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« on: September 15, 2015, 02:29:57 PM »

The maneki-neko (Japanese, literally "beckoning cat") is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.

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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—often at the entrance—of shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses.

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2015, 02:30:46 PM »

Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. The maneki-neko is sometimes also called the welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat, happy cat, beckoning cat, or fortune cat in English.

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Gold-colored maneki-neko with solar-powered continuously beckoning arm

Maneki-neko come 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" in some cases due to its huge popularity among Chinese merchants.

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A Maneki-neko in Chinese style

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2015, 02:39:15 PM »

History

Some believe the maneki-neko originated in Osaka, while some insist it was Tokyo (then named Edo). Maneki-neko first appeared during the later part of the Edo period in Japan. In 1876, during the Meiji era, it was mentioned in a newspaper article, and there is evidence that kimono-clad maneki-neko were distributed at a shrine in Osaka during this time. A 1902 advertisement for maneki-neko indicates that by the turn of the century they were popular.

Beyond this the exact origins of maneki-neko are uncertain, though several folktales offer explanations.

Others have noted the similarities between the maneki-neko's gesture and that of a cat washing its face. There is a Japanese belief that a cat washing its face means a visitor will soon arrive. This belief may in turn be related to an even older Chinese proverb that states that if a cat washes its face, it will rain. Thus, it is possible a belief arose that a figure of a cat washing its face would bring in customers.

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Maneki-neko with motorized arm beckons customers to buy lottery tickets in Tokyo, Japan

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Sometimes both paws are raised, though this is unusual

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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2015, 04:45:35 PM »
Naa ko ana mag lihoklihok ang kamot.

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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2015, 03:00:38 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2015, 03:01:35 AM »

ang ako battery-operated nga naguba. arang gyod hinoon ning made in china.

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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2016, 12:41:48 PM »

tired maneki-neko?

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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2016, 12:44:02 PM »

the great equalizer

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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2016, 03:34:07 PM »
Hmm, mga ligngin og nawong successfully equalized... 8)

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