maneki-neko, the beckoning cat

According to Wikipedia:

“The maneki-neko (Japanese: 招き猫, literally “beckoning cat“) is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman), usually made of ceramic in modern times, which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—–often 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. The maneki-neko is sometimes also called the welcoming catlucky catmoney cathappy cat, or fortune cat or Buddha Kitty in English.”

These photographs were shot on a bright, beautiful, and breezy day in Chinatown, San Francisco. Even though the tradition of maneki-neko originated in the Japanese culture, it has gained major traction among the Chinese, and can be seen all over Chinatown, in every shop window, restaurant, and business.


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