The lucky cat is the most popular lucky charm in Japanese/Chinese culture. Lucky Cats are traditionally called Maneki Neko in Japan and Zhao Cai Mao in China which literally translate to beckoning cat. This explains their characteristically upright paw as beckoning good luck and fortune for their owner. Raised left paw brings in customers, while a right paw brings good luck and wealth. The lucky cat is usually displayed—often at the entrance or on the window—of homes, shops, restaurants, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. The maneki-neko/Zhao Cai Mao is sometimes also called the welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat, happy cat, beckoning cat, or fortune cat in English.
The most common colour of lucky cats is white, followed by black and gold, and occasionally red is used as well. These are traditional for lucky cats. Japanese/Chinese people consider white to be for good luck generally, black for good health and to lure away evil spirits, and gold for monetary good fortune. Other popular colours include green and blue, which are both supposed to bring academic success, and pink, bringer of love.
There are aslo specific meanings behind what the lucky cats are wearing and holding. They usually have some sort of decoration around their neck. The most common ones are a neckerchief or a scarf, a collar, bell and decorative bib. What the lucky cats hold varies. If you see a small hammer, this represents wealth. The fish is symbolic of abundance and good fortune. Abacus means good budgeting. Lucky Cats can also be found holding gourds, prayer tablets, daikon radishes, and ingots. These items also represent wealth and good luck.
Our authentic Lucky Cats are made of porcelain and hand painted in a mixed range of beautiful colours by our artists.
These beautifully ornate gifts are perfect for cat lovers or the superstitious amongst us. They are also used as coin banks.
Abacus and Flower Lucky Cat
Approximately 1.5kg of weight(packed)
Abacus presents good budgeting
Pink and cherry blossom mean love
Flowers and fruit at the back mean harvest and succes in career and love