This is not just for cat lovers! It’s the purrfect gift for anyone interested in Japanese craft and folklore. A lighthearted and colourful photographic foray into the world of manekineko, “Lucky Cat” reveals the history and mystery of one of Japan’s most popular talismans. This special gift set also comes with its own ceramic manekineko, designed by Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten and handmade in Japan.
It’s no secret Japan is a nation of cat lovers, and these paw-waving statuettes have been beckoning people into countless stores and homes for centuries. But what do they mean? Left or right paw up, white, black or pink? Which will will bring you riches, love or good health? Find out in this cute book filled with examples of historical and modern manekineko from different regions of Japan plus snippets of information explaining all.
We can’t lie, this is also a passion project of one of our founders, Mio, who personally picked the accompanying manekineko to bring you extra luck. Its right paw is up to bring happiness and fortune to your home, while tucked away inside is a temple good-fortune slip.
Lucky Cat Hardback, 64 pages, Published by Quadrille/Hardie Grant Manekineko Ceramic, designed by Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, made in Japan