There’s something behind this gate that will leave you dumbfounded! For a long time, I couldn’t believe such a place existed!

Many Japanese owners of shops and restaurants put a figure of the cat “Maneki Neko” at the entrances of their establishments. The cat is a kind of talisman that brings happiness and prosperity to the owner.

These figures are so popular that a special temple was built for them, which is located behind this gate.


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The creation of this space is associated with a legend. It tells the story of a wealthy feudal lord named Hikone who, during a storm, had taken refuge under a tree near Gotokuji.

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Suddenly he saw a small cat which had come up to him to get a closer look.

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When he walked away from the tree, he heard a huge bang. It turned out that a branch had been struck by lightning.

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