Instagram is one of the newest social media platforms that has attracted millions of people all around the globe. The popularity of Instagram has also led to users craving for more and more followers. And in order to do that, Instagrammers have adopted various measures such as uploading quirky pictures and hunting for new locations to click their pictures. One such location that has recently become the hot favorite of Instagrammers is the Gotokuji or the Lucky Cat Temple, Tokyo.
The Lucky Cat Temple, Tokyo is famed for its thousands of figurines of beckoning white cats that are believed to bring good luck. Of late, this spot has become a rage among Instagram enthusiasts from Japan and other parts of the world.
The close to 10,000 dummies of white cats seated with one paw raised are strewn all across the temple. Known as maneki-neko or beckoning cats, they are considered as a symbol of good luck in the Japanese culture.
The photogenic felines have drawn thousands of other people from other countries including Ying-Chi Hsueh, a 31-year old photography student from Taiwan. Even Hsueh got to know about the popularity of the temple through Instagram and reached there using Google maps.
According to the temple lore, an incident that took place in the 15th century at the Gotokuji temple raised the popularity of the beckoning cat figures. The priest of the temple at that time kept a cat named Tama. One day, while strolling out of the temple, the cat raised its right paw and beckoned a powerful samurai lord inside the temple premise.
Moments after the lord entered the temple, a thunderstorm struck. Impressed with the cat who saved him from the thunderstorm, the lord patronized the temple. Tama was immortalized in the temple as the stylized white cat figure that is now considered as a symbol of good luck in Japan and many parts of Asia.
The figurine can be spotted in offices and shops across Japan and Asia. Some places feature a version having a paw that moves back and forth. The temple priest now hopes to have many more international visitors as the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is coming up.
The temple has attracted spiritual visitors for a long time but now, it has become a rage among Instagrammers too. Amily Lin, a 25-year old Instagrammer from Hong Kong said that she actually Googled “Instagram spots Tokyo” and the Lucky Cat Temple, Tokyo appeared as one of the most Instagrammable spots. She then visited the temple, looking for new angles to capture the cats.
Here are few more Instagram posts that magnificently capture the beauty of the Lucky Cat Temple, Tokyo:
Have these pictures inspired you too to visit the temple?