Waving Cats - Good Luck Minis®

No. 354422

by Safari Ltd
$119.99USD
  • 192 Pieces Per Bag. Only Available in Bulk Purchase.
  • Waving cats, also known as happy cats or lucky cats, are a common Japanese talisman, or good luck charm. They are most often depicted as white cats sitting upright, with one paw raised in a beckoning gesture. These cats are often seen in restaurants and shops near the entrance.
  • Japanese Name: Maneki-neko
  • Characteristics: These cats may seem to be waving hello, but they’re actually performing the classic Japanese beckoning gesture. Keep some of these cats around to welcome luck and good fortune wherever you are!
  • Size and Color: Each waving cat Good Luck Mini® is ¾ of an inch tall. Its color is mostly the traditional white, with a red collar featuring a gold bell, black whiskers, and a pink nose and mouth.
  • Waving Cats are part of the Good Luck Minis® collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free

History

Waving cats are thought to bring money and good fortune. Though the cat appears to be waving according to Western cultural behavior, the gesture is actually a common Japanese method of beckoning, and one of the names of this cat is indeed “beckoning cat”. Many examples of various sizes can be found, and sometimes feature a motorized arm to better convey the beckoning motion. Waving cats date back to the 1800s, and first appear during the Edo period in Japan, though it’s not known whether they originated in Tokyo or Kyoto.

  • Recommended Age: 5+
  • Size in cm: 25.5 L x 20.5 H
  • Size in inches: 10.04 L x 8.07 H
  • UPC: 095866001322