Imado Shrine

Imado Shrine

– Imado Shrine – 今戸神社 –
Tokyo(東京) – July 31, 2018

Like cats? Then you should definitely check out this shrine.

Imado Shrine is famous for two things: matchmaking and the money beckoning cat known as maneki neko. Located near Asakusa Station, I highly recommend checking it out.

The reason for the shrine’s famed matchmaking powers are the enshrined gods Izanagi and Izanami, the first couple to marry according to the Japanese records. It’s a good place to pray for love.

This is also the origin of the famed maneki neko. According to legend, the first maneki neko statue was made by an old woman whose cat came to her in a dream saying that if she made statue of him she’d find joy. Now there are maneki cat figures all over the shrine.

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