Japan in Jan: Maneki Neko, the Lucky Cat

by Chris on January 30, 2012

Why do Japanese love cats so much? A look at Maneki Neko, the official name for the lucky cat statues that you see throughout the country.
Hello Kitty, Japan

I knew that Hello Kitty came from Japan, but I never realized how cat-mad the Japanese were until I saw images of Maneki Neko – the lucky Beckoning Cat – all over the country. Once you notice one Maneki Neko, the white or gold cat statues that you’ll find in store fronts and restaurants, you’ll […]