Chinese Cabbage, Japanese Cat, and a “Frenly” Family Store

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Contrary to a popular belief, the ubiquitous Chinese fortune cat is actually Japanese. There are several legends about it, but most agree that it first made its friendly appearance around 17th – 18th century, when Tokyo was called Edo. A samurai was once caught in a rainstorm. Finding shelter under a huge tree, he glanced around and saw a cat frantically beckoning to him from an entrance to a nearby temple. He had the good sense to follow the cat, entered the temple, and watched the tree being struck by lightning. Grateful to the cat for saving his life in the nick of time, he generously endowed the temple. His generosity made the temple, now known as  Gotokuji, prosperous, and when he passed away, a statue was erected in his honor – not of him, but of Menaki Neko, the Beckoning Cat.

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The temple prospered even more when myriads of…

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    1. Thank you for linking to me, dear friend.

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  1. Doug Thomas says:

    I wasn’t aware of this cat’s origin. Neat!

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    1. Thank you, Doug. Isn’t it cool?

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  2. Those cats make me smile. 🐱

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Gail; I am glad to have made you smile!

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  3. What fun stories and a lovely market indeed. The recipe will be tried as soon as payday gets here and i can buy the cabbage and sprouts.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi; it’s great to hear from you. I hope you and yours are well!

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  4. Charlee: “Hi there fortune cat!” *waves back*

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    1. Hi there, Charlee! Our regards to Chaplin,
      The Cat Gang.

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    1. Tell you a secret: neither had I until I did my research. 😼
      I am not a “know-it-all” – I simply research for cute historical facts and legends.

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  5. That’s the first time that I read about this cat. I’ve always seen it everywhere here in Japan in all sizes.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, dear Marcia. I have come across a few more legends, but I sort of liked these two.

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  6. Love these cats. Think visiting China i should not say these cats are originally from Japan? Lol Sorry, for the delay, Dolly! Hope you and yours are well, and stay save. Just listening to our Bavarian/ German radio airing, and think we are back in Cold War times. There is a propaganda in fighting against the virus, last’d read similar about the space missions in the earlier 1960tieth years. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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    1. From what I hear from relatives in Germany, the virus is not as widespread as it is here, so what are they fighting about? My relatives are in Bremen, though, not in Bavaria. That might make a difference.
      Thank you for your comment, Michael. Be well and stay safe!

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      1. Hello Dolly! Thats true! As i heared we have only one pecent of the citizens infected, and they will open again soon. As i’d read on aphadolie.com there are another complication beside the virus. Think we will get paid for this crazyness, very soon. ;-( Best wishes, stay save and well too. Michael

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      2. I am glad you are in a better situation than we are here, Michael.
        Be well, Dolly

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      3. Thank you very much, Dolly! We will see, i do not really trust. Its a feeling. Best wishes to you and yours. Stay well and save, we will overcome. Michael

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      4. Thank you, dear Michael, same to you and yours.

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      5. Thank you too, Dolly! 🙂

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  7. oldpoet56 says:

    Very good story, I am going to reblog this one for you Dolly.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ted. I hope you and your family are all well. Stay safe, dear friend!

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  8. da-AL says:

    tx for rescuing us from embarrassing ourselves further 🙂

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    1. LOL Thank you for stopping by and commenting, dear da-Al!

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  9. Definitely interesting! I suppose the foods and folklores connect because of the once combined Empires of that region. A fun read and a awesome cat photo!

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    1. Thank you, darling! You are right about history of the region.

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