Mews and Nips: The Story Behind the Beckoning Lucky Cat

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Maneki Neko, the famous “beckoning cat,” is a familiar sight for most cat lovers. Also known as “lucky cat” or “money cat,” it is said to bring luck and prosperity. It has been a popular feature in Asian businesses for centuries. National Geographic recently featured a fascinating article about the history behind this cat. While there are various origin stories, they all begin  in Japan. Visit National Geographic to read the article.

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Today’s video features major cuteness overload. Make sure you have the sound on!

Have a great weekend!

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2 Comments on Mews and Nips: The Story Behind the Beckoning Lucky Cat

  1. Janine
    May 8, 2021 at 5:56 am (1 month ago)

    I enjoyed this article. I have been collecting lucky cats for years. I also enjoyed the video of the kittens. They are so cute..

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  2. Rudolph.A.Furtado
    May 8, 2021 at 5:06 am (1 month ago)

    Thanks for this informative article on the origins of the ” Maneki Neko”, the beckoning good luck cat statue.Have been fortunate to visit Japanese ports during my employment in the Merchant Navy and was amazed at the high esteem bestowed on pet cats in common Japanese shops .In fact I took a liking to cats after visiting Japan .Also purchased a cat artifact from Tokyo and over the decades since 1995 have had 3 cats in my household and yes were and are lucky to my household as non human companions as well as lucky mascots.

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