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2014-10-30

Gotokuji Temple / Maneki Neko - Tokyo - 豪徳寺 - 4K Ultra HD

 gotokuji ,  temple ,  maneki ,  neko ,  tokyo 

 LOCATION :  KANTO, TOKYO

 SEASON :  AUTUMN 

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Hello Kitty may not actually be the most famous Japanese cat after all! It all started in 1697 according to the legend! At that time, before the Gotokuji Temple was what it is now, a poor and lonely priest was living alone with his cat. One day, during a heavy storm a rich nobleman was stranded in a heavy rainstorm and took refuge under a nearby tree. Once settled the nobleman saw the priest’s cat at the Temple’s entrance signaling him to enter. Surprised, the nobleman followed the cat and as soon as he moved toward the cat the tree was struck by lightning. Believing that the cat had saved his life the nobleman decided to become the temple’s benefactor and soon the temple became prosperous.

As you must have guessed by now, the Maneki Neko are charms for good luck and prosperity not only in Japan but all across Asia and especially in China.

Just for this story alone, Gotokuji Temple is a “must see” when visiting Tokyo. Smaller than most famous temples around Tokyo, Gotokuji is unique for its design. It’s three-storied pagoda and Kyoto-like atmosphere give even more weight to this beautiful story of the Priest’s cat and the nobleman.

Français 🇫🇷 Confidence pour confidence, Hello Kitty n’est probablement pas le chat japonais le plus célèbre ! Il était une fois, en 1697 d’après la légende, juste avant que le temple Gotokuji ne devienne tel que nous le connaissons de nos jours, un pauvre prêtre vivait seul avec son chat. Un jour de tempête, un riche noble fut surpris par une pluie intense et trouva refuge sous le premier arbre qu’il vit. Aussitôt abrité, le noble vit le chat du prêtre au pas de la porte du temple, l’invitant à entrer. Surpris, le noble suivit le chat et dès qu’il l’eut rejoint, l’arbre fut frappé par un éclair. Convaincu qu’il devait sa vie sauve au chat, le noble décida alors de devenir le bienfaiteur du temple, et peu de temps après, le temple connaissait la prospérité.

Vous l’aurez compris, les Maneki Neko sont le symbole de la chance et de la prospérité non seulement au Japon, mais dans toute l’Asie, surtout en Chine.

Et c’est pour cette petite histoire seulement que le temple Gotokuji est un endroit à visiter absolument quand vous êtes à Tokyo. Certes plus petit que les autres temples de la ville, Gotokuji est unique pour son architecture. Sa pagode racontant trois histoires, et son ambiance semblable à Kyoto donnent davantage de poids à cette belle légende du chat et du noble.

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