There Is A Cat Shrine In Japan And Its Monks Are The Cutest

Cat lovers everywhere, rejoice! Japan is full of surprises and some of them are especially awesome if you’re a fan of fluffy felines. Catto admirers that visit Japan should do their best to head on over to Nyan Nyan Ji (literally meaning Meow Meow Shrine when translated into English), which is in Kyoto.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: a place named Meow Meow Shrine should be full of cats, right? Well, you’re 100 percent correct! The place has a cat monk and has catto assistants. How purrfect is that? Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with the owner of Koyuki the head cat monk of Meow Meow Shrine!

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If you’re ever in Kyoto, make sure to visit the Meow Meow Shrine!

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This is Koyuki, the head monk of the shrine. According to her owner, Koyuki loves interacting with her ‘worshipers.’

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Those people visiting the Nyan Nyan Shrine in Kyoto are in for a treat because they’ll be greeted by the current cat monk named Koyuki. Inside the shrine, you can order food and drinks that are, appropriately, cat-themed.

Koyuki’s owner talked to Bored Panda about Meow Meow Shrine: “This temple was opened by painter Toru Kaya with the theme of this favorite cat.”

According to Koyuki’s owner, the person who opened Meow Meow Shrine is a well-known painter of “shrines and temples.”

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The place is also full of statues and drawings that feature cats as well. If you’re in the mind for souvenirs, you can buy some of them inside the temple shop that’s called “Littlefootmark Ren.”

In an interview, Bored Panda was told that there are 7 cats working in the temple: Koyuki (who is female), Waka (male), Chin (male), Aruji (male), Ren (female), Konatsu (female), and Chicchi (female).

“Visitors who come to worship play with cats and enjoy cafes and cat art,” said Koyuki’s owner, who sent Bored Panda some exclusive photos from the Meow Meow Shrine.

Koyuki, the cat monk, is the most popular feline at the temple

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Koyuki isn’t the first cat monk to occupy the place of honor in the shrine: there are already three generations of feline monks. The temple opened only in 2016, so we’re not sure if such a quick change in cattos heading the shrine is a good or a bad thing.

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The cat assistants aren’t as popular as the head monk, but they’re just as cute

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The cat monk Koyuki is not the only feline at Nyan Nyan Ji. There are plenty of assistants there too. However, Koyuki, who has a grumpy face, is the most popular catto. We can see why, but we’re of the opinion that all cats are worth our attention.

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For those of you currently in Kyoto or who are planning a trip there in the near future, you can find the Meow Meow Shrine at this address: 520 Yasekonoecho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1253, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. If you do visit, make sure to send us plenty of pictures and leave a comment detailing your experiences beneath this post!

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You can eat cat-themed food at the cafe

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