Gotokuji Buddhist Temple that is said to be the birthplace of the Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat).
The Maneki Neko (招き猫) is a common Japanese figurine, which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat, traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail, “beckoning” with an upright paw. The figurines are often displayed in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, dry cleaners, and other businesses, generally near the entrance. Some Maneki Neko are now equipped with a mechanical paw which slowly moves back and forth.
Video Source: Tokyo’s “LUCKY CAT” Temple! | Gotokuji with RinRin! from RinRin Doll Life in Japan on Youtube ⁄ CC BY