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招き猫 - The welcoming cat
Osaka, Japan Michel Lammerse

招き猫 - The welcoming cat

The welcoming cat, maneki neko.
Nowadays you might see this cat more at souvenir stores than in other places.
Traditionally the cat is placed at the entrance of local restaurants and Japanese style bars to welcome customers.
These are shot at a store for stores so to say.

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Michel Lammerse21-Jul-2007 22:33
James, my wife (Japanese) says the origine of using a cat (symbol) to attract customers is from China, however this cat it's origine is from Japan
James Clarke20-Jul-2007 22:58
It seem most Chinese Restaurants (in Australia) have these, but very few (if any) Japanese Restaurants do, even though this originated in Japan?
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