The Maneki Neko has a number of legends. This is one of my favourite 🎋
In the 17th century, there was a rundown and poverty-stricken temple in Tokyo. The temple's priest was very poor, but he shared what little food he had with his pet cat, Tama.
One day, a wealthy and important man was caught in a terrible rainstorm while hunting. He took refuge under a big tree near the temple while he waited for the storm to pass. All at once he was struck by the vision of a magical cat beckoning him to come inside the temple gate.
So startling and beautiful was this cat that he left the shelter of the tree to have a closer look. At that moment, the tree was hit by a bolt of lighting and a giant branch fell right where he was standing. He would have surely been killed!
As a result, the wealthy man became friends with the poor priest, and the temple became prosperous. The priest and his cat never went hungry again. When Tama died he was buried in the Goutokuji Temple's cat cemetery with respect and love, and the Maneki Neko was made in honor of this magical cat.✨🏮
I have the bestest friend (and coworker) ever. Not only is he back from Japan/Hong Kong with wonderful stories, he brought me this little cutie. He’s out new office mascot! We haven’t decided on a name yet. #fortunecat#best