TokyoStreetView: Gotokuji Temple & Maneki Neko (4K VIDEO)
From the Editor:
We love sharing awe-inspiring videos of the seething Shibuya scramble intersection or marveling at the eye-in-the-sky tilt-shift time lapse work of darwinfish105, but we also enjoy slower, contemplative slices of Tokyo life. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy our latest video feature, presented in beautiful 4K (don't forget to dial up the YouTube resolution!).
Gotokuji Temple & Maneki Neko
Hello Kitty may not actually be the most famous Japanese cat after all!
According to legend, it all started in 1697, long before the Gotokuji Temple was what it is now, with a poor and lonely priest living alone with his cat. One day during a heavy storm, a rich nobleman was stranded and took refuge under a nearby tree. Once settled, the nobleman saw the priest’s cat at the Temple’s entrance beckoning him to enter. Surprised, the nobleman followed the cat, and as soon as he began moving the tree was struck by lightning. Believing that the cat had saved his life, the nobleman decided to become the temple’s benefactor and it soon became prosperous.
As you might have guessed by now, the Maneki Neko are charms for good luck and prosperity, not only in Japan but all across Asia and especially in China.
For this story alone, Gotokuji Temple is a must-see when visiting Tokyo. While smaller than most famous temples around Tokyo, Gotokuji is unique for its design. Its three-storied pagoda and Kyoto-like atmosphere give even more weight to the charming story of the priest’s cat and the nobleman.
From the Contributor:
Beautiful Japan; a Love Story.
Japan is a world apart from everything you know. It’s a place like no other, built on centuries of tradition and unrivaled attention to detail. Japan is a cultural Galapagos out of reach for many, and it often remains an untouched mystery even for the lucky few who’ve come to call it their home.
A True Contemplative Experience.
TokyoStreetView is born of a passion for life in Japan, and the series aims to offer others around the world a chance to enjoy a bias-free experience of its many wonders. Unlike other videos you may find on Japan, TokyoStreetView’s are purely contemplative: our camera(s) are your eyes and our tripod is your chair, just sit with us, relax, and let an amazing world unfold in front of you in a succession of short ~10-second sequences of RAW 4K video.
We hope our passion for this mesmerizing country will touch your heart, and, though our videos, you’ll feel some of the wonder we held from the first day we set foot on this beautiful archipelago.