a very interesting legend.


The stray cat and the shop: The operator of an impoverished shop (or inn, tavern, temple, etc.) takes in a starving, stray cat despite barely having enough to feed himself. In gratitude, the cat takes up a station outside the establishment and beckons in new visitors, bringing prosperity as a reward to the charitable proprietor. Ever after, the “beckoning cat” has been a symbol of good luck for small business owners.

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The old woman’s cat: An old woman, living in Imado in eastern Tokyo, was forced to sell her cat due to extreme poverty. Soon afterwards the cat appeared to her in a dream. The cat told her to make its image in clay. She did as instructed, and soon afterward sold the statue. She then made more, and people bought them as well. These maneki-neko were so popular she soon became prosperous and wealthy.

Goutoku Temple
24-2, Hododoji, Setagaya, Tokyo
From Shinjuku, take the Odakyu Line and get off at Goutoku Temple. 5-minutes by walk
Take the Tokyu Hidaka Line from Miyazaki Chaya and get off at Miyazaka.

Imado shrine
1-5-22, Imado,Taito,Tokyo
Get off at Asakusa Station on Subway Ginza Line, Asakusa Line, Tobu Isesaki Line and walk for 15 minutes

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