This blog was created to share a fascination with Maneki Neko, the lucky beckoning cat.
Maneki Neko means “beckoning cat” in Japanese. Also known as the Lucky Cat, this friendly-looking cat statue with one raised paw can often be found welcoming good luck, customers and prosperity into Japanese and Chinese restaurants and stores. The Maneki Neko originated in Japan in the 17th century. There are several folk tales about the first Maneki Neko, many centering around a poor temple or business whose fortunes were turned around by a cat who brought good luck. The beckoning cat statue eventually made its way from Japan to China and then to other countries as well.