Guide and information of Japan travel, with Lucky Cat (or Maneki Neko, Good Luck Cat) in Power Spot of Imado Shrine, Asakusa Shrine.
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No one knows for sure where the luck cat came from, and there are so many stories behind the origin of the Maneki Neko, but perhaps the most popular one should be the legend of the Asakusa Imado Jinja Shrine,
An old woman living in Imado (Asakusa) was forced to sell her cat due to extreme poverty. While she was struggling to decide selling away her loved, she dreamed of the cat, which told her to make its image in clay. So she did as told in her dream, and soon later sold the statue. She then made more clay cats, and people bought them as well. They became so popular that she could soon become prosperous and wealthy.
In Edo period held the real story, but Imado area had been famous for its local clay pot since 15 century. Imado Jinja Shrine has male cat and female cat as one pair, therefore not only welth but good relation in love have been prayed.
Maneki Neko, Lucky Cat Good Luck Cat in Asakusa Jinja Shrine Welcoming Cat Tama, master of station in Wakayama
Tama in Wakayama
Imado Jinja Shrine
Imado 1-5-22, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Telephone : 03-3872-2703
Nearby Station : Asakusa Station

Asakusa Jinja Shrine
Asakusa 2-3-1, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Telephone : 03-3844-1575
Nearby Station : Asakusa Station

Gotokuji Temple
Gotokuji 2-24-7, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Nearby Station : Gotokuji on Odakyu Line (west of Shinjuku)
Lucky Cat (or Maneki Neko, Raking Cat, Beckoning Cat, Money Cat, Welcoming Cat, Fortune Cat) is a good luck symbol in Japan. Maneki Neko is a common sight in Japan, placed in the entrance of ryokans, restaurants, shops and other businesses, in the hope that s/he will bring good luck and prosperity in the form of customers and extra business. Maneki Neko has a variety of colors and styles in many different figures. In the design of the sculptures, a raised left paw supposedly attracts cash, while a raised right paw protects it. Both paws waving/raking are sometime also seen, but may Japanese people say that it would be too greedy, and would represent Oteage Banzai which means You took me all, I am surrendered, with two hands held up.
The picture in right is Tama (the name of cat) who is a Living Maneki Neko, actually the station master of Kishi Railway Station of the Wakayama Electric Railway Company. Asakusa Jinja Shrine next to Sensouji Temple in Asakusa has lovely cat called Mii-chan (Ms.Miew).
white body brings good luck
black body wards off evil spirits and protects from illnesses
gold body brings good fortune
silver body brings longevity
pink body brngs love
yellow body brings good relationships
red body protects from illnesses
right paw up brings good luck with money
left paw up brings many customers and visitors
with gold bell brings good fortune
with red scarf draws attention
with gold coin maintain wealth
Maneki Neko Yanakado and Necoemon
Cat Cafe Neko Cafe
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