Maneki-Neko

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14/365- A Maneki-Neko, or Japanese Lucky Cat

14/365- A Maneki-Neko, or Japanese Lucky Cat

Japanese lucky cats are one the many symbols happily adopted by Western culture without a lot of knowledge behind the meaning. Wikipedia has an excellent description, but the short story is that they are meant to bring good luck or wealth to the owner. The paw is raised in beckoning, rather than waving as usually thought in western culture. I have a collection of them (6, in various colours and materials at last count), and while I can’t say they’ve necessarily brought me luck, I do like the figurines for their heritage, and the interesting folklore associated.

Do you have some kind of a symbol for luck? Has it worked? Please share!

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6 thoughts on “Maneki-Neko

  1. I actually have a little Daruma-san, it’s yellow for money. You colour in one eye for your wish, and you colour the other one in when the wish comes true. It hasn’t exactly worked yet, but maybe soon… there are some fabulous things happening in my life soon (fingers crossed).

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