Maneki Neko 招き猫
"The Beckoning Cat."
Maneki Neko 招き猫 will bring luck, prosperity, romance, and wealth.
Maneki Neko 招き猫 enjoys activity. Shake, touch, turn over.
Each day, a new proverb.
In tradition there are many legends of the origin of Maneki Neko,
the beckoning cat.
One such story is told thus:
There was a temple in ancient Japan where a priest
lived with his cat companion, Tama. The Gotoku-ji temple was not wealthy;
in fact, its priest was very poor. The priest often told Tama that he wished
the cat could find a way to bring the temple prosperity.
A feudal lord -- perhaps it was Naotaka Li, lord of Hikone district -- was
passing Gotoku-ji when it began to rain. As the lord took shelter under
a tree on the grounds, the priest's cat peeked out of the temple and
raised a paw to invite the lord inside. The lord was curious about this
unusual behavior and walked to the temple courtyard for a closer look.
When Naotaka Li was standing in front of Tama in the courtyard, lightening
struck the tree under which he had been sheltering. The lord's life had been
saved, and he immediately believed the cat to be an incarnation of the
Goddess of Mercy. To show his respect and gratitude, the lord was generous in
endowing the temple. Thus, the figure of the "Maneki Neko" to welcome
guests, luck, and wealth was born.
Today, Gotoku-ji temple is home to many statues of
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