In Other News, Japan Has A Cat Shrine
Dec 22, 2019
Laura Lee

Have You Earned Your Tomorrow

By Edgar Guest

Is anybody happier because you passed his way? Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today? This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through; Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along? Or a churlish sort of "Howdy" and then vanish in the throng? Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way, Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast, That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed? Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said; Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent? Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent? As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say, You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?

Japan has long been known for its unique culture. Almost 30 million tourists visit the Asian Pacific country each year and it’s pretty clear why. From its ancient Shinto shrines to its world-renowned cuisine (this is the country that invented gyoza and sushi, people), there are dozens of reasons to visit Japan and explore its three major cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.

The Japanese are also known for their love of all things bizarre and eclectic, as can be seen through Tokyo’s quirky anime cafes and infamous Harajuku fashion. And now, cat lovers everywhere have reason to celebrate, because apparently there is a shrine in Kyoto that’s entirely devoted to cats – appropriately called the Meow Meow Shrine or Nyan Nyan Ji in Japanese.

 

 

Cat worshippers will be delighted to meet the shine’s staff, which includes a cat monk and six little catto assistants. The current head monk is a feline named Koyuki, who is currently the shrine’s most popular catto thanks to his adorably grumpy face.

The shrine was founded by Toru Kaya, a painter of shrines and temples, and the original cat devotee. Visitors can browse leisurely through the plethora of statues and drawings depicting various furry felines. For those who aren’t fans of art, the shrine’s restaurant offers cat-themed food and drink, and you’re invited to explore the temple gift shop afterward.

 

 

Whether you’re a fan of cats, or just want to sip coffee while having a uniquely Japanese experience, the Meow Meow Shrine should definitely be on your bucket list.