Sunday, 7 September 2008

Maneki Neko - Beckoning Cat

I first noticed a Maneki Neko whilst waiting for my Sesame Prawn Toast at a local takeaway Chinese Restaurant. A quick search on google revealed that these small sculptures originate from Japan, and bring good fortune to their owner.

The cats are most commonly displayed in shops, often near the cash register and close to the the entrace. As Wikipedia will tell you, a raised left paw will attract customers, where as a raised right paw will bring wealth and good luck.

The cats are available in various sizes and colours, and also with a battery operated, moving arm. Personally I would love a huge gold one, or this adorable little yellow one, avaialable on ebay at the moment.

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