Lucky Cat Small
Solar Powered Plastic Maneki-neko, Japanese Beckoning Cat
- Japanese Lucky Cat -
The maneki-neko (Japanese: 招き猫, literally 'beckoning cat') is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman), usually made of ceramic or plastic in modern times, which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a Calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed - often at the entrance in shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
To some Westerners it may seem as if the maneki-neko is waving rather than beckoning. This is due to the difference in gestures and body language recognized by some Westerners and the Japanese. The Japanese beckoning gesture is made by holding up the hand, palm out, and repeatedly folding the fingers down and back up, thus the cat's appearance.
Maneki-neko is the subject of a number of Folktales, explaining the cat's origins.
Here is our favourite...
The stray cat and the shop: The operator of an impoverished shop takes in a starving, stray cat despite barely having enough to feed himself. In gratitude, the cat takes up a station outside the establishment and beckons in new visitors, bringing prosperity as a reward to the charitable proprietor. Ever after, the "beckoning cat" has been a symbol of good luck for small business owners.
Requires 1 x AA Battery
Measurement: Height 120mm