Lucky Cat - Maneki Neko [luckymanekineko]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
Contributors to our blog share photos of Maneki Neko, the Japanese beckoning cat statue that attracts good luck, where it is found in Japan and around the world: http://luckymanekineko.wordpress.com/
What techniques do you use to obtain customer loyalty?
Maneki Neko is placed at the entrance to businesses to beckon/welcome customers, good luck, and prosperity
What is your specialty? What does your work consist of?
A black Maneki Neko (beckoning cat) is said to ward off illness and evil spirits and attract good health
What is your specialty? How do you help people find harmony?
A white beckoning cat statue attracts/welcomes harmony and positive energy
Can you provide a link to a web site or blog where we can learn more about you?
Do you believe in the law of attraction: that we attract what we think about?
The popularity of Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat, is based on this belief. The Maneki Neko statue is the wish to attract good luck made visible.
What books are you currently reading?
"Maneki Neko, Japan's beckoning cats: from Talisman to Pop Icon" by Alan Scott Pate (Mingei Museum 2011)
Places in the world that you have visited recently.
Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat statue, originates in Japan, but has now spread around the world
What is your earliest memory?
A popular legend about the first beckoning cat goes back to 17th century Japan. In a small village near the city of Edo, there was a poor temple. A kind priest took in a stray cat, and the cat brought good luck and prosperity to the temple when he beckoned a passing Samurai lord out of the rain.
Cities, neighborhoods, and houses where you have lived: how have they marked the phases of your life?
The humble village where I grew up is now a suburb of busy Tokyo
Lucky Cat - Maneki Neko