Maneki Neko (literally "Beckoning Cat"; also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Techno Cat, Money cat or Fortune Cat) is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of porcelain or ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat (traditionally a Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed-many times at the entrance-in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. In the design of the sculptures, a raised right paw supposedly attracts money, while a raised left paw attracts customers. Here is the story about Maneki Neko. This story goes that a wealthy feudal lord was taking shelter under a tree near Gotoku-ji temple (in Western 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. Maneki Neko come in different colors, styles, and degrees of ornateness. In addition to sculptures, Maneki Neko can be found as keychains, piggy banks, air fresheners, and miscellaneous ornaments. Maneki Neko usually have some sort of decoration around their neck. This can be a neckerchief or a scarf but the most common attire is a collar, bell and decorative bib. These items are most likely in imitation of what was common attire for cats in wealthy households during the Edo period. Red collars made from a red flower, the hichirimen, were popular and small bells were attached for decoration and to keep track of the cat's whereabouts. With the material of porcelain, designed in a vivid image, the Maneki Neko as a cultural icon is to make your house decoration in a unique look. There is a hole in the head of Maneki Neko, and it is easier for you to insert the coins. If you give your child as a gift, he/she will get a big surprise.
Made of Porcelain
Price for each.
Including a collar with golden bell.
Measurements may vary slightly.
With a small red cushion packaged.
Maybe the pattern design slightly difference with the picture.
Preparation Time: 7 working days.