I'm sure you are familiar with our next image... You must've seen them in local businesses (in Hawaii for sure!). It's Maneki Neko, or the beckoning cat. This cat is thought to bring good luck to the owner. There are several types and colors that bring different meanings.. For more info on the Maneki Neko, check out wikipedia here...
Our Maneki Neko has his left paw up, which I guess means he is welcoming in customers. There are many other versions that you may see, including a black cat (health), gold cat (wealth), right paw up (good luck and wealth).
I found this cute Maneki Neko figure to go along with my project. I'm not sure if you can tell, but my project is a checkbook cover. Before Christmas, my boss asked me to make her a few different checkbook covers since she had multiple checking accounts. All she asked is that they looked different so that she would know which one was which.
Here's a better look at the cats...
And an even closer look at one of them.
And thought you might want to see the Maneki Neko up close.
Hope you like our version of Maneki Neko! I am hoping to visit the Imado Shrine to see the huge Maneki Neko's on our upcoming trip. We totally missed out on it last time!
So do you want to win this charming cat? Here's what you gotta do:
1. Leave a comment on THIS POST by Saturday, 1/26/13 11:59pm HST
2. Tell me what good luck charms you keep... Can't wait to hear what you consider to be "lucky"!