Kutani Lucky Cat - Maneki Neko U

JPY ¥40,000

This is a yellow lucky cat with a mallet of luck. The yellow color is said to be a bringer of "good luck". It comes with a cushion so it looks good when displayed.

It is said that a cat with its right paw up will being fortune and lucky.

The lucky mallet is a small mallet that can be waved while chanting the name of a wish or something you want, and it will come true.

In the old days, Japanese farmers living with cats were said to prosper without crop damage because cats would drive away rats that damage their crops.
Today, also known as a "lucky cat," the beckoning cat is popular as a charm of good financial fortune.

Filled with Japanese tradition and good fortune, this lucky cat is excellent for your house decor and brings good luck to you and your loved ones. 


  • Dimension: 13.5cm(5.3in) x11.5cm(4.5in) xH17cm(6.7in)
  • Material: Porcelain - Kutani ware
  • Origin: Made in Japan


Toukou Kiln is a Kutani ware kiln and wholesaler that mainly produces auspicious items such as beckoning cats, owls, treasure ships, and the seven gods of good fortune. The owner, Kazuo Yoneda, is the third generation, having studied under his father and grandfather. He learned the basics of molding, overglaze porcelain painting, and general techniques, and continued his research to improve all of his techniques.

His specialty is "Nishiki-mori," a painting technique unique to Kutani ware. He uses a method called "Ichichin-mori," in which a special cream-like paint called "Mori-enogu" is applied using a piping bag. The paintings are painted carefully with the awareness that overglaze painting is the life of Kutani ware.

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About kutani ware

Kutani ware is a pottery produced in the Kaga region of Ishikawa Prefecture and it has a history of over 350 years. It is characterized by the heavy brilliance of the five colors of green, yellow, red, purple, and navy blue that are applied to the bold and daring lines. Its long history has evolved through the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of people who have sought innovation while maintaining tradition.

The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.