Lucky Cat "Maneki Neko"
Often referred to as a ‘lucky cat’ in English, a maneki-neko is an iconic figurine and image of Japanese culture. Typically depicting a palico cat with a paw raised in a beckoning gesture, lucky cats are typically placed near the entrance of businesses in Japan.
This serves the double-purpose of beckoning luck and potential customers to enter the storefront. However, did you know that there are many different types of lucky cats in Japan? Let’s look at the history and origin of lucky cats, as well as characteristics of their design, as well as where to place them.