On a sunny Autumn day – 2


While I stared out the window on the train, I was quietly pondering that I never had time to visit Gotokuji even though I’ve been blessed by the Manekineko more than my fair share. The train had just arrived at Gotokuji station. I got off the train hastily and took an escalator from the 2nd floor of the station to the 1st floor exit. Exiting the station, I turned left toward the Gotokuji shopping street where a relaxed atmosphere waited the commuters. Walking along the street, my eye’s caught Manekinekos in many locations.
Gotokuji_PowerPoleGotokuji_Market

There are a lot of Manekineko potteries/ceramics and illustrations, such as on market signs, bank’s bay windows, lamp posts, and more. Cool, this is a “Manekineko” town! I felt Manekineko was casually permeating throughout this town.

After a few minutes of walking the loop course around the temple, I’ve arrived at the entrance to the main gate where the cat used to sit inviting people in. As I approached the main gate, walking along the straight corridor, I was surrounded by the awesome sight of pine trees.

Gotokuji-MainGate

Entering the main gate, the three-storied pagoda jumps out at you, followed by the Buddhist sanctuary and the main hall. Each of these structures were built in different periods and has a unique respective mellow tone. Plus, there is a well-conditioned garden comprising the grounds of the shrine, creating a nostalgic feeling.

Gotokuji-Shofukudo

Going back to the left side of the sanctum, a secluded ”Manekineko Dedication Stand” appears, where dozens of variously-sized Manekinekos are sitting quietly.

Gotokuji-Dedication-StandGotokuji-Dedication

I bought this “Manekineko No. 2”. Cute and somewhat valiant look!

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When I thought about visiting the temple, I expected to find a gaily amount of publicity for Manekinekos from the town, but my prediction was off the mark. As with the origin of Manekineko, townspeople humbly and carefully preserve “them.” Excellent!

Cheers!


2016年06月10日 | Posted in Blogroll, Locations, Manekineko | Tags: , , , , , Comments Closed 

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