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Countless cats beckon visitors at a temple in a quiet Tokyo neighbourhood

AP

Published : Jul 11, 2019, 12:08 pm IST
Updated : Apr 29, 2020, 9:33 am IST
Beckoning cat figurines are on display at Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo. (Photo: AP/Jae C. Hong)
Beckoning cat figurines are on display at Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo. (Photo: AP/Jae C. Hong)
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A tourist walks between beckoning cat figurines at Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
A tourist walks between beckoning cat figurines at Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
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The beckoning cat figurines in the temple have messages written behind them. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
The beckoning cat figurines in the temple have messages written behind them. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
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Many tourists write prayers on wooden panels with the cat images on it. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
Many tourists write prayers on wooden panels with the cat images on it. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
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According to a centuries-old legend provided by the temple, Gotokuji, a Buddhist temple located in the quiet neighborhood of Setagaya, is the birthplace of beckoning cats. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
According to a centuries-old legend provided by the temple, Gotokuji, a Buddhist temple located in the quiet neighborhood of Setagaya, is the birthplace of beckoning cats. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
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The famous cat figurines that are widely believed to bring good luck and prosperity to home and businesses. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
The famous cat figurines that are widely believed to bring good luck and prosperity to home and businesses. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
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These cat figurines are all over the temple. Here, we can see one peeking out from a stone lamp. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
These cat figurines are all over the temple. Here, we can see one peeking out from a stone lamp. (Photo: AP/ Jae C. Hong)
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