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The art of Maneki Neko. Traditional ornament for good luck in Japan.

When you visit Japan, I recommend you to go in small shops.Maybe you will find cat-shaped plastic or ceramic figures beckoning with an upright paw.
They are called Maneki Neko which is believed to bring lucks for owners.
They are also known as Lucky Cat or Fortune Cat in English.

They are often painted in white, red, black or gold and grab and golden coin in its right arm.
Some of them look smiling.

You can find them at the entrance of small shops and other offices.
Maneki Neko
Maneki Neko

What kind of luck or fortune do Maneki Nekos bring to owner.

There are generally 2 types of Maneki Nekos, right paw up or left paw up.
According to Wikipedia
The significance of the right and left raised paw differs with time and place. A common belief is that the raised left paw brings in customers, while a right paw brings good luck and wealth
Source: Wikipedia
@Hands_Ikebukuro
東急ハンズ池袋店@Hands_Ikebukuro
本日1月6日(金)までニャ。「開運 谷中堂」の招き猫グッズをハンズ池袋店エントランスにて販売中ですニャ。1日ごとに表情の違う366日の占い招き猫もオススメだニャ!是非ニャ。 https://t.co/41WurBBGwP
https://t.co/41WurBBGwP
↑Black Maneki Neko raises right paw, white one raises left paw.

Please note some people believe in totally opposite way.But anyway Maneki Neko raise at least on paw.
You can also find Maneki Nekos with both paws up, but it is quite rare.
Maneki Neko with both paws up
Maneki Neko with both paws up
Source: Wikipedia

The falktale of beginning of Maneki Neko

There are several falktale about origin of Maneki neko.
Let me introduce one most famous story of all.
The temple cat: This similar story goes that a wealthy feudal lord named Ii Naotaka was taking shelter under a tree near Gōtoku-ji temple (in Setagaya, Tokyo) during a thunderstorm. The lord saw the temple priest's cat beckoning to him and followed; a moment later the tree was struck by lightning. The wealthy man became friends with the poor priest and the temple became prosperous. When the cat died, supposedly the first maneki-neko was made in his honor.
Source: Wikipedia
@S3UIV1xEibXD7Nz
行けてなかった初詣に豪徳寺????
へ…招きねこさんがいっぱい✨
我が家の猫さん家族の幸せを願って参りました☺️???? https://t.co/ByqLKFoFYD
https://t.co/ByqLKFoFYD
@gien_k
gien_k(AS.Roma党)@gien_k
うはー(*´ω`*)
#猫#豪徳寺#井伊家 https://t.co/6WO2TqjcII
https://t.co/6WO2TqjcII
↑Gotokuji temple (豪徳寺)

Maneki Neko photo collection! Here we go!

Imado shrine Maneki neko (The place related to one of the beginning falktales of Maneki neko)

@sugachiechan
HappyHappyLife@sugachiechan
今戸神社。招き猫発祥の神社。ねこちゃんたくさん。 https://t.co/bsAl67SWFD
https://t.co/bsAl67SWFD

Keigo Shrine (警固神社) / Fukuoka prefecture

@Magical_mai
maii まい@Magical_mai
警固神社で買ったおみくじの入れ物の招き猫だよ???? https://t.co/l0XDg40mnA
https://t.co/l0XDg40mnA

Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine / (伏見稲荷大社) / Kyoto prefecture

@kissa_uzura
喫茶ウズラ@kissa_uzura
昨日、伏見稲荷で買ってきた招き猫。お店の片隅でひっそりと、お客さんと福を招いてくれてます。 http://t.co/Ei3lKpAZ
http://t.co/Ei3lKpAZ

Chokokuji temple / 長谷寺 / Yokohama city

Maruha rinku Tokoname drive in

Matsushima shrine / 松島神社 / Tokyo city

@SchlafenKatze
松島神社さんで購入した親子招き猫と、末廣神社さんの招き猫神籤も
…ええ、招き猫につられました ハイ https://t.co/AGSmwkkVmD
https://t.co/AGSmwkkVmD

