Its beckoning paw has a cult fanbase, but the lucky cat is more than just a cute ornament.
The iconic creature is a symbol of good fortune and used as a powerful lucky charm in shops and homes across Japan, China and beyond. The lucky cat (or maneki neko in Japanese) has a long history dating back to the 17th century that's packed with fascinating folklore, serious symbolism and countless contemporary cat spin-offs.
Its paw, bib, coin, collar and colours all have meaning. Did you know a pink cat will bring you luck in love, while a gold cat is all about wealth? Or that a left-pawed cat is used by businesses to attract customers, while a cat with a beckoning right paw is found in homes as talisman?
Dive into this adorable book to find out all you need to know about the beautiful lucky cat.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 64 pages, Full colour photography throughout
- Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 08/02/2018
- Category: Sociology: customs & traditions
- ISBN: 9781787131743