Cats and People's Day

Less known is that November 28 is "Neko to Hito no Hi (Cats and People's Day)" in Japan.

It was established by an office in Nishi Ward, Osaka City "Sore ga Ii Nya! Iin kai (That's good! Committee) Studio hito to inu (People and Dogs)".

It was certified and registered by the Japan Anniversary Association in 2020, which is the anniversary of its birth.

It was established as the cat category of "Hito to Inu Aiken Egao no Hi (Day of People, Dogs and Dogs Smiling)" on November 10.

Also, in Japan, February 22 is "Neko no Hi (Cats' Day)" every year.

In Kyoto, shrines, temples and shops with their signature cats attract many people as Maneki neko (beckoning cats).


On the "Tetsugaku no Michi (Philosopher's Path)", we can see various cats around the bridge at the southern end.

They live in a place where there used to be a coffee shop called "Nyakuoji".

The cats we meet around Nyakuoji are community-based, taken care of by their neighbors.

Every cat is cherished as a "Sakura Neko (cherry cats) "that has been sterilized and castrated.

The cats have a dignified appearance, and I can feel that they are guards of the Philosopher's Path.

Meanwhile, signs and wagons that were the remains of coffee shops were removed several years ago, changing the environment for cats.

There is no longer a retro wagon where you can see cats getting crowded.

Don't worry. Cats are protected by their neighbors.

Some cats may welcome you in the Philosopher's Path, so please watch them carefully when you see them.

I want to take "Cat and People's Day" as an opportunity to think about cats and people.


The "Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine" that I introduced in this "KYOTO CHISHIN" the other day is also located at the foot of Nyakuoji-bashi Bridge.

It is said that it was a syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism until the Edo period, and it was the Shogoin Monzeki in family named 'Sho-to-zan Nyakuoji Jyojyo-in.'

It is said that at that time, Kannon Bosatsu was enshrined as a fudasho (a temple where amulets are collected) of Kannon Pilgrimage.

The "Nyakuoji Kannon" stone monument that stands along the Philosopher's Path reminds us of those days.

The 'Ordinance Distinguishing Shinto and Buddhism' was proclaimed by the Meiji government at the turning point in the period from Edo to Meiji.

At that time, Shogosan Nyakuoji Jyojyoin left Shogoin monzeki and Kannon Bosatsu (Kannon Bodhisattva) and stone monuments were moved.

We can see a stone monument with the name "東山若王子 (Higashiyama Nyakuoji)" engraved on it at Yada Jizo-son (Yata-ji Temple) at Teramachi-dori Sanjo.

The site of a coffee shop with only cats, or the site of a fudasho (temple where amulets are collected) in a pilgrimage of the sacred places of Kannon.

I think of the things that disappeared or changed in the long history.

Tetsugaku no Michi (Philosopher's Path)
Nyakuoji-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City (south end)
10 minutes walk from Nanzen-ji Temple, Eikando-Michi, City bus stop

Here is for Philosopher's Path and Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine

Here is for The inn where we can meet cats if we are lucky

Here is for Sake and Cats and Umenomiya-taisha Shrine

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