Metrotown Maneki Nekos

5 Jan

Looking for a place to buy a Lucky Cat in the Vancouver, BC area? Gift Surprises at the Metropolis (also known as Metrotown) Mall in Burnaby is one of the best places I’ve found (if you’ve got a bit of cash to spend). The store is full of cute Japanese plush toys and gifts, including character items such as Doraemon, Anpan Man, Totoro, and (of course) Hello Kitty.

(Located on the ground floor at the east end of the mall close to the Bay and beside the Best Buy Mobile store –below the food court)

These top shelf Maneki Neko (above) are the most expensive (I think the large one on the right was at least $100), and a selection of cellphone charms (including the ones below) is the least (approx $8-10).

If it’s that other cat you’re looking for (did you know Hello Kitty may actually have been inspired by Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat?), she can be found here in many sizes, outfits, and incarnations:

And once you’ve finished shopping, you may find yourself beckoned into the Japanese restaurant across the hall by these two Lucky Cats:

One Response to “Metrotown Maneki Nekos”

  1. Jean-Pierre Antonio January 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    That’s a great slection. I don’t know if you can recognize it but in the photo of the small maneki charms there is one called “maneki neko monchichi”. It looks like a monkey in a maneki neko suit. Monchichi was a animation character from Russia that became popular in Japan in the 60’s or 70’s. It’s sort of retro ktich-cool now. It looks like the maneki neko permuations knows no bounds.

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