• Oct 1, 2019

Maneki-neko, or the Japanese cat of happiness , for the first time appeared in the land of the rising sun, but then "was settled" worldwide.

 Maneki-neko. The Japanese cat of happiness On a photo: maneki-neko, Japanese cat of happiness

That it maneki-neko, or Japanese cat of happiness?

Maneki-neko, or the Japanese cat of happiness, is literally translated as "the attracting cat", "the inviting cat" and "the calling cat", but also is known under the names "Cat of Good Luck" or "Monetary Cat".

It is a sculpture from ceramics or porcelain which, on a belief, has to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture represents a cat with the raised paw. And if the right paw is raised - it is to money, and left – to influx of clients. Figurines meet two raised pads – possibly, these cats have to attract everything – more, it is more …

 Maneki-neko: what is meant by the raised pad? can hold Maneki-neko's (the Japanese cat of happiness) lifted the right or left pad. Or even both.

What color there is the Japanese cat of happiness maneki-neko?

The figurine representing a three-colored cat – with specks on white wool is considered traditional. Tortoise cats are considered as the most successful.

However there are also other coloring:

  • Pink maneki-neko is attracted by love.

  • the White Japanese cat of happiness – a purity embodiment.

  • the Figurine of red color is capable to protect the owner from diseases.

  • the Black cat will frighten off

    evil spirits.

  • the Gold skulpturka will bring to

    infinite riches.

 Maneki-neko different flowers On a photo: Maneki-neko's (Japanese cat of happiness) of different flowers.

As appeared maneki-neko – the Japanese cat of happiness?

Is known several legends of emergence maneki-neko.

It agrees the first of them, the prior of the temple Gotoku-dzi sheltered a homeless cat. The temple slowly fell into decay, but once the notable grandee of AI Naotaka by passed. Heavy rain rushed, and the grandee had to hide under a branchy tree. Suddenly Naotak's AI noticed the cat who beckoned his paw. The grandee approached a small animal, and here a tree under which it took cover, the lightning struck. Naotak's AI came to the temple and to gratitude that the temple cat saved his life, offered funds for restoration of a sanctuary. Since then attendants hold the ceremony devoted to cats, and at the temple figures of the Japanese cat of happiness maneki-neko are on sale.

However, there is also other version. That the cat lived in the abandoned temple, but every morning came to the road and waved a pad, inviting passersby to the temple. People could not resist the similar invitation, and soon many people, not forgetting and about gifts began to visit the temple. Thanks to a cat the temple began to prosper.

The third legend is connected with the courtesan Usugumo from Yosivara. She adored cats, but the cat once loved seized it, trying to entice to other room. On shout of the courtesan the policeman came running and killed a cat. Dying, the unfortunate cat managed to strangle the snake who hid in the room and by that saved life to the favourite hostess. Usugumo longed because of death of the favourite, and one of guests presented it as a gift a figurine which became a prototype maneki-neko later.

The fourth legend says that once in Tokyo there lived a poor old woman Imado. It did not may support even the cat and once banished it. But the favourite did not wish to leave the hostess and was to her in a dream, having advised to stick together a cat's figure from clay and to put at the road. The figure was bought by the passerby. After that the old woman began to mold figurines of cats for sale and fantastically grew rich.

Anyway, a mascot the Japanese cat of happiness became only in the second half of the 19th century, and since then decorates a set of houses, offices and shops.

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