According to legend, in the Tang Dynasty of China, a sentinel was brought back to Japan, so the people who raised cats at that time were nobles. It was not until the Edo period that cats began to appear in ordinary people’s homes.
At the same time, cats also serve in the gods in Japan. In Japanese, there is a saying called “God and Buddha”, which means that each shrine and temple can worship the gods of their own faith. But the cat is enshrined in different shrines, and it can be said that it is in an extraordinary position in the realm of the gods.
In the Howe Temple in Setagaya, Tokyo, it is also called “Cat Temple.” Haode Temple was originally a run-down temple. It is said that at the time, the second generation of the Edo period, Hikone’s second-generation 藩, Ichio, returned from hunting. After Haode Temple, he saw a cat coming out from the temple and waving to himself. He was very curious. Followed by the cat into the temple, the result just entered, the thunder and lightning outside, and the downpour. Iwai Yoshio believes that the cat is beckoning to save himself, so he rebuilt the temple for Haode Temple and reshaped the golden body.
Later, after the death of the cat, the abbot was very sad. He specially buried the tomb for the cat, established the “Tiger Palace” dedicated to the cat Guanyin, and created a cat that holds a single hand and symbolizes the blessing of the cat. The embryonic form of the cat