The Legends Of Kind Lucky Cats
In Japan, these figures are exhibited in front of shops, restaurants and businesses. According to folk wisdom, a raised right paw brings good luck, while a left raised paw brings clients. The lucky cats come in different forms: statues, key rings, flasks with air fresheners, etc.
When looking at the Manekineko, you might think that it’s waving. In fact, it’s calling you to come closer and do something. In the East (particularly in Japan), a person who beacons someone will raise their hand and move their fingers until they attract attention. Europeans do it similarly, but with their hand directed toward themselves. The cats for the Western markets often have a “Europeanized” paw direction.
The meaning of the raised paw changed over time. Cats with two raised paws are the best (just in case). It’s believed that the higher the paw, the more luck