Gotokuji temple / 豪徳寺 / Tokyo city

@pato_light
勹≠ナ"/≠@pato_light
奇行人間タートルズことももとと豪徳寺へ!招き猫ミッチリ!
世田谷は私の元ホームタウン!
散歩がてら歩いてるとロックシールドを入手!私のは「イーチーゴ!!」ももとのは壊れてて永遠に「サクサクサクサク...」って音がするよ!! https://t.co/OVOikUqHMp
https://t.co/OVOikUqHMp

Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine / 住吉大社 / Osaka prefecture

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department store / 日本橋三越百貨店 / Tokyo city

@JapanWebGuide
Japan-Web Guide@JapanWebGuide
https://t.co/J997FwD0Hl

Kaiyo-do <figure maker company> / 海洋堂

Toyokawa Inari shrine / 豊川稲荷 / Aichi prefecture

@banzai_girl
萬歳光恵◆レオノワール2/22-27@banzai_girl
ねぇ見て!これ!ばんざい招き猫!
千両箱足で押さえてるの~ヽ(´▽`)/

#豊川稲荷 #初詣 #御朱印 https://t.co/VShA79tQqX
https://t.co/VShA79tQqX

Maneki neko shaped Wagashi <Japanese cake> / 和菓子 練りきり

Okage alley / おかげ横丁 / Mie prefecture

Maneki neko baloon

@omm0518
おむむ@omm0518
商店街の招き猫が選手生命の危機に瀕しててワロタ https://t.co/XZxF7eFxfx
https://t.co/XZxF7eFxfx

Yeon mall Tokoname <shopping mall> / イオンモール常滑 /Tokoname city

@games_hannibal
ハンちゃんの動画【笑】@games_hannibal
招き猫がでけえw https://t.co/WwBeszBaht
https://t.co/WwBeszBaht

Kawagoe Daruma figure market / 川越だるま市 / Kawagoe city

@09Rkajikawa
rkajikawa@09Rkajikawa
川越だるま市から連れ帰った招き猫さんたち。
どの猫さんたちも一目惚れ(*´∀`*) https://t.co/A3dcdNAFEZ
https://t.co/A3dcdNAFEZ
@tochiotome3
とちおとめ@tochiotome3
だるま市、もはやだるまではないが、めちゃツボだった招き猫をお買い上げ。 https://t.co/aykMGrZizy
https://t.co/aykMGrZizy

Hey! you guys should be mice...

Lottery stand

@U2RwetMVKLEhkY8
紫水@らんまるちゃん@U2RwetMVKLEhkY8
宝くじ買ったった~⤴
夢買ったどぉ〰❗

招き猫ちゃんナデナデしてきた????
みんな変な????でみてました????
チトはずかしかったニャン笑 https://t.co/1ivXFoj1wX
https://t.co/1ivXFoj1wX

Sexy Maneki neko

@engei_care
らんどすけーぷおやじ@engei_care
大阪の東通商店街の入口に座ってた!!変な招き猫!! http://t.co/fTgejCbfqk
http://t.co/fTgejCbfqk

Real Maneki nekos

@anitheraa
Animal Therapy BOT@anitheraa
リアル招き猫ω https://t.co/1Ol0sKPH
https://t.co/1Ol0sKPH
@blue_square
リアル招き猫 https://t.co/v8qNLlZ4xQ
https://t.co/v8qNLlZ4xQ
@hikohiko_ta
ゆづき@hikohiko_ta
リアル招き猫 ロール / 長野県 / うるちゃんさん https://t.co/sbWY5h3X10 #pet_sos #pet #cat #nyanko #neko #猫 #ネコ https://t.co/RuHqD5tbE7
https://t.co/RuHqD5tbE7
@omosirotwit
つい笑ってしまうおもしろ画像bot@omosirotwit
リアル招き猫 https://t.co/zsgYC4Fy7L
https://t.co/zsgYC4Fy7L
↑ "One handshake 10 JPY" on the cardboard

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  • devan_desu
    is this Shop-Cat originated from the Chinese or the Japanese first? or the Japanese got it because they took it from the Chinese just like the kanji?

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