This is my second version of maneki neko, modelled this time on my dear Peony, a Japanese bobtail and niece and companion of Lotus, who inspired the first version. (There’s a photo of Peony here.) The raised right paw is said to beckon in money (whereas the left beckons in customers). Here maneki neko is wearing a bib in the style of one I bought at Zojoji Shrine in Tokyo. The bibs are intended for the small statues of the god Jizo, of which there are several brightly decorated rows at Zojoji, but you can also see them around the necks of maneki neko. This one has the traditional hemp leaf pattern. Maneki neko’s accessories are a lantern with the kanji for ‘luck’ and an origami crane representing peace. The characters on the right read ‘maneki neko’.
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