Language and Humor

Animation: Maneki Neko Statue

Get good luck from a lucky cat (even from this bad kitty). (16 seconds; 75.8 KB)


[IMAGE: maneki neko statue animated GIF]

You receive good luck, wealth, etc. depending on the beckoning cat’s color. This lucky white, tortoise-shell tabby (calico) holds an old koban coin worth senman ryou (10 million ryou). A cat with its paw up as it cleans its leg looks like the Japanese palm-down beckoning (maneki) gesture (palm up is only for beckoning animals).