A temple with lots of lucky cats “Gotokuji Temple”(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)

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“The lucky cat” is an ornament that invites happiness.
The temple, where “lucky cats” are dedicated a lot is “Gotokuji Temple”.



Why are there lots of Lucky cats in “Gotokuji Temple”?

Hikone area second lord in the Edo period: Mr. Naotaka Ii is said to have escaped thunderstorms by the cat of the “Gotokuji Temple”.
And then “Lucky cat” is enshrined as an lucky charm.

At the Odakyu Line “Gotokuji Temple station”, a lucky cat will welcome you

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
A hairy Lucky cat warmed up a me,at one of the nearest stations, the Odakyu Line “Gotokuji Temple Station”.
After I walked 10minutes, I reached in the front of the mountain gate(main gate) .

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
Before entering the temple, I stroll through the pine trees.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
There was a big gate protected by the lion dog.

Not only a lucky cat! But Autumnal leaves

Not only a lucky cat! But Autumnal leaves
In the temple, the redness of the autumn leaves gazes at the eyes.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
Two-shot of triple tower and autumn leaves.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
The autumn leaves reflected in the Buddha statue were superb.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
Oh,I found “Lucky cat” on the ema.
I know the monkey is written on the ema.
But I dont’t know why is peaches on ema.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
When I look back at someone’s eyes, At the bottom of the roof of each floor of the triple tower,there are lucky cat and some cats.
And they looked at me.

At Shou-fuku-an, I faced the lucky cats

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
“Lucky cats” are dedicated to the left back of this building.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
Lucky cats wishing with wishes, dedicated as wishes come true.
Many lucky cats are donated.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
It means that wishes are won by the number of “lucky cats” here.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
“Upside down lucky cats” reflected in the pond.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
Blue sky and autumn leaves are also reflected in the pond.

A temple with lots of lucky cats "Gotokuji Temple"(Setagaya-ku,Tokyo)
Originally Lucky cats had the same face.
But, it is wonderful that the person’s character wishing to the lucky cat will be transmitting, personality of them will come out.

Access to Gotokuji Temple

· Odakyu Line “Gotokuji Station” 13 minutes on foot
· Setagaya line “Miyanosaka Station” 3 minutes on foot
If you hear the name of the station, “Gotokuji Station” you feels like the nearest station.
But “Miyanosaka Station” would be better if you prefer “short walking distance”.

December 2, 2016

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