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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.
The temple prospered even more when myriads of…
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