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Manekineko (beckoning cat)

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This common Japanese lucky charm is designed to bring good luck to any owner.


The original folktale of how this came to be is as follows:

The stray cat and the shop: The operator of an impoverished shop (or inn, tavern, temple, etc.) takes in a starving, stray cat despite barely having enough to feed himself. In gratitude, the cat sits in the front of the store beckoning customers, thus bringing prosperity as a reward to the charitable proprietor. Ever after, the "beckoning cat" has been a symbol of good luck for its owners.

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