Maneki Neko LEFT Paw Beckoning Lucky Cat. In assorted Colors Thanks to Strong Flexible Plastics now you can take your love of Feng Shui and that special luck of the beckoning cat in the following Colors according to Life Aspirations, on the road with you as a plastic charm according to these Feng Shui colors; try as a Cell Phone Charm. (Only in strong flexible safety first). Buy them in all available colors to help you on your pathway to enlightenment.
Tri-color Cat AVAILABLE HERE IN STRONG ORANGE FLEXIBLE: (modeled after the Japanese bob-tail breed, this is a popular & traditional color for lucky cats, beckoning general good luck, wealth, prosperity)
White Cat AVAILABLE HERE IN STRONG WHITE FLEXIBLE: purity, happiness, positive things to come.
Black Cat AVAILABLE HERE IN BLACK: for safety, wards off evil and stalkers
Golden Cat GET IT IN PRECIOUS METALS GOLD: Intense wealth and prosperity.
Red Cat AVAILABLE HERE IN RED STRONG FLEXIBLE: protection from evil & illness (especially illness in children) love, marriage and personal matters.
Pink Cat AVAILABLE HERE IN PINK STRONG FLEXIBLE (a more modern color): love, relationships and romance
Green Cat AVAILABLE HERE IN GREEN STRONG FLEXIBLE (also a modern color): educations/studies
Blue Cat AVAILABLE HERE IN Blue STRONG FLEXIBLE promote intelligence and academic success.Also wisdom and career success.
Purple Cat Available HERE IN Purple Strong Flexible cats promote prosperity. Also wealth, lifestyle, & opportunity.
Yellow Cat AVAILABLE HERE IN Yellow STRONG FLEXIBLE cats beckon for good health, stability, & good marriages.
Gray Cat Available HERE IN Metallic Strong Flexible for safe enjoyable travel. To attract Helpful People.
The kanji at right is quite common on Japanese Maneki Neko coins (the coin is called a koban). It reads “sen man ryo”, which means 1,000 X 10,000 ryo. So that is 10,000,000 ryo. A ryo is the name of a gold coin that was used in Japan in the Edo period, and 10,000,000 of them was a huge fortune at that time.
Right Paw raised: invites money and good fortune (usually to businesses)
Left Paw raised: invites customers or people
(Some suggest the right & left paws both invite business-related prosperity, but that the left paw is for businesses of the night, such as bars, geisha houses & restaurants. Use of lucky cats in homes is more recent)
Both Paws raised: invites protection of home or business
Coin: wealth and material abundance
The stray cat and the shop: The operator of an impoverished shop (or inn, tavern, temple, etc.) takes in a starving, stray cat despite barely having enough to feed himself. In gratitude, the cat takes up a station outside the establishment and beckons in new visitors, bringing prosperity as a reward to the charitable proprietor. Ever after, the "beckoning cat" has been a symbol of good luck for small business owners.
The temple cat: This similar story goes that a wealthy feudal lord named Ii Naotaka was taking shelter under a tree near Gōtoku-ji temple (in Setagaya, Tokyo) during a thunderstorm. The lord saw the temple priest's cat beckoning to him and followed; a moment later the tree was struck by lightning. The wealthy man became friends with the poor priest and the temple became prosperous. When the cat died, supposedly the first maneki-neko was made in his honor.
The old woman's cat: An old woman, living in Imado in eastern Tokyo, was forced to sell her cat due to extreme poverty. Soon afterwards the cat appeared to her in a dream. The cat told her to make its image in clay. She did as instructed, and soon afterward sold the statue. She then made more, and people bought them as well. These maneki-neko were so popular she soon became prosperous and wealthy.
Bib and Bell: may relate to protection, as well as wealth and material abundance.