Temple Cats, With Attitude

 

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In Japan, neko and temples go together like fish guts and beer, and every graveyard attracts a cadre of cats to guard the departed. At first I tried not to think about what they might be eating to make them so fat and happy (DO NOT GO THERE) until I was lurking around taking pictures late one afternoon, and witnessed the duelling cat ladies. Suffice it to say, these graveyard kittehs’ hunting regimen seems to consist mostly of stalking the wild kibble.

In any case, here they are in all their ornery glory: the few, the proud, the temple cats.

Tubbs of yore

Tubbs of yore

Loafy McLoafcat

Loafy McLoafcat

Souls downloaded while you wait

Souls downloaded while you wait

Gravestone & chill

Gravestone & chill

Oh hai, did you want to use this?

Oh hai, did you want to use this?

Yoga

Practical cat yoga

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Kitteh don’t care

TempleCat3

Quittin’ time

If you’d like to visit the kittehs at Gokoku-ji Temple the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

And just for fun, here are the eleven strangest shrines in Tokyo, with all the inside scoop on the resident gods’ superpowers. Two of them are at Gokoku-ji!

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