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The birthplace of the beckoning cat is Gotokuji(豪徳寺), Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.

2015/06/25

豪徳寺

Gotokuji was the small temple which firstly was desolate in the Edo era. Someday, a white cat which was loved in the temple once invited the feudal lord who finished Takagari(鷹狩) into the temple. Then an intense thunderstorm fell just after the inviting. The feudal lord was able to get out of trouble. Afterwards this temple was long under his protection, and prospered. Gotokuji started to sell a white cat which was rising left hand at the temple’s door front. It is the story called the beginning of beckoning cat. As a cat invited a person, it will cause fortune.

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