17 Feb '11, 4am

[blog] where it all started. the story about the 招き猫 aka 招财猫:

[blog] where it all started. the story about the 招き猫 aka 招财猫:

Do you know what a 招き猫 (maneki neko) or 招财猫 is? My initial impression of 招き猫 is: One, it is a symbol of Japan; Two, it is like a fengshui tool. Many shop owners will place one near their cash registers. But actually 招き猫 grants wishes. And not just those related to wealth. So what's the story behind a 招き猫? There are actually 3 versions on the English wiki and 4 versions on the Japanese wiki. (0_0) Mmm... which is true? Well... I am not sure, but I decided to make a trip to trace the roots of the 招き猫. A small 招き猫 temple can be found within the 豪徳寺 . It was built in 1480! So it is actually about 600 years old now. It is located in Tokyo, so you can actually make a brief stop at this temple in between the shopping sprees. The nearest station is 宮の坂駅 instead of 豪徳寺駅. It takes about 5-8 minutes stroll from the station to the temple. View Larger Map The 招き猫 temple is located on t...

Full article: http://qqsandbox.blogspot.com/2011/02/tracing-roots-of.html

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