Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat by Susan LendrothIn a small Japanese village, a poor monk and his cat Tama live a simple life at the Kotoku Monastery. One day, a great storm passes through the village, and Tama is caught in the rain outside the temple. She waits under the eaves of a small shrine, cleaning her face and whiskers as best she can with her paw. A noble samurai is also passing through, and stops his horse under the cover of a large tree. But through the rain, what does he see? A cat with a raised paw, beckoning him forward? Curious, the samurai urges his horse forward. Just then, a bolt of lightning flashes and strikes the tree behind him, splitting it in two. The beckoning cat has saved his life. In his gratitude, the samurai brings riches to the small temple and the monk, who shares his wealth with the village.
So goes the Japanese legend of Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat. And to this day, the cat with raised paw beckoning guests is a symbol of good luck and good fortune in many Asian countries. Susan Lendroths retell
It is typically found displayed in stores and restaurants and is quite popular among Chinese business owners. You can easily recognize it with its cat features with one of its paw raised which is sometimes moving depending on the design. A lot of people find it adorable but only a few really know much about it. It portrays a cat seemingly inviting the observer with a beckoning gesture using its paw. It is also known by other names such as money cat, Chinese lucky cat, and welcoming cat; although these are not as commonly used.
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Customer Service for Subscribers. Ever wonder if there's a reason for those waving cats you see? Lucky Cats or Fortune Cats — and this is their story. The Maneki Neko is a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune for its owners. Being a curious cat, I decided to delve further and uncovered five interesting facts about the cheeky little Maneki Neko.
Maneki Neko is the famous Japanese lucky cat. The cat statue is easily recognizable as the cat will be holding one paw up. It looks like a waving cat. The Maneki Neko is thought to bring good fortune and wealth to its owner. This feline is considered very lucky. Anyone seeking success is sure to have a statue of this cat. This cat comes in all sizes and is found in homes, businesses, shops and so on.
In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed in—often at the entrance of—shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, laundromats, dry cleaners, salons, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. Maneki-neko comes in different colors, styles and degrees of ornateness. Common colors are white, black, gold and sometimes red. In addition to ceramic figurines, maneki-neko can be found as keychains , piggy banks , air fresheners , house-plant pots, and miscellaneous ornaments, as well as large statues. It is also called the "Chinese lucky cat" because of its popularity among Chinese merchants